I've used pirated software in the past. Mainly games. For some reason, using an illegal copy of a productivity tool somehow felt more wrong. Once I got serious about game development, I cleaned up. But yeah, I confess. voodooshaman, I have to echo what most have already said: With the plethora of excellent cheap/free tools available out there, there's no possible justification for using pirated software. I hope you'll go through the same epiphany I did, and either pay for the commercial software, or replace it with the alternatives. Applewood, while I have no beef with your position on pirated software, I think your take on cheap/free tools is ludicrous, sorry to say. Price and quality are not always connected, just as free and lackluster don't always go together, either. I use largely free tools, and I've never once said to myself "man, this would be so much easier if I had [insert commercial tool here]".