Got no money? Want a graphics program? Get this: Expression 3. I don't think you will regret it. It is great and it's free, free, free. Might take a while to download if you are not on a broadish band – 55 megs.
You will need to spend a little time getting used to how it works and having a good dose of RAM will not be a disadvantage. Runs fine with the 768megs that my machine now boasts.
Stop reading, start speaking
Stop translating in your head and start speaking Italian for real with the only audio course that prompt you to speak.
Oh, and did I mention that a certain company run by one Bill Gates is giving this gem away. No? Well, it's true.
The WWW doesn't half hold some well kept secrets.