From Adobe Systems:
Adobe Photoshop Elements helps you edit pictures with powerful, easy-to-use options and share them via print, the web, Facebook, and more. Live in the moment knowing you can easily turn your everyday snapshots into sensational photos.
April 23, 2011
Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0
Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 is PowerPC native and a used copy can be purchased for around $20.
Cnet hosts a page advertising the trial version of Elements 3, but only provides download links to an update for Elements 9, meaning I can't evaluate Elements 3 before buying.
It's so helpful of you to inform me that Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 isn't the current version of Elements, because without your help I never would have known about Elements 9. It's completely out of the question that I'd know Elements 9 only supports Intel chipsets and thus won't run on my old fashioned PowerPC, since I've never heard of it. In fact, you were so determined to be helpful in my endeavor to download a the free trial version of Elements 3 hosted on your site that you replaced the download link for the Elements 3 trial with a download of an Elements 9 update.
This, of course, made it quite impossible for me to download Elements 3 from your site; one of the few sites that doesn't simply link to the developer page. (Adobe, of course, fails to acknowledge any version older than Elements 9.) If I could run Elements 9, I would have downloaded the trial from Adobe with no reason to even visit your site. I didn't waste hours of my time that could have been spent working on commissions searching for a valid download link of Elements 2 or 3 because I think they're recent, it's because I want to try them out before I invest in a used copy.
While other sites merely inform me that their download link, which led to Adobe's download link, is no longer valid; you got my hopes up by pretending to host the trial, insulted my intelligence by providing a download link to Elements 9.0.3, and aroused my ire by providing no download link to Elements 3 (as was promised.) Here's hoping that your employees, their immediate family members, and all of said family members' closest friends choke to death on giant, syphilitic penises.
February 20, 2011
Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0.2
Easy to use. The tools are intuitive. For the price of about $100 most people will find it just right for the price/performance.
You might like to view tutorials on YouTube or buy a book. I'd view the tutorials first. You will discover that Photoshop Elements to be more intuitive than you think.
If you are an amateur photographer and want to get to the next level this is the gateway. Later on, as you gain experience in digital photography, you may with to graduate to the more advanced Adobe products.
January 17, 2010
Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0
There is a lot of power under the hood with good quality
It seems that most actions need too many clicks; the obvious is not the best; integration with aperture or iphoto is not findable.
It may well be the must-have for photo editing, but it could be more user friendly, look and act more like most mac software and be more cooperative with places where I want to work with. The time invested in getting to know the program is usually translated into good results, but for the occasional user it is complex to remember where and how things best can be done and it seems that after every holiday the learning curve starts again. However, it is a recommender. The programs works, the results are good and for the price it is hard to find a better photo editor. It is nice to be able to work towards different purposes from the same original: i.e. copies for print, or (safe for) web or otherwise, but they are not kept in a library and one must organize the output outside Photoshop Elements. The 30 day trial option is a good way to see if you can get to grips with all the power and the complexities. My guess is that most will see more benefits than obstacles and dash out the reasonable amount for the purchase.
February 25, 2009
Version: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0
Ease of use
Breadth of capabilties
Integration with iPhoto
Lack of price integrity/having to hunt around to find the best deal.
I tried a lot of the other free-to-modestly priced digital editors - GIMP, Pixelmator, etc. - and all of them, while good, had various challenges, many of which involved ease of use issues. While the list price for Photoshop Elements is higher than all these other ones, you can almost certainly get it for a lot less (probably less than $60 - I got mine for about $35 after a $20 upgrade rebate). Photoshop does more than all these other programs with a better interface, much greater ease of use and great integration with iPhoto.