In addition to the new online image file back-up service that's provided
by Iron Mountain (www.IronMountain.com),
Photoshop Elements 5.0 enhances its multi-session CD and DVD burning capability.
To maximize the available storage space on a DVD, Photoshop Elements 5.0 keeps
that DVD "open" after writing to it. You can then write multiple
back-up sessions to the same DVD until the disc is full.
A combination of wide angle (12mm) zoom and low angle produced the
classic tilted perspective look that's easily fixed in Photoshop
Elements 5.0 with just a slight push of the Vertical Perspective
slider. Now the Shah of Iran's Buick (no kidding) stands between
two upright perpendicular columns--no view camera required.
What's Missing, And Who Cares?
There are several Photoshop functions not included in Elements but I'm
not sure that the true target audience will notice. Photoshop Elements does
not offer channel operations, Bézier drawing, vector clipping paths,
or support for CMYK images. Do you care? When is the last time you clipped a
vector's path? I never have.
In January 2006, Adobe Systems announced a new version of Photoshop Elements
for the Mac OS. While working on this First Look an Adobe spokesperson assured
me that "Mac customers continue to be very important to Adobe" and
told me that Windows and Mac OS versions of Photoshop Elements are currently
on different product development tracks.
When working in the Adjust Sharpness dialog box you can zoom in
and out of the photo in the preview area for a closer look. To see
the results of the adjustment more clearly, click and hold the mouse
button in the preview area, then release. Is it better than Unsharp
Mask? I think so!
My guess is that Adobe is waiting for the now-delayed launch of Mac OS X Leopard
to incorporate some of its features into the Mac version of Photoshop Elements
5.0, so it'll be worth the wait. In the meantime, Windows users who are
waiting for the launch of Windows Vista can jump into Photoshop Elements 5.0,
and that's a good thing.
In addition to working with photographs, Photoshop Elements 5.0
lets you add your photos to flexible themed layouts. You can also
animate your photos and create interactive, Flash-based web galleries
with no programming required!
· Microsoft Windows XP, Professional, Home Edition, or Media Center Edition
2004 with Service Pack 2
· Intel Pentium 4, Celeron, or compatible processor at 1.3GHz or faster
(Dual Core and Hyper-Thread processors supported)
· 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
· 1.5GB of available hard-disk space
· Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
· 1024x768 monitor resolution at 96dpi or less
· Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible sound and display driver
· CD-ROM drive
With the new Map View, you can visually locate photos that were
taken in specific places, interact with and even search for photos
based on the Map View. The Map View has three different visualizations:
the default view provides the best view to see street information;
a satellite view will toggle the map to show you the satellite imagery
sourced by Yahoo! Maps; and hybrid view will overlay street information
on the satellite data. Image courtesy of Adobe.
For more information, contact Adobe Systems Inc., 345 Park Ave., San Jose,
CA 95110; (800) 492-3623, (408) 536-6000; www.adobe.com.