Announced on 8/26/08, Adobe will be shipping updated versions of its consumer-focused image editing and video applications, Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7. They can be purchase separately or bundled together. You can pre-order your own copies on Adobe’s website, or check with your reseller if you are buying for your school.
You may ask, “Aren’t these just scaled down versions of your professional applications with all the powerful/cool stuff taken out?” Absolutely not! The Elements products have many powerful tools like; advanced selection tools, layers, effects, transistions, color keying (green screening), and more. The Elements applications are just better geared for those getting started with digital media. They include organizers for your media, images and templates that are ready to use, pre-made projects that you can easily add your photos and videos to, and more. They are are also ideal for expanding the use of media into traditional school subjects like math and science, because you can build a mock newscast or commercial on a topic without being a media pro.
You may also ask, “Are these applications just on Windows?” Pretty much, we do have Photoshop Elements 6 available for Mac, but typically Photoshop Elements releases for the Mac have lagged behind Windows releases. We also don’t have Premiere Elements on the Mac. Why? With a bevy of media tools in Apple’s iLife, that is included for free on their computers, the Adobe product teams believe it is better to focus on the Windows platform that does not have these tools. That said, the Elements products have a lots of great things to offer that you won’t find in iLife. If you think Adobe should be making Elements products for the Mac, fill out a feature request form and let the product teams know.
Check out all the new features on the product page, and stay tuned to our blog for updates on all the cool things you can do in the classroom with the Elements twins.