Yesterday Mike Martin pointed out to me that Adobe has announced Photoshop Elements 8 for both the Mac and Windows. Here's the press release. It appears that Adobe has finally synchronized the Windows and Mac version. For years the Mac version was always behind the Windows version. This new version of PSE is going to be available some time in October and will be $79 (with a $20 mail in rebate) if you purchase it from the Adobe online store.
Mike raised a question that I'm sure other beginning real estate photographers are thinking. Mike says, "I'd like to know more why this isn't your basic standard for RE photographers versus Lightroom. What's Lightroom have that RE photographers NEED that isn't in PSE?" He's referring to the fact that I'm always ranting about Lightroom and I put Lightroom on my list of essential tools for real estate photographers.
Here's why: sure, Photoshop Elements has everything you will ever need for real estate photography, but the Photoshop interface evolved as a tool to satisfy graphic artists. PSE has always been the light version of Photoshop. Lightroom on the other hand is designed from scratch for photographers. This focus on the photographer resulted in a interface that makes the photographers life faster and easier. So, real estate photographers can live without Lightroom but their work get's done faster and easier with Lightroom. Is it worth the extra $200? I think so, but this is a call everyone has to make for themselves. An easy way to decide is to go download the 30 day Lightroom trial and see for yourself.
PSE has always been a great value. You get 90% of Photoshop functionality for around 10% of the cost of Photoshop. I'm anxious to see what new features they've added to PSE 8. It sounds like it will have more organizational features and a new feature appears to be online backup of your photos. I'll report back in the near future, I pre-ordered a copy today.