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PC World: First Look at Photoshop Elements 8

PC World: "Mac users could be forgiven for doubting the future of Photoshop Elements for Mac, Adobe's low-cost image editor. In the two years since Elements 6 ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ) appeared to wide acclaim, Mac users have watched as their Windows compatriots progressed to Version 7. At the same time competition has heated up from an ever-growing crop of inexpensive image editors for the Mac, such as Acorn ( Macworld rated 3.5 out of 5 mice ) and Pixelmator ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ).

With Photoshop Elements 8--released simultaneously on Mac and Windows--Adobe is once again staking its claim in the consumer image-editing market. The new version (which cost $100, and comes with a $20 mail-in rebate) offers new tools for quickly applying editing effects and merging information from multiple photos, sports an updated interface, and includes technology from its much larger sibling, Photoshop CS4. While Elements 8 doesn't offer as many groundbreaking tools as previous versions, it does look to be a well-rounded update to an already good product."

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