If after I launch to program i take any actions (other than immediately changing preferences) i am not able to make any preference changes. I am given the error message:
Failed to change setting. Ensure that you have launced APE, in the administator mode and have sufficient privileges to change...
My account is an administrator account. I have already done a permissions repair and a disk check.
Also preferences are not always retained between sessions/program launches
I am strictly an Elements Windows person, so
Have you been checking out Premiere Elements Mac preferences such as offered in the following
I am guessing that Premiere Elements 11 Mac ones would be comparable to those for Premiere Elements 12 Mac.
Please try to enable a root user account by following the below article
Try to launch Premiere elements 12 in this account (as applications are not user specific)
If you do not face any issue in this account, try to boot the system in safe boot by following the instructions in below link
Log into your account but do not launch any application in safe boot.
Then restart your system normally and log into your original account and check whether the issue persists or not.