I've got PC Elements Ver 6.0 and it's so painfully slow to open and run I just dread it. Has anyone run both Mac and PC Elements and can compare speed to open and edit photos? I've got a plenty fast PC but may want to try a Mac if I can justify it.
(Phos±four_dots), Feb 24, 2008 10:23 AM
I have Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 on an iMac (20" intel) with 2 mgs of RAM and a 500 G hard drive and it runs just fine. Most of the time slowness is caused by not enough RAM or a hard drive that is getting full. Also, a Windows machine is so vulnerable to being infected by "crap" off the internet that your trouble may be adware or spyware or something else that crept in off the internet. That is the main reason that I switched to Mac in 2003 - I got tired of cleaning out the "junk" that was being placed on my hard drive in spite of the fact that i had both a hardware firewall and a software firewall.
I understand that Adobe is going to come out with Photoshop Elements 6.0 for Mac in March (PSE 6.0 is already available for Windows). I use Photoshop CS on my older Power Mac for most of my photo processing and just use the iMac and PSE 4 for some of my printing, so I may not upgrade, but, who knows?
I have visited the Elements forum on two or three occasions, more or less just to see what is there - and I found very little of value - it is nothing like the Photography forum or this Macintosh forum where, for the most part, people are very helpful.
I originally bought Elements because I had people asking me what kind of software to use for printing pictures - mostly mom and pop point and shoots - and I didn't want to advise them to buy a $650 program that they did not really need. I have found that Elements 4.0 for the Mac has "Bridge" for organization and also has most of the basics: adjustment layers, cropping, resizing, text, sharpening, shadows/highlights, etc. It has an adjustment layer for levels, but not for curves. It is probably adequate for most non-professionals.