I do think it's a bit silly of them to make PSD compatibility a pro feature.
I don't need to do the kind of flash it will support, I don't need DTP, but i would appreciate being able to open/import from PSD and also pantone support from an illustration program. But it turns out I have to shell out over $100 to get this... not worth it for me.
It is a nice illustration program, though. Worth trying now that freehand is probably disappearing, and Corel more expensive than ever.