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Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac

updated 12:55 am EDT, Wed September 23, 2009

New management, photo-editing tools due in October

Adobe on Wednesday morning announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 (Mac and Windows versions), offering automated and "intelligent" photo-editing software for consumers. Billed by the company as "the perfect" complement to iPhoto, the Mac version of the software offers new options for media management, including all the features in Adobe Bridge CS4 software -- for quick organization with a custom viewing workspace and full-screen preview with one-click close-ups as well as keyword tags and a variety of search options.

In addition, Adobe also said that Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac now includes all of the intelligent photo-editing options as the Windows version, adding to the existing Photomerge Exposure, Recompose and Quick Fix previews.

The new tools will include Scene Cleaner for brushing away unwanted elements, such as tourists or cars, from a series of photos, while the new Smart Brush tool helps users apply effects to a specific area of a photo with a single stroke and Touch-Up brushes make common editing tasks quick, such as whitening teeth or making bright blue skies. In addition, users can display their photos on the Web with gallery templates or personal Web pages, by e-mail and on CD or DVD.

Other new features include the ability to get the best exposure by combining shots with and without a flash; recompose photos to any size without distortion to fit custom sizes/frames; and to apply a full range of common photo adjustments -- including color, contrast, and lighting -- with just one click and then view the entire group of adjustment previews.

Adobe says it has also enhanced its step-by-step instructions for touching up photos. The new Photoshop Elements 8 software will walk users through each editing step with new Guided Edit options to achieve both basic and artistic effects. In addition, users can soften surfaces while keeping edges and details crisp with a Surface Blur filter as well as share photos in new web gallery templates that can be easily previewed before uploading.

Although Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 (Windows) is available now, the Mac version of Photoshop Elements 8 is expected to ship in October 2009 for $100 (in both English and French versions); it now available for pre-order. A $20 mail-in rebate is being offered through October 31, 2009 for electronic software delivery from Adobe.

Adobe says the software will require a multicore Intel processor and will support Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later, including Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

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  1. Povl

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    And it looks like there's no free/reduced upgrade path for those who bought version 6 within the last month :-(

  1. DanielSw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Call and ask

    Otherwise, get over it. You buy software and hardware when you need it at the best price you can find or the price you can handle. Change is inevitable. Embrace it, don't protest it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They're just following Apple's lead. No free upgrades for previous owners before they make the announcement.

  1. jaguar28

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Error in report concerning rebate

    From the report :

    "A $20 mail-in rebate is being offered through October 31, 2009 for electronic software delivery from Adobe."

    From the Adobe site :

    "Mail-in rebate for Software box purchases
    To receive a rebate for Software box purchases, enclose the following information:

    a) a completed original Rebate Claim Form. The original Rebate Claim Form must be filled out completely;
    b) the original Proof of Purchase Tab #1 located on the right side of the Software box. Submission of a rebate claim that contains a Proof of Purchase Tab #2 will be rejected, and the rebate will not be paid;
    c) a copy of the sales receipt from your purchase of the Software dated between September 23, 2009, and October 31, 2010. Circle the purchase date and amount paid.

    Mail-in rebate for Electronic Software Delivery purchases
    To receive a rebate for a Software download purchased from the online store, enclose the following information:

    a) a completed, printed Official Rebate Claim Form. The Official Rebate Claim Form for Electronic Software Delivery purchases must be filled out completely and the order number written on the Official Rebate Claim Form must match the order number in the Electronic Software Delivery order confirmation e-mail. Unofficial claim forms will not be accepted;
    b) a printout of the order confirmation e-mail from your Electronic Software Delivery purchase of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 dated between September 23, 2009, and October 31, 2010. Circle your ID, order number, products purchased, quantity ordered, purchase date, and amount paid."

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