Adobe launches Photoshop Elements 9, Premiere Elements 9 for Mac

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Adobe on Tuesday announced the launch of Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 for both Mac and Windows, with "groundbreaking features" added to the No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software.



The latest release marks the first time that Premiere Elements, Adobe's best-selling consumer video-editing software, is available on the Mac platform. Adobe said that Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 offer the most powerful tools yet, with easy-to-use products at a compelling price point of $99.99. Both applications are also available in a bundle for $149.99.



"For the first time, both Windows and Mac users can do more with their photos and video with Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 bundle -- a unified solution for all photo and video needs," said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging at Adobe.



"With industry-leading products like Photoshop and Premiere Pro in the family, Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are uniquely positioned to leverage the technology the pros use. Our goal is to deliver our customers intelligent and accessible features that do all the heavy lifting, empowering them to easily share high-impact memories with friends and family."



Adobe Photoshop Elements 9



Photoshop Elements 9 is said to deliver consumers the ability to achieve professional results easily and quickly, including the new addition of Content Aware Fill this year. It offers a "complete photo solution" for those who want to organize, edit, create and share photos.



"The Photoshop brand has been creating groundbreaking imaging magic for 20 years, and Photoshop Elements has been making that magic accessible to mere mortals for nearly a decade," Connor said. "The Content Aware Fill technology introduced with Photoshop CS5 is one of our most exciting innovations ever, so we're thrilled to be able to make it accessible to photo and video enthusiasts in this latest Elements release."







Features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 include:



Image Intelligence for Easy Editing:? Photoshop Elements 9 uses powerful technology to make even the most complex results achievable for anyone. Adapted from Photoshop CS5?s celebrated Content Aware Fill feature, the content intelligence in the Spot Healing Brush analyzes what?s in the image and quickly de-clutters or repairs photos (like removing tourists from a crowded scene or an obstruction, such as a telephone pole) with a swipe of a brush, magically filling in the background. The same content intelligence synthesizes missing pixel information to create a stunning panorama from multiple photos, without leaving any gaps or blank spaces.



In addition, the new Photomerge Style Match turns drab photos dramatic by analyzing characteristics of any photo, such as contrast or color tone, and automatically applies those qualities to another photo, allowing users to easily replicate any photo style. Several new Guided Edit options walk users step-by-step through the process of achieving cool editing effects such as Out of Bounds, making an element of a photo appear to leap off the page in 3D, creating pop art masterpieces, or retouching made easy via the perfect portraits feature. In addition, users now have access to Layer Masks for compositing richly layered photos.



Organization Made Easy: For the first time, the popular Photoshop Elements Organizer is available on both the Windows and Mac platform, to help users quickly organize, find and display photo and video clips from one convenient location. The Auto-Analyzer takes the work out of finding the best shots by automatically searching a user?s collection of photos and assigning a tag based on quality, such as lighting, focus or contrast. People Recognition also automatically creates People tags, so you can find your favorite people fast and it becomes more intelligent over time as it learns to associate specific faces with names.



Sharing Photos Virtually Anywhere: After users make their photos look better than ever, they have various sharing options, including posting photos directly to Facebook or creating one-of-a-kind interactive Online Albums with animated templates. In addition, users can share their memories with personalized photo creations like scrapbook pages, photo books, calendars and cards that can easily be printed from home or via online print service providers. The flexible photo creation workspace allows users complete control over how they design their photo books, by automatically placing photos within a template or providing access to any Photoshop Elements editing feature from directly within the layout mode.



Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Plus: For added convenience, now Photoshop Elements 9 Windows and Mac users have the option to purchase Plus, which offers 20GB of storage for automatic online backup and sharing (up to 15,000 photos or four hours of DVD-quality video), as well as ongoing deliveries of new tutorials, artwork and interactive online templates sent directly to the desktop software. A benefit to all Photoshop Elements users is virtually anywhere access to photos and videos online or via select mobile devices at Photoshop.com.



Adobe Premiere Elements 9



Premiere Elements 9 allows users to turn raw video footage into professional-looking movies in minutes, and share that content with friends and family virtually everywhere. It is the first time that Premiere Elements is available on the Mac platform.



"With video-capturing devices on the rise, people are looking for a complete video organizing, editing and sharing tool that is easy to learn and use," Connor said. "We are very excited that our latest version of award-winning Premiere Elements software will enable both Mac and Windows users to create high-impact movies quickly and effortlessly. Taking advantage of intelligent features and boosted performance, the software allows users to get creative and make fun movies without a steep learning curve."







Features of Adobe Premiere Elements 9 include:



Smart Organization for all Video Clips: Premiere Elements users can take advantage of an easy-to-use Organizer, which acts as a media management hub, where both video clips and still photos can be accessed in one convenient location. The software easily imports a variety of file types from different devices including the popular Flip Video? camera and video from DSLR cameras. Users can quickly find the best videos with the Auto-Analyzer that automatically tags the most interesting, highest quality video footage ? eliminating the hassle of clicking through dozens of clips to find the great ones.



