Adobe Systems has begun shipping its enthusiast-oriented Photoshop.com site as well.and --and is offering a promotion to try to lure users to its online
The Elements software costs $99.99 each or $149.99 as a bundle. New with this version, Adobe also is offering a $179.99 price that includes a one-year Photoshop.com Plus membership. Ordinarily, a Photoshop.com Plus subscription costs $49.99 a year, so you're basically getting a $20 price break, at least until the time comes to renew for another year.
Photoshop.com offers tutorials, online albums for backing up and sharing your shots, and access to theonline editing tool. The free basic version comes with 2GB of storage, and the Plus level comes with 20GB of storage.
Pricing isn't the only promotion. CNET reviewer Lori Grunin found itin the software itself.
All this to-do is evidence of how hard Adobe is trying to catch up to rivals with years-long head starts on the Internet.
Adobe remains the leading seller of photo editing software, but the San Jose, Calif.-based company is arriving late to the Internet. Yahoo's Flickr has long been a hub for photography enthusiasts who like to share pictures and discuss their photography interests, and even relatively straightforward photo hosting sites such as SmugMug have a long lead. Microstock companies such as iStockphoto have been blossoming with online sales models even as . And start-ups such as into the world of online photo editing.
The standout feature of Premiere Elements isused by many video cameras, though I'm interested in the Smart Tag feature that labels videos with computer-generated tags such as "shaky" or "in focus." It's an example of the gradually more sophisticated autotagging concept, which can make the computer do some of the onerous work of labeling photos, videos, or other files so they can be found more easily later.