Adobe has announced
major version upgrades for its desktop photo and video editing products, Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7, along with a revamp to its Photoshop Express online sharing and storage service that will provide a seamless link to its established desktop tools.
Photoshop Elements 7 introduces several new tools and utilities, such as a new Smart Brush tool that allows users to edit selective parts of the picture and a handy Scene Cleaner tool which lets users simply brush away unwanted subjects from a shot. In the other hand, Premiere Elements 7 promises to offer users time-saving options for editing their movies along with support for the AVCHD format and automatic video upload to YouTube.
The most notable news, however, is the major push Adobe is making to add online functions. Both applications offer a one-year membership to Photoshop Express, which has been rebranded as Photoshop.com, giving users 5GB of free storage and automatic backup of their files as well as the option to purchase a Plus membership for expanded storage capacity and features. Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7 will be available in October for $100 each, or bundled together for $150.