So, I guess the point of my post is to fish for information from Adobe to see if they have any plans to modify Lightroom in the future to give it some of the features from Photoshop Elements that made it work well for consumers.
Adobe never lets the world know what their plans are for future modifications to Lightroom.
Yes, good point, dj_paige. I guess I should have realized that. I suppose, then, that the point of my post is just to point out a fundamental question that I think many people will face after Adobe's recent announcement. By removing an essential feature from their consumer level product, they are herding many potential consumer-level users to a product that is designed for a different set of users. I'm sure they have thought through that. As one of these users caught in the middle, I'm just hoping for some more information to help inform my decisions.
Seems like you are in a tough place. You want a feature that Lightroom has and PSE doesn't have, but you don't like the interface in Lightroom. I have no more information that will help you make a more informed decision. It seems like you have ALL the information that is available today, since you have used both PSE and Lightroom.
First, the interface is cluttered
Agree somewhat- Press [J] to hide all info and tags on previews in the grid view. Adjust thumbnail size for best view.
no way to view both photos and videos in full screen mode.
For Photos full screen- press [F]
For videos the nearest to play in full screen is [SHIFT+TAB]
Thanks, wobertc. That helps.