We had been hearing the rumors for some time that Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 would be Windows only. This week we learned those rumors were true.
I can’t speak for Adobe or anyone else, but my guess is that Apple’s homegrown products, such as iPhoto 5, don’t set very well with Adobe strategists — something like, “too many similar products in an already small market.” That thinking does resonate with the business side of my mind… to a degree.
But I’d like to point out a few things that favor releasing Elements 4 for the Mac. First, there really isn’t a product like it on the platform. iPhoto 5 is not Elements. They do different things. I recommend iPhoto 5 and an image editor. Elements has been a powerful, affordable option to fill that need.
Second, the Mac platform is a haven for digital photographers and visual artists. It’s an easy entry point that allows folks to stretch as far as they want. When you think about getting serious, you think about Photoshop CS2. Having a current version of Elements for the platform provides a natural upgrade path for these types of customers.
Finally, there’s an uneasy feeling in the Mac community that Adobe and Apple aren’t getting along as well as we’d like them too. No Elements 4 certainly doesn’t help with this uncertainty.
On the bright side, there’s a big opportunity here for someone to step in and provide us with a powerful image editor for less than $100. Or maybe it’s already here?
Your thoughts on any of this…