Take the Work Out of Moviemaking: With Premiere Elements 9, users can create eye-catching videos in just minutes, easily fix audio problems, automatically trim away bad footage, stabilize shaky shots, and correct bad color and lighting. Once users select the footage they want, movies can be created instantly or enhanced with professional flair in just a few clicks or with simple drag and drop effects, like the Cartoon Effect, which turns any video into an animated feature. Optimized performance also makes editing and viewing smooth, even in HD.



In addition, friends and family can experience an interactive DVD-like viewing experience on the Web or share directly to Facebook and YouTube via interactive albums.



Plus Extends Software Capabilities: For added convenience, Adobe Premiere Elements 9 Windows and Mac users now have the option to purchase Plus, which offers 20GB of storage for automatic online backup and sharing (up to 15,000 photos or four hours of DVD-quality video), as well as ongoing deliveries of creative extras sent directly to the desktop software. A benefit to all Photoshop Elements users is virtually anywhere access to photos and videos online or via select mobile devices at Photoshop.com.
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,293member
    It is nice to see Adobe coming back to the Mac platform after so many years!
  • Reply 2 of 28
    Wow. Look at all the iPhoto duplication. Way to be innovative Adobe!
  • Reply 3 of 28
    On the PC side, Premiere Elements takes a lot of flack for being buggy. And by my personal experence the more recent versions of Photoshop can be quite unstable - particularly compared to older versions that were once rock solid, fast, and generally great. I hope Adobe gets their act together.
  • Reply 4 of 28
    So, the Photoshop content aware spot healing feature sounds pretty good (rather better than the current iPhoto 'retouch' feature), but the rest of it I can take or leave.



    As for Premier -- what can it do for me that iMovie doesn't already? Anybody know?
  • Reply 5 of 28
    Aside from professionals, why pay for image editing software anymore when you have excellent free alternatives?
  • Reply 6 of 28
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    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    It is nice to see Adobe coming back to the Mac platform after so many years!



    The only thing I appreciate about Adobe nowadays is that they have made such awful crap and for so many years, that one doesn't have to even think about them anymore. They are history and basically just waiting to die. For instance I didn't even read this article because I know that it literally doesn't matter what they do, Adobe is simply incapable of making good software. So it's kind of a great relief not to have to worry about it anymore IMO.



    Look at it this way. If some super crappy car maker like Lada or something, makes shit cars year after year after year, and then they come out with something that they say is good this time. Why would you buy it? Even if this time your best friends try it and say it's actually a good one this time, even if all the reviewers in all the car magazines on the planet say it's finally an okay product. You'd still be foolish to buy it.



    I'm not going to even be paying attention to Adobe products until they release not one, but at least two or three good revisions in a row. I would bet money it won't happen. I would bet money (again, without using it, seeing it or reading reviews of it), that this product right here will have some horrible UI flaws and gotchas and that people will be complaining about it in due course. That's how certain I am about the "skills" of Adobe's software designers.



    Leopards don't change their spots. Adobe can't make good software. Period.
  • Reply 7 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Adobe on Tuesday announced the launch of Photoshop Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 for both Mac and Windows, with "groundbreaking features" added to the No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software.








    Adobe is a true friend to Apple. They can't be making much off of this software.
  • Reply 8 of 28
    I just deposited my $20 rebate for PE8 in the bank yesterday. Of course, there's no free upgrade path from 8 to 9, even though I just bought 8. For the little I actually use the app, I think I'm done with it.
  • Reply 9 of 28
    Adobe has already shown its true colors by abandoning Mac programs (read "Premiere") in the past. Don't buy this program and get burned again! Final Cut Express is a much better alternative anyway!



    I LOVE the asterisk on the box after "The #1 selling consumer video-editing software*". It leads to the word "Windows". Ahahahaha...'nuff said!
  • Reply 10 of 28
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,603member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RichyS View Post


    As for Premier -- what can it do for me that iMovie doesn't already? Anybody know?



    Much as Adobe is clearly out of favour these days I am a little surprised by the negative attitude towards Premiere Elements. Not that I have tried it but does anybody remember the pages up and pages down of complaints over iMovie 8 and 9? I get a feeling Adobe has done this because Apple left a gaping hole between iMovie 6 and iMovie 8.
  • Reply 11 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jeffhrsn View Post




    I LOVE the asterisk on the box after "The #1 selling consumer video-editing software*". It leads to the word "Windows". Ahahahaha...'nuff said!



    Does OSX have a #1 selling title in any consumer category? What did you expect to see?
  • Reply 12 of 28
    nkhmnkhm Posts: 928member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    It is nice to see Adobe coming back to the Mac platform after so many years!



