Adobe Elements 9 and Premiere Elements 9 are the latest products to be announced at this year’s Photokina trade show.

The latest version of the popular editing program extends its feature set further and now, for the first time, offers full packages for both PC and Mac. Though Mac users could by versions of previous editions of Elements, this is the first time that it has been (more or less) identical to the PC release and, for the first time, Premiere Elements comes to the Mac too.

The Organizer (now also on the Mac version) features easy sharing options to sites such as Flickr and Facebook, scaling images prior to upload for quicker data transfer. Within the image editing the Guided edits have been expanded upon to include not only useful processes such as adjusting levels but also a range of ‘fun edits’, such as a reflection and a Pop Art feature.

Elements now also features full layer mask functionality for the first time. The content aware fill technology, as seen in CS5, has been added to the Heal brush, while the panorama photo merge also uses it to fill in details at the edge of the frame. The new Photo Merge Style Match can also match tone and colours from other images to give a specific style or effect.

Premiere Elements, the video editing side, is full HD compatible with all the latest Codecs and allows smooth playback full screen. New audio adjustments have been added to the bulging range of features and effects seen on the previous version. It features full timeline editing for precise cutting or content-intelligent modes such as smart trim and smart mix for quick edits. Elements and Premiere Elements 9 are available for £77 each or £116 as a bundle.

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  • Phil Lewin

    Isn’t it amazing how software publishers shout about new features they have added, yet are extremely quiet about ones they have taken away.

    Yesterday, I downloaded the tryout version of PSE9 for the Mac. The first thing I noticed is the removal of the perfectly functional and utterly dependable, gimmick-free Bridge CS4, which has been replaced by the “Adobe Elements Organiser”, into which I must ‘import’ pictures I wish to edit. With Bridge, I can view any picture I have stored on my HD, without having to import it into a catalogue, and in any event Mac users have iPhoto’09 to organise pictures.

    Then I tried right-clicking on a picture file to bring up the contextual menu. In Bridge, this would have included the option “Open in Camera Raw”, which with Elements 8 would have allowed full Camera Raw functionality. I note with much sadness that this has been omitted from version 9. As a part-time pro whose budget simply won’t stretch to CS5, I WANT this functionality, and don’t need gimmicks like face detection (for which as aforesaid I have iPhoto).

    There are some improvements – I note that layer masking has been introduced as a direct option, where previously you had to ‘borrow’ the mask from an adjustment layer. I remedied that by downloading a plugin from either Stuart Little’s site ( or Karen Brockney’s site (

    I do hope that someone from Adobe sees this comment. Unless my points are addressed (and preferably that would include ditching the Organiser in favour of Bridge), I won’t be buying PSE9. In my honest opinion, it is a downgrade.

  • AlJ

    How much are upgrade coing to cost?