Monday, September 20, 2010
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:21 PM
"SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2010 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) Elements 9 software for Windows(r) and Mac, offering a complete photo solution to anyone who wants to organize, edit, create and share extraordinary photos. With the newest version of the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software,* Adobe delivers powerful new technology to equip every consumer with the ability to achieve professional results easily and quickly."
Adobe has released the latest in the Adobe Photoshop Elements line, and as a long-time user of this product, I'm glad to hear it. I've believed for a long time that too many people think they "need" to buy the very expensive full version of Photoshop, when the reality is that Elements will likely do everything they need. These are the people though who feel like they're somehow less than cool if they're not using the most expensive software there is, the most expensive lenses, etc. But I digress...
So what does Photoshop Elements 9 bring to the table? The Spot Healing Brush, adapted from Photoshop CS5's much-praised content aware fill, should be pretty slick. There's a feature called Photomerge Style Match, which sounds like it functions a bit like the copy/paste settings in Lightroom. There's the ability to post to Facebook, and create online "interactive albums". Portraits get a boost with the "Perfect Portraits" feature - sounds like some sort of one-click retouch. I never touch the Organizer part of Elements, mostly because in previous versions I've found it to be intrusive and awful from a performance aspect, but prolific shooters may like the feature that automatically analyzes your photos and assigns it a rating based on lighting, focus, or contrast.
I get every very of Photoshop Elements, so I'll get this one too...but I should point out that v9 very likely continues the ugly trend Adobe introduced in v8: online activation that's restricted to two copies of the software. As someone that routinely uses six different computers, software with activations plans like this really irk me. I use Photoshop Elements 7 on my other computers because it lacks the online activation - I really wish Adobe treated their Photoshop Elements customers the way they treat their Lightroom customers; no online activations.
Adobe hasn't updated their product Web site yet, and I didn't get any images to go along with the press release, so for now you'll have to use your imagination. The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...