Over the past several weeks I have been using the new Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premier Elements 3.0. Having used every version of Photoshop Elements, I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of a few features I have long thought would make this the best product for amateur and serious hobbyist photographers, curves and better black and white support. Those additions, along with several other features make this a worthy upgrade from Elements 4.0.
Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 is the third edition of Adobe’s consumer level video editing package. Unlike Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, I had some difficulties with this product. Installation was not possible on my main system as the software requires a processor with SSE 2 instructions and my Athlon XP 2600+ processor does not include this instruction set (newer AMD processors and Intel Processors do). I was able to install the software on my second system though it ran slow. The feature set of Premiere Elements is excellent and apart from the speed on my test machine, the software was easy to use and quick to learn. I am sure that the performance on newer PC’s would be fine, and have no doubts that today’s Dual Core processors would provide a dramatic speed boost.
Together, the bundle, available for $119.00 US from Amazon is still a great value. Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 sells for $86.99 US from Amazon.com and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 sells for $89.99 US.
Until next time, happy shooting.