Originally Posted by Superbass
I assume it's an operating system based reason for Organizer vs. Bridge with Photoshop elements, kind of like Outlook vs Entourage in MS Office. Do you also get confused by why PCs have Outlook and Macs have Entourage? Is it worth worrying over? Or were you just bashing Adobe...
PSE is a stripped down version of PS, aimed at amateurs/consumer level folks who don't need all the features. Everybody needs some sort of content catalog, so Adobe made Organizer, which is a (very) stripped down version of Bridge. I guess there was an issue with porting Organizer to mac, so they just stuck with Bridge. Lucky mac users, since the Bridge is a lot more powerful than Organizer....
The Lightroom catalogue is part of Lightroom, and i doubt could just be yanked out and pasted onto Photoshop Elements. Photoshop and Lightroom are different programs.
Is there a problem with that?
Yes. Adobe has no big picture, no plan, no strategy.
If it's an operating system difference (that PSE has Organizer on Windows but Bridge on Mac), then how come they didn't have the same problem with Lightroom? Is the PSE Organizer not comparable to Lightroom's catalogs? (And if Organizer is a stripped down version of Bridge, as you say, then how come the full Bridge works on Mac but the Organizer doesn't. That makes no sense.)
Look at Adobe's history of photo-editing programs. Please. http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/di...stimeline.html
Adobe's being going after the consumer/prosumer photo editing market for years. Remember PhotoDeluxe?! Ugh. I do. Then Photoshop LE? Another discontinued product. They didn't even get close until Photoshop Elements 1.0.
Still way too confusing for beginners and way too much non-photo related stuff. Now people create amazing images from scratch in PSE, but a lot of its photo tools replicate what's in Lightroom.
If you're a prosumer who buys a dSLR, do you get Photoshop Elements or Lightroom? Well, they want you to buy both. But they still don't integrate well. Where do you store your images? Which do you use for which procedure?
It's a mess. A disaster for the end user.
But great for Adobe, because they get to charge you for both programs and there's no clear workflow for the user.
But look at Apple. You have either iPhoto or Aperture. Both integrate throughout the operating system (you can use either--or both!--for desktop backgrounds, screen savers, or within the iLife or iWork apps). In fact, you can reference Aperture images in iPhoto (File-->Show Aperture Library) and iPhoto images from within Aperture (File-->Show iPhoto Browser). How beautiful and consistent is that?
What Apple needs is more photo editing tools. Do they need their own Photoshop CS? Not sure about that. But certainly more photo editing tools than Aperture currently has--such as selection/region-based editing, without being destructive editing. That's, admittedly, a big gap that they fill by telling you to get PSE or PS CS. Apple can do better than that.