ImageJ deserves your continued appreciation. I'm in a physics department. ImageJ is widely used by our students in both physics and astronomy contexts. It is loaded on well over 50 computers in the department. It gets used in labs, research, and homework. Some of the time it is used for cosmetics (minor image processing, addition of graphical elements such as circles and arrows). Sometimes it is used analytically. As much as we use it, I'm sure we have only touched on its breadth and depth.
It is free, actively maintained, and widely appreciated in the scientific community. Stable, extremely functional, and not hard to learn. Do not be put off by its lack of glitz. It is a gem.