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Two Decent Types of Software for Under $100
on December 19, 2011
First off, I'd like to remind people that they are buying the Elements version of Adobe software. These are not the Pro versions. There's a reason why those versions are much more expensive. They are going to have many more features. There's a reason this bundle is less than $100. These versions are made for people that don't want to, or need to, take the time to learn everything that the pro versions Photoshop and Premiere can do.
Secondly, some people are complaining that they are difficult to use? These are some pretty cut and dry software applications. My 8 year old can use this software (and has). All software has a learning curve. The learning curve for this software is not very high. Yes, there are some things that take time to learn, but if you want to be able to do things that will really make your projects look good, you're going to have to take the time to learn how to properly use all, or at least most, of the features.
Is Photoshop Elements amazing? No, it's not. Can it do what 99 percent of people out there need? It probably can. If you're a professional photographer or graphics designer, or even a serious enthusiast, there is no way you're looking at Photoshop Elements to do what you need it to do.
If you're someone looking at doing some serious video editing, Premiere Elements may or may not be what you're looking for (probably not).
This bundle is for people that want to do casual photo and video editing.
I have Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements (both Version 10) and do I love them? Nope. So why give it a 4-star rating? Because I understand what they are. I'm not giving this software bundle a rating for what I'd like for them to be (I'd love for it to do everything CS5 and CS5.5 can do), I'm giving it the higher rating for what I know it is.
If you're looking for something that is going to allow you to do some amazing and mind-blowing photo editing, then you're a lot better off getting Adobe Photoshop CS5 (although, you can do some pretty cool stuff with this version too). If you want to do some amazing and mind-blowing video editing, then get Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 (again, this version is not that bad either). For those two professional pieces of software, you're going to spend over $1000. For Elements, you're spending less than $100. That should be some indication.
Hopefully I'm not making Elements seem terrible. It really is good for what it is. There are limitations, but there is also some really neat features that are available. I would recommend it to anyone that has some experience with photo and video editing. If they had no experience with either, I could also see myself recommending them, but they're going to need to read some manuals and watch some tutorials.
So why not 5 out of 5? I do have to agree that this software is pretty slow when loading. Most Adobe software is pretty slow, but I considering how lite it is, I don't think it should be.
Understand what you're buying so you don't have buyers' remorse later. This bundle is pretty good for what it is. If you want professional software, buy the professional software. If you want something that you can use to enhance photos and videos (with some learning curve) then this should be fine. I'll probably be going back to the pro versions later, but for now, this will do.