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5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe photoshop elements and premiere elements 12 bundle, 8 Dec. 2013
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These products come together on one DVD for Windows based PC's and another DVD for MAC PC's. They are installed easily from one start up menu. However I noted that one reviewer complained that you had to purchase the product again after what was described as this being a trial version. This happened to me too because I entered the supplied serial numbers in one long string. When entering the supplied serial numbers on the first screen there are no dividing boxes between each group of four numbers as is the usual way with ADOBE products, hence I got it wrong. You must enter the dash between each group of four numbers. E.G. 1234-4444-5432-2222-9876. If you do not do this the program requests that you purchase the program again.

Having used most of the Photoshop Elements versions from as early as version 2, this version has come a long way to becoming a very good keen amateur digital image editing tool. If its just image correction and improvement you want a pro could get some good mileage out of this too. Its not just a photo editing program, it will create slide shows, photo books, greeting cards, photo calendars, photo collages, CD and DVD jackets and create great panoramas from individual photos. The workspace has three working options, Quick, Guided and Expert.

Quick working mode is for the novice to get to grips with the basics. Guided, list dozens of tools down one side with an explanation title. Open an image and select the tool and the instructions on how to use it appear in the right side of the workspace. Above the workspace you may choose to see only the results of your adjustments or a view of how the image looks before and after adjustment. The expert mode relies on the user knowing in principle what the tools are used for. Of course there is the on line help too.

There is not a major layout change between version 11 and this current version 12. There are several new enhancement tools and a new tool called 'Content - aware move tool. It allows the user to move an object within an image replacing the background as it is moved. Only plain backgrounds work well with this new tool. There is also a smart tone tool which balances the image tone automatically. Several new guided edits have been included.

There is a problem with this program in the organiser part of it. When I created my first catalogue, I noticed that my PC activity on the hard drive was quite busy even after I closed the program down. It appears there is an option in the preferences to select which 'Media Analysis' options are selected. ADOBE in their wisdom have decided to automatically analyse your photos to determine if they are blurred, shaky, have poor contrast or brightness and many other things. The problem is the process carries on after you shut the program down. It is also difficult to stop, you can go to the task manager find the 'AutoAnalysis.exe' process and kill it, but it will start up again next time you start your PC even though you did not start Elements.

I found a web site that explains how to make changes to the software and your PC to fix it. Here is the link below. It works, I have made the changes to my PC. Apparently if you do not do this change, Premiere will also decide where the clips should be divided too in your video.


Overall a good product as you would expect from ADOBE.

The Elements Premiere video editing program is relatively new to me. I have used ADOBE premiere many years ago but the upgraded version became too expensive and I have used other products in between times. Having fired this one up, my first impression is I like the layout but I would have liked to see that some of the resource windows like for example transitions are available all of the time. When it pops open it covers the timeline thus covering your edit. You have to make sure that your edit point is not where the window pops open otherwise you cannot apply the transition. I discovered there is a bug in the audio transition too. If you click the 'Done' button in the audio transition options window the transition flips to the left clip and not central between two clips. I discovered by googling it that you must click the cross to close the window! Usually clicking the cross in an options windows cancels the options you have chosen, strange.

Apart from that, I like using the program, it has a nice clean interface and is fairly intuitive, good value for money.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2014 13:30:06 GMT
I need to purchase some new software for HD Video editing, to interface with a new computer, necessary because my old computer with only 2GB RAM was too slow for HD Video editing. Panasonic only supply software for HD editing up to Windows 7 with my Camera, but none compatible with Windows 8. It has not been easy to find advice on such software, even though I have read most of the current magazines. This review has answered all of my questions, plus some items I did not even know I would need to know about. Many thanks to M Fowler for guiding me through the maze!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2014 15:59:45 GMT
M. Fowler says:
It is nice to hear that someone has found genuine help from the comments I have made in this discussion. Enjoy the product, it can be a load of fun and inspiration.

Posted on 27 May 2014 13:46:48 BDT
Book kid says:
Very helpful tip regarding the inputting of serial numbers. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2014 09:19:42 BDT
M. Fowler says:
I am pleased you found this helpful. It seems that others have been caught out too.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2014 14:18:08 BDT
Leo says:
Will this product 'see' and edit Photoshop 7 images? I have a new computer running Windows 7 and several unfinished Photoshop 7 images. Looking for a software product to replace the Photoshop.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2014 14:36:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2014 14:37:59 BDT
M. Fowler says:
As there is no Photoshop 7, the latest being version 6, I assume you mean Photoshop Elements 7.0.

The best thing about ADOBE products is the files they create when saving photographs are suitable for all their other products. If you have saved the photos in PSD format they can be opened and edited by Elements in all of its versions. On the other hand if you have saved the photos in any of the mainstream editing formats like JPEG, PNG, BMP etc any photo editing product can open the files for editing. Only if you use an obscure format like for instance PSP, will you have difficulty.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2014 15:09:00 BDT
Leo says:
Thank you for responding so promptly. It wasn't one of the Elements products so I guess it was P/s 6. They were in PSD format. I'm not editing photographs but creating my own artwork. Shouldn't make any difference? Thank you for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2014 15:13:47 BDT
M. Fowler says:
You are correct, it will not make a difference. All that matters is it is in a format that ADOBE products understand.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2014 17:47:42 BDT
Charlotte H. says:
There is a Photoshop 7. It was released in 2002 and was the final version before they changed the naming scheme to Photoshop CS. It is very old now, but you are correct in saying that PSD files created in older Photoshop versions are readable by other Adobe programs.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2014 18:46:57 BDT
Leo says:
Thank you Mrs. Harris. I knew it existed because I was using it until I bought a new computer with a different operating system! If you Google Photoshop 7 you will see it with it's distinctive 'eye' logo, now sadly discontinued.
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