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Improved over previous versions
on 6 December 2012
I have been using the various versions of Photoshop and Premiere elements for a long time, since the earliest versions. The latter versions like 9 seemed to take forever to load up and frequently froze. This package is much faster loading (on the same PC as the last version I used) and more stable.
As ever photoshop and premiere have nearly all the bells and whistles that you can ever need but they have now been organised so that you can switch between views for beginner, some experience and expert which will giver you more or less automated controls depending on your level. This is a handy feature because even for someone like me you can flip it to beginner and hit the 'Auto fix' options and see what it looks like, switch back to expert and tweak it if you like what you see.
I have used Premiere Pro in previous iterations and have always found Elements to be much better to use, unless you are trying to make a hollywood blockbuster, but as ever Premiere elements retains a load of powerful features without needing a degree to operate it.
The other good thing about this package is that you don't need a high powered machine to run it, mine is in the region of 5 years old now, dual core processor with 4Gb of RAM and they are both quick and not laggy.
My only quibble is that its a little pricey at the moment, especially as I got mine off the lightning deals offer for under £50, but these are possibly the only two image/video editing packages that you will ever need.
As far as I am concerned I will be using these almost exclusively for editing video and photos taken during the local festival season, the only other package I find indispensable is Lightroom but that is due to the fact that I normally run to a few thousand photos over a weekend.