Well, publishers stereo y'en a package, but the level of wave lab or sound forge, the gap in quality.
For my part I use SF 10 from version 9 and I know very well also wave lab.
Apart from some differences in approach too long to list here, it's white hat and white hat and what are the Swiss Army knives when the edit control.
I love SF 10 for simplicity and the tree despite the software package of tools and effects very powerful and complete, we do not confuse.
A little extra izotop is great in terms of multi-band compressor, limiter that I love gives punch to any song in a wink.
I never needed to immerse myself in the instructions, the software is very intuitive, stable and the result is qualitatively when we control the beast.
I'm running under XP with an old AMD 3200 + proc and 2g of ram and I have no problem even with its heavy treatments.
My sound card is a small Quatafire 610 which remains on almost non-stop for 5 years.
3 years and I am still discovering a lot of things that I did not know, I never read the manual again, I go to trial and error!
Some find his faults, he's sure but honestly, it's a gas plant that has never disappointed and I'm not turned on yet wave lab is the so-called reference!