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123 of 136 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2010
A week ago I upgraded from PSE6/Bridge to PSE9/Organizer.

PSE9 was definitely an upgrade, the content-aware Spot Healing Brush alone made the upgrade worth the effort. I also noticed an improvement in the sharpness tool and the edge detection for the magic wand. As the majority of my photos are underwater none of the auto adjustments work very well so I can't rate their effectiveness. Also I'm an in-camera photographer and do little more than levels, sharpness, and a bit of spot healing. So PSE9 is more than adequate for my editing.

Organizer was a dud. After 4 days of trying to deal with this resource intensive clunker, I removed it from my machine.

Showstopper number 1: I have over 20,000 photos of underwater marine life with complete taxonomic keywords. It flattened the taxonomic hierarchy. After looking at the XML and doing some research I discovered it was a lot of work to import keywords into organizer and then it was only two levels deep.

Showstopper number 2: Where did the loupe go? When you have 20+ photos of the same swimming fish and you only want to keep the few with the sharpest eye, in Organizer it can't be done without a lot of back and forth between the two predefined organizer views.

Showstopper number 3: I could not find a way to simultaneously view a selection of photos. This function is esstenial for comparing several photos at once. In bridge I could view several photos and have the loupe open on each one.

Showstopper number 4: No longer customizable. Two views that's it. Like it or leave it.

Showstopper number 5: Amateurish interface. What's with all the wasted real estate. Big clunky icons that you can't get rid of. Large unused space around the thumbnails in the contact sheet. I use a 13" mac when I travel, real estate is previous.

I heartily recommend Photoshop Elements 9, but would not recommend Organizer. Keep Bridge or use a different workflow program.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
Before I begin let me say that I like Photoshop Elements and I think it is great bang for the buck. I have bought most of the versions of Elements up to and including Version 7. Since my computer is now Windows 7 (64-bit), I decided to wait for a 64-bit version of Elements. Version 8 was 32-bit and now I am disappointed to see that Version 9 is also. You can hardly buy a new computer now that isn't 64-bit so when is Adobe going to bring Elements into the modern age - like they did Photoshop? If you search Google, you will find this question being asked many times and also in the Adobe forums. But, some will say, Elements runs great on a 64-bit machine and while that is true, the fact that you are still working in 32-bit mode limits the amount of memory that can be addressed. The single biggest advantage of going to a 64-bit computer is all the extra memory it allows you to have available (for programs that can use it). Since Photoshop and Elements both have strong appetites for memory, it would be a HUGE advantage to have a version of Elements that is able to take advantage of more memory.....like Photoshop can. What killed it for me was when I read the following in Adobe's forum (you can find it in other places also - like photographer's blogs, etc): In the 32-bit Windows world, each application gets 4GB space that is evenly divided into two parts with 2GB dedicated for kernel usage, and 2GB left for application usage. So, bottom line is that PSE, so long as it's a 32-bit app, will not have more than 2GB of memory space in which to work. However, a 64-bit OS can provide the full 2GB of space to many 32-bit apps; in Elements, this means both the organizer and the editor each get 2GB simultaneously - a big advantage for Elements running on a 64-bit machine as opposed to a 32-bit Windows that would have to swap to disk furiously to do this - so the performance is night and day different....some good news for Elements on Windows 64-bit. As nice as that is, it pales in comparison to what a 64-bit Elements would be capable of.
My comment on the above explanation is that I have 32-bit programs that appear to be getting a little more than the 2GB mentioned so I am not sure if this is an Elements thing or what. If Adobe made Elements 64-bit, maybe they envision that a lot of photographers would desert Photoshop so maybe we'll never see it happen. I can understand protecting their bread and butter product. I guess I'm going to have to start saving for Photoshop.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2010
Elements 9: 5 stars - 2 stars (for Organizer) = 3 STARS. Read below

ORGANIZER: -2 STARS: yes MINUS 2 STARS: Organizer is why I rate Elements 9 three stars.
I take quite a a lot of pictures and need to have the power of Multi-layer Keyword abilities. You know
Human - Male - over 6 ft - right handed - Red head - glasses - outdoors - etc.
I have my pictures keyworded in Adobe Bridge and when I excitedly started importing my pictures into organizer, one folder at a time old habit left over from windows, into organizer I was in for a RUDE shock. It imported all my keywords in a single layer. I was willing to drag and drop those into a multi layer format again. NO, NOPE, NO WAY, organizer WILL NOT let you make keywords more than two layers deep! I even tried2 rebuilding from scratch a multi layer keyword list in organizer. STILL NO! In Bridge I have been Keywording, Raw editing, Slideshow producing, Loupe checking,... all in one view. Bridge even has a nice photo importer that allows you to attach a Metadata template, create a new folder, rename photos and import photos into new folder. ALL in one nice, easy to use step. I have yet to see an Image Importing window to pop up automatically for organizer.
Using organizer: It feels like I am in grade school using chalk again. The layout is not very customizable. You have to totally change screens to go from thumbnail to see a larger view to edit. I have my Bridge view setup with a thumbnail view along side a larger image. Go along and click a thumbnail and it pops up a larger image to the right and click in the larger image and up pops a loupe. Quick and easy work flow to weed out the bad shots. Not organizer. If this is what windows users have been putting up with I feel sorry for them. My partner justed fired up PHOTO MECHANIC and it imported all their keywords from BRIDGE straight across. Windows users may want to try PHOTO MECHANIC.

PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 9: 5 STARS: Nice improvements. Worth the money. Just delete the organizer and use your Bridge from Elements 6, 7 or 8. You will be happier. Organizer took up 788 MB of wasted memory.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2010
After installing Adobe's Elements 9 for the Mac I immediately ran into serious problems with the software. Upon launching the program several of the introductory "splash screens" would appear and then the program would immediately crash without ever opening so that I could use the program. This went on for four days even with technical "help" from Adobe. They simply could NOT solve the problem of the program not opening and running. I finally gave up on them. On the fifth day I was notified by Apple that there was a minor system upgrade to OS 10.6.5. After I installed this upgrade I started up my computer and guess what??? Elements 9 finally loaded properly and is now up and running. However, yet another "unusual" item cropped up and that was that the program refused to recognize my scanner - in any way shape or form!! My two previous versions of Elements, namely, 4 and 6 both recognized my Epson scanner and I was able to "scan into the program" without any problems. It was back to "Adobe's telephone help" and eventually I was told that Elements 9 doesn't yet have the capability of permitting one to "scan into the program." To me that is one giant step backwards for Adobe.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2011
I have been a user of Photoshop Elements since Version 3 of the product. For all past releases, I used the windows version and then, for version 9, I switched to the Macintosh version. My bottom line opinion is that this software is very good but I do have some comments.

All in all, the Macintosh version is almost identical but there is one very significant feature missing, something that I use all the time in the windows version. That function is the EXPORT feature (menu File->Export). Quite often after having completed editing a batch of photos, I would select those photos in the organizer and then export them for the web. As far as I can tell, there is no comparable feature in the Mac version. For me, this is a significant missing feature and as a result, I've now had to incorporate IPhoto into my workflow to regain the functionality omitted in the Mac version of Elements.

Another missing , but none the less useful feature I used in the Windows version was the ability to create Slideshows.

Now as for Adobe's Customer support. To be honest, they don't seem to have any interest in customer support. Using the Adobe Support Site, I posted questions on at least three different occasions related to the missing File Export feature. No response what so ever. All I wanted to know was whether or not this missing feature was omitted by design and if not, when we might see it in a future maintenance. Given that I've been a customer of this product for many years, I don't think it's unreasonable to at least provide some answers to questions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2011
I think the software itself is powerful and very useful. However, I am new to photo editing and this is my first Adobe product. Virtually impossible to learn on my own without books, tutorials, or long voyages into the help sections. I am analytical by both nature and profession and work regularly with many software applications but this is a whole new approach for me. I am hoping that once I master some of the basics some of the usefulness will become more readily available. In the meantime, it looks like a pretty steep hill to climb. Three weeks into the learning curve and still pretty frustrating. Powerful, but not readily accessible to this new user.

As a side note, I am running the software on an MS XP Pro machine with 3GB memory that has very few other applications installed on the computer, and is dedicated to this use. However, trying to use any of the Quick Fix tools in the Elements Organizer crashes the software completely and you must start over. Probably not a big deal as I know I should be making editing changes in the editor (and not the Organizer part), but still a glitch somewhere in the software that may annoy others if it is inherent to this particular combination.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2011
BEWARE..........ADOBE WILL NOT HONOR THE REBATE IF PURCHASED THROUGH ANY COMPANY OTHER THAN ADOBE. APPEARS TO BE A GOOD PRODUCT BUT ALLOT OF BLOGS TELLING YOU THAT ONLY ADOBE PURCHASED ELEMENTS QUALIFY FOR THE REBATE. NOT FAIR IS IT????
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2011
Adobe PE-9 was almost impossible to install on our MacBook Pro and the process failed several times. The Adobe Help Site was not helpful, in fact it was difficult to understand their suggested solutions and did nothing but create more frustration. Had to take computer and program to our local Mac repair business. In the end it was a conflict with a specific font that prevented the installation from finishing. There was no way, without professional help, to figure this out. The program ended up costing much more than expected due to needing professional help.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2011
The product is good but Adobe will not accept the online sales receipt as evidence of purchase and, therefore, refuses to allow the rebate. So, do not factor the rebate into the price of the product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2011
I have always thought very highly of Adobe. I have used CS4 for a couple of years and I love it. I ordered PSE 9 to help some of my fellow photographers out by using it and passing on my knowledge. It is a huge step up from PSE 7 simply because you can add a mask independently! However, my rebate was rejected because they said I didn't include the proper box tab (which I did) and I did not send in a proper receipt (what am I supposed to send if I bought it from Amazon, an Amazon receipt?!?). Ugh, very frustrating! This rebate headache is not worth the trouble...

PSE 9 is a decent photo editing tool for beginers. However, do not think you are going to get it for $20 off. Because you will probably have the same problem that I and hoards of others have had...jumping through hoops to get your rebate.

*Update - I emailed Amazon regarding this issue. They promptly emailed me back and gave me a $20 promo for my next order. Gotta love Amazon!
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