Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 and Premier Elements 8

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the release of Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8, along with bundles and their "Plus" versions.

New features in Photoshop Elements 8 include:

  • Content aware scaling
  • Photo Merge for exposure blending
  • People Recognition (automatically tagging images)
  • Auto-analyzer, editing and other new features within the Organizer
  • Full screen preview in Organizer
  • Synchronize Libraries between computers
  • Previewing of adjustments (a’ la Photoshop’s "Variations")
  • New albums and templates

At $79 (discounted from $99) this is a pretty good deal for the amateur, hobbyist, etc. There are some features I’d like to see in Lightroom (i.e. the Library sync).

New features in Premiere Elements 8 include:

  • All of the Organizer improvements listed above
  • Smartfix feature to correct camera shake, lighting and color problems
  • Smartmix automation feature for audio editing
  • SmartTrim provides fully automated or guided video trimming
  • InstantMovie feature enhanced with new themes
  • Motion tracking synchronizes graphics movement with subjects in the scene
  • Added themes, effects and transitions
  • New online video sharing capabilities

Also $79 (discounted from $99) and also a good deal for the amateur or hobbyist.

The bundle (includes both Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements) is available at $119 (discounted from $149). The “Plus” bundle includes online storage of up to 20Gb, additional online content, and online tutorials, and is available for $149 (discounted from $179).

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