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5.0 out of 5 stars Good update but need to invest time to understand the changes, 24 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 Bundle (PC/Mac) (DVD-ROM)
I have been using Photoshop Elements since version 2 and it keeps getting better. I have tended to upgraded every other version so have just moved from v9 to v11 on Windows 7.

The new User Interface is different and needs some getting used to – especially if you use People tags in the Organiser. It took me a day of pulling my hair out to understand where all my People tags had gone and how to show the faces again. It then clicked and I have now got my head around the “Rooms” including the People room and now fully understand the new tagging approach which does have some advantages. Face recognition is also quite impressive to the point of being spooky.

The rest of the interface is fairly familiar and is fast – my library is around 12,000 pictures. Navigation is quick and the Folder display on the left edge is a good move.

You have to get used to looking at the buttons on the bottom edge. This is where all the action now happens.

The editor is seamless and handles Raw files with ease using the new CS5 type Adobe Camera Raw with all the sliders starting in the middle. Again works well. The new tool arrangement is also good once you realise all the old tools are still present. Selection tools are greatly improved with the new Refine option that picks out hairs.

Good to see some bug fixes included: my old problem in v9 with renaming multiple files has gone away. The photo downloader works but for some reason does not auto-start when my camera is connected. Have played with the Windows 7 setting but still not quite there. Not a problem as just select with Ctl+G from the organiser.

I would strongly recommend “Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual” to complement your purchase. As with previous versions of this book, it opens up all the features in an easily discoverable way.

Premiere Elements is not quite as slick although it does the job well. Handling key-frames is a bit clunky. I haven’t really spent too much time with this yet, but it seems to handle HD content from my Canon cameras with no problem.

One of the big changes in Premier is that instead of loading all the features when the program is installed, it downloads features when first needed. This includes templates and backgrounds. Smartsound is also a download, at a mere 250MB, and it confusing as it also includes a preview of Smartsound Pro (a $100 option) which is not made very clear.

Elements is still the best low-cost editing application. Look out for deals.
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