Hi - I was puzzled by the lack of a file menu bar in the organizer when I recently installed PSE 9. After doing some research with the aid of this and other forums I realized that my having set the Windows 7 text size to 125% triggered an Adobe design flaw. I need a larger text size as I have a visual disability.
One of the most often used links for a "solution" is http://www.johnrellis.com/psedbtool/photoshop-elements-faq.htm#_Settin g_the_Windows.
To quote some of this reference "Microsoft user-interface standards require applications to support text sizes larger than 100%. This is especially important with the newer, high-resolution displays and for people with aging eyes. Adobe has chosen not to follow the standard."
I would put it in somewhat harsher language - Why does Adobe discriminate against those with visual disabilities? It doesn't make sense when the over-50 crowd is a fast-growing segment of the population.
While one of the suggested work-around's (changing the a setting to use the system font) had no effect, changing the text size to a custom size of 120% made the menu appear. Since the PSE 9 editor menu displays correctly at a setting of 125%, one can only wonder why Adobe would allow such a defect in its organizer software.
I am now aware that Adobe has the 96 dpi limit printed in small type on the box. Note that if you need and use a larger type you can't read this highly unusual limitation. Most people would not readily recognize the implications of such a warning even if they could read it.
I am hoping that this post will provide some incentive for Adobe to make their products more accessible to the visually impaired.
I can't help, but as a 70 year old I strongly sympathize with your irritation. If I'm seen using a magnifying lens on the screen I explain it's Adobe's fault - don't buy PE. It's the only software I have which is so annoying. I get this dispirited feeling whenever I start it up.
I am in total agreement with your statement. I had mine set to 125% and and it's darkness is overwhelming. Otherwise, you have to feel your way along. The light gray is sickening and no help whatsoever. I M a senior user also, over 75. If I hadn't purchased so many third-party actions and styles--that I actually love--I would say forget it. I am seriously thinking about installing PSE-5 on my new computer.