Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I'm currently considering getting a new laptop before starting my Illustration course, and I don't know which programs to buy. The Illustration course itself seems mostly traditionally orientated as the equipment list I got features no mention of programs or having to buy tablets. Though I'm still interested in doing Digital work, and have recently finished a week's work experience at a Graphic company, where I got a chance to get to grips with the Wacom tablet's and Adobe Illustrator. (Which I found frustrating and ill-suited for myself)
So I asked them what Corel painter was like and they claimed it was a poor program and I was best sticking to Adobe. (Though the fact they were Graphic designers rather than Illustrators, could be the reason for that) I'd personally like to know what a digital artists opinion on the various programs available is. Thanks.