SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Adobe launched version 12 of its popular photo and video editing software Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements on Tuesday.
As you'd expect, the twelfth update brings some improvements to the software series, including better mobile capabilities that Adobe said bring "professional-grade editing technology" to photos and videos on the move.
"Our customers have a lot of photos and videos, and they love to use their home computers to organise them and be creative, but they also want the freedom and flexibility to view, edit and share on their mobile devices," Adobe VP of products Lea Hickman said. "Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 will provide customers with the best of both worlds, quickly, easily and at their discretion."
One of the features added to Photoshop Elements is "Mobile Albums", which enables users to view, edit and share their photos and videos on their smartphones, tablets and desktop devices at home or wirelessly.
Another noteworthy addition is Auto Smart Tone, a feature that learns a customer's editing preferences and offers one-click adjustments based on their choices. Adobe said this improves "the more you use it" as it gets to know your ways of editing.
Among the other additional features are: Content-Aware Move, a technology lets customers easily move objects within a photo and automatically fills in resulting empty spaces; Pet Eye Correction, a solution to the problem of flash reflection in animals' eyes that is not addressed by Red Eye correction technology; and the addition one-click photo frames, effects and textures.
Mac users will also be pleased that the Mac version is now supported on 64-bit machines.
As for Premiere Elements, Adobe has updated the software with some new tools, including: over 50 soundtracks that automatically regenerate to fit the duration of a clip being edited, making it easier for users to create home movies; 250 new sound effects; Auto Smart Tone as in Photoshop Elements; and "Film Looks", four new filters to add different lens flares to home movies including Comic, Trinity, Yesteryear and Cross Process.
There's also a new "motion tracking" tool that adds graphics, text and effects that move with the object.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Adobe Premiere Elements 12 are available for Mac and Windows online from today, and will set you back £78.15 each, with each upgrade priced at £63.49. A bundle of the two products is also available for £117.22, with the combined upgrade priced at £96.71. µ
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