    Sorry - did I miss something? I've been a mac user since 1987 and can't remember a time without Adobe. I've always found the software well featured, stable and the leader in it's class. Keep up the good work Adobe.
  • Reply 13 of 28
    I remember trying Photoshop Elements 4 and 6, but the experience was horrible.



    iPhoto isn't bad at cropping, removing red eye from most photos and printing, but it does a lousy job of adjusting levels and colour and can't make spot edits where the red eye tool fails. To do those adjustments I've been dragging along an old copy of Photoshop from the very first CS package by migrating my hard drive from one OS to another. When Apple finally kills support for PPC I'll have to look for another tool.
  • Reply 14 of 28
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,293member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nkhm View Post


    Sorry - did I miss something? I've been a mac user since 1987 and can't remember a time without Adobe. I've always found the software well featured, stable and the leader in it's class. Keep up the good work Adobe.



    It was an obviously too subtle dig about their history of not supporting Apple as well as they could have since they switched their primary focus to Windows many moons ago.
  • Reply 15 of 28
    This may not be the correct forum for this, but I've been interested in getting some basic video editing software for a little while now. I'm no expert though and don't know the proper jargon for what I want to do and am wondering if Premiere Elements or Final Cut Express will do what I want.



    I would like to make videos of my friends band performing live. I'd like to be able to import audio recorded from the soundboard and multiple video angles (at least 2, but more would be cool) and get them time synced so i can switch between the different angles easily depending on which shot is better at any given moment. Will either of these applications do that? I hope I explained it clearly enough and am not too far off topic.
  • Reply 16 of 28
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    Originally Posted by bloodstains View Post


    This may not be the correct forum for this, but I've been interested in getting some basic video editing software for a little while now. I'm no expert though and don't know the proper jargon for what I want to do and am wondering if Premiere Elements or Final Cut Express will do what I want.



    I would like to make videos of my friends band performing live. I'd like to be able to import audio recorded from the soundboard and multiple video angles (at least 2, but more would be cool) and get them time synced so i can switch between the different angles easily depending on which shot is better at any given moment. Will either of these applications do that? I hope I explained it clearly enough and am not too far off topic.



    I'd love some input on this as well, as I am looking at a similar situation here. Please chime in if anyone has info or experience to share.
  • Reply 17 of 28
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jeffhrsn View Post


    Adobe has already shown its true colors by abandoning Mac programs (read "Premiere") in the past. Don't buy this program and get burned again! Final Cut Express is a much better alternative anyway!



    Is Final Cut OS X-native (Cocoa) yet?
  • Reply 18 of 28
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,152member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post


    Look at it this way. If some super crappy car maker like Lada or something, makes shit cars year after year after year, and then they come out with something that they say is good this time. Why would you buy it? Even if this time your best friends try it and say it's actually a good one this time, even if all the reviewers in all the car magazines on the planet say it's finally an okay product. You'd still be foolish to buy it.



    Careful, Skoda.



    But no, I wouldn't buy one. I'm no Adobe fan, I have CS4 and still think they're stuck in the '80s and this suite appears to have little to offer that isn't shipped free in iLife (a 'media hub' who'd have thought it!). I'm sure on the epitome of design inconsistency that is Windows Adobe are still King but the opportunity to pay for mediocrity doesn't inspire.



    The irony is Adobe originally pulling Premiere was the catalyst for both the Apple-Adobe spat and Apple's video success which financed them through the dark years. Too little, too late Adobe.



    McD
  • Reply 19 of 28
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,152member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bregalad View Post


    I remember trying Photoshop Elements 4 and 6, but the experience was horrible.



    iPhoto isn't bad at cropping, removing red eye from most photos and printing, but it does a lousy job of adjusting levels and colour and can't make spot edits where the red eye tool fails. To do those adjustments I've been dragging along an old copy of Photoshop from the very first CS package by migrating my hard drive from one OS to another. When Apple finally kills support for PPC I'll have to look for another tool.



    Aperture 3? A bit like Lr but half the price & integrated.



    McD
  • Reply 20 of 28
    What a bunch of homers. You people should actually try a tool before you rip on it.



    There is no comparison between iPhoto and Photoshop Elements. iPhoto gives organization and very basic editing but PSE gives much more. Layers, levels, various selection tools, etc. For most enthusiasts, it is all you need.



    I have used iMovie, Final Cut Express, and Premiere Elements. iMovie is a joke but used for quick YouTube videos. It used to be much better but Apple castrated it. Final Cut Express is OK but I find it limited in file import and output formats. Premiere Elements is very versatile, accepts and renders a huge number of formats, is easy to learn, very powerful, and you can import, edit, author, and write DVDs from within the same tool. It also suport AVCHD output and writes to blu-ray (on the PC). My biggest use is editing AVCHD home footage, editing, and writing AVCHD files to a standard DVD that can be viewed on any Blu-Ray player. I cannot find a way to do that in Final Cut Express. It will make a very nice addition to the Mac lineup.



    You can typically find the bundle of both programs for $99 if you look hard. Hell of a deal. I have been using both for years and find them very stable.



    BTW, I use a MacBook Pro, 64 bit Windows 7, Android phone, and an iPad. No fanboyism here
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