For the past month I've been using Adobe Photoshop Elements (trial) and it's expired. I was looking into other alternatives that do not cost me money, but I think I might just bight the bullet and pay for Elements since I'm very familiar with it now and love how it works.
Alternatively, you could try to get a keygen for Elements, download the trial version for free and use it for as long as you want. Illegal though, not fair to Adobe, and I honestly don't know where to get those keygens (really, I don't).
Can Elements handle the Alpha RAW files? If so, I think you should get it, even if you have to pay for it. I haven't used Elements myself (Photoshop CS2 only), but I've seen some great looking screenshots on the web and in magazines.
- Bjorn -