My wife and I are in the travel business. I like to make 8½ x 11 flyers for our cruise promotions. I start with a blank page and add images and text to make a composite, and then save it off in pdf. I've been using an old XP version of Microsoft Picture It! running in XP Mode on Windows 7. I need to upgrade to something more modern that will handle eps files, etc. I'm not a graphic designer, so the Adobe product line is confusing for me. So which product would be best for me, the cheaper the better? Thanks
For the time spent learning how to use Illustrator and the cost of it you could probably hire a professional.
If you want to do it yourself for a small company, avoid Adobe all together unless you want to use their 30 day trails - google it for info.
Gimp is good, free, simple. http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
And as above, Publisher and Expression design can be OK - generally it's what you do with the software not the software itself.