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Adobe Photoshop Elements - ( v. 4.0 ) - complete package - 1 user - CD - Mac - Universal English

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483 of 493 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Improved, But Beware! 14 Mar. 2006
By Beyond - Published on
I've had it for a couple of days now, but there are a number of things about PE4 that make the transition from version 3 to 4 needlessly difficult, not to mention if you get PE4 first.

The main change involves the use of "Bridge" to handle what the Browser function did previously. Unfortunately, it seems there are some missing planks in their Bridge, as it's like having 2 separate programs attempt to talk to hand off files to each other. It is clunky, not intuitive at all, and often doesn't work in a consistent way, even when you figure it out.

According to Adobe Technical Help [when you can reach them through 3 or 4 layers of sales beforehand], there is no "Organizer" for Mac that comes with the Windows version, and they were surprised at a number of missing elements in this version as a result. It also seems that they've tried to piggyback an existing full Photoshop program--Bridge--onto the back of Elements, which despite appearances, is a completely different program.

Another example: the Adjust Shadows/Highlights--which allows you to correct for things in shadows, or too bright...buried in a 3rd level menu...has been changed from the PE3 default of "50% lighten" to a "25% lighten" with no ability to change that preset. So everytime you want to adjust your picture, you have to push the slider back to 0% and start out there to see what's best for your photo. Clearly Adobe recognized their 50% preset was too much for most, and changed it--but left off the ability of the user to preset what works best for us. What's the solution to this or any other inflexible/confusing issue? I was told several times that if I wanted things to work better, I should buy the full Photoshop.

That is simply unacceptable, especially for a company of Adobe's size and history of working primarily on the Mac platform. I would rather have fewer features that work more reliably and straightforward, especially involving putting our most used features on a toolbar instead of being forced to grab them out of deep menus everytime.

In Bridge, they are trying to combine a number of features found in iPhoto, such as rating photos by stars, making it more flexible. However, they don't allow you to customize your displays or views enough to be efficient, much less easy to deal with. The speed of Bridge, and especially interacting with 4, is slow. Also particularly irksome is the lack of sensitivity/responsiveness of the sliders within PE4, i.e. brush size and opacity.

So far, I'm not impressed with the Magic Selection Tool, one of the main reasons I wanted to upgrade. It doesn't seem to grab things as efficiently as advertised, although it is better than just the Magic Wand 3 had. I'm also less than impressed with another new feature: Adjust Skin Tone, something that could be a big time saver while offering the improvements most people care about.

The combined Help program is overly detailed in some regards, yet leaves out big chunks of the program for you to guess at solutions. They have virtually no tutorials or overviews of the program specifically for the Mac version.

I will update this review as I use it more, but I would caution against jumping at this upgrade until they work out more of the kinks in the interface, unless you are a virtual pro and don't mind spending a lot of time figuring things out that aren't quite Ready For Primetime yet. What I look to PE for is something that allows more extensive editing than iPhoto6 has, and yet doesn't have the complexity or cost of the graphics standard Photoshop.

Whether because of the Mac platform changing to Intel chips, or friction between the companies, it seems Adobe is heading in the wrong direction on the Mac platform, making us seem once again like the red-haired stepchild in the computer world, while still charging the same as the Windows versions.
124 of 128 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice results but lousy user experience 4 Oct. 2006
By Rayto - Published on
I'm always reluctant to upgrade any Adobe products and the upgrades from Elements 2 to 3 to 4 have been no different. I upgraded to 4 simply because 3 would not run when we switched to Tiger on our Quicksilver. 3 would run fine on two Powerbooks with the same flavor of Tiger, but not on the Quicksilver (???).

For the amateur, Elements is an excellent, if not superb, photo editor. For maintaining web sites, its very strong with the right set of tools for batch processing. While the tools are not as extensive as competing products, Elements just burns right through the job much faster than any other program I've used.

The user experience is the problem and, in my belief, a big one. It looks like garbage on the screen, right out of Windows. Tiny icons, disorganized, completely different windows handling (close, hide, etc) than any other Mac app and dreadfully lousy as a result. Error messages that make no sense are the norm (just repeat what you tried to do in the first place and it will likely work).

I use Elements for a very restricted set of requirements: some editing, reordering in the browser and batch renaming. For every day use, I don't go near it. Graphic Converter. Cheaper, easier to use, Mac interface, bullet proof code and lively response as opposed to Elements taking forever to open and balks at the slighest provocation. And, Elements can and does crash or is Force Quitted at times.

Quite frankly, understand your criteria. I've been using Elements 2, 3 and now 4 for about 5 years now and believe iPhoto or any of the software that comes with digital cameras is better for casual use and GraphicConverter for more demanding use.
138 of 144 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not usable for Mac OX 10.4.8 9 Jan. 2007
By Dorothy A. Bausch - Published on
I was disappointed when I discovered that I could not use Elements version 4.0 on my new Mac 10.4.8. I had to return it and got credit for it. Photoshop Elements does not seem to compatible with Intel duo core processors in these new Macs. Apparently Adobe has not made it usable yet for this new Mac. When I ordered it, I read that it worked for 10.4, which was not the whole truth.

Dorothy Bausch
61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great until it crashes 1 Dec. 2006
By R.M. P. - Published on
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Bought Elements 4.0 to go with my brand new dual core iMac. After about a week it crashed and without going through the bloody details, Apple Support referred me to Adobe. The Adobe troubleshooting "system errors or freezes" page indicates that well, Elements 4.0 may not be quite compatible with the new iMacs and gives 14 fixes, some easy, some laborious, none of which worked for me and to add insult to injuy, attempts to contact Adobe by their on line chat and telephone turned into excercises in more frustration.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Just Fine Folks! 19 Aug. 2007
By L. Bishop - Published on
I purchased a MacBook Pro recently and read the very mixed reviews on this program. Some people had a difficult time getting it to run on their Intel Based Macs.

The other reviews had me nervous. The software installed like it was supposed to and I've already used it to play with some photos I have residing on my iDisk. I used the Bridge to select the shots I wanted to experiment with. The Bridge also worked like it was supposed to.

After I installed the program some very large updates were offered and I instaled them promptly. Perhaps the updates addressed some of the problems mentioned by prior reviewers.

So far so good is all I can say right now. I'm giving it a "4", and will be back later on to add to my reiview.

I'm no techie geek, so I cannot say why I am having no problems. My computer is a MacBook Pro with 1 GB of RAM running at 2.16 Mega herz running OS 10.4.10

I'd say go ahead and buy it for your Mac. You'll be fine!

I will update my review once I've gotten more familier with the program
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