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There are no upgrades issued for the program. Each version is a completely new program, so you can install the latest no matter which version you had previously. Or even if you had no previous version!
Likewise, there is no official upgrade pricing. However, if you contact Adobe and let them know you have a previous version, they will sometimes offer a special price.
I don't know if it counts though if your last version is five years old. But it's worth a try.
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The only upgrade pricing that I have seen is for registered users of PrE, should they want to move to PrPro. Often, Adobe will offer a reduced price for migrating to Pro, though not always.
I see nothing at the Adobe Store, on any upgrade pricing for PrE, other than the discount vs individual programs, if one goes with the PrE/PSE bundle.
Thanks - I suspected as much and it is a bit much for me to expect an upgrade from PE2 to PE9 but it is also a bit much for Adobe to ask ALL users to pay full price to move from one version to the next.
I'm testing my PE2 projects with PE9 trial now and it seems to work OK. Haven't really found anything terribly interesting / new for my level of use (other than I'm ready to move to Win 7 to take advantage of 64bit and larger memories).
Thanks for the replies
I am not a marketing expert but I do wonder of adobe do not shoot themselves in the foot by not having a decent upgrade policy. I have premiere elements 7 and I consider it is a fantastic product and it was excellent value for money. Unfortunately for adobe however I just upgraded to vegas movie studio 10. A good part of my reasoning was that they offer excellent upgrade packages for loyal users. (and also it doesn't seem the upgrades since premiere elements version 7 have offered a great deal of improvements or new features to the excellent premiere elements 7, whereas vegas has given me some new features and seems pretty stable. I also have an older version of pinnacle, and they recently sent a stunningly good offer to upgrade to their latest ultimate version (25 English pounds). (I won't be taking up the offer as between premiere elements 7 and vegas movie studio 10 I have more than enough toys to play with )
I like to keep my preferred software up to date however, and if adobe had offered an upgrade along the same value as pinnacle i would have jumped at it - despite not really needing it! It would have been an extra sale they made. I suspect there are many others like me.
I am prepared to risk wasting 25 quid on an upgrade I find doesn't really offer anything, as i can simply revert to my previous version, but I am not prepared to pay the full price again.
I hope adobe return to form in the near future as it has been disappointing to see all the negativity about premiere elements 8 (and to a lesser extent premiere elements 9) considering I felt and still feel that premiere elements 7 is so good.
As I've said before, guys, it doesn't hurt to ask.
In the past Adobe has never had an official upgrade price -- however, if you ask, they often give you a discount if you're an owner of a previous version.
That said, I highly recommend that you don't open your version 2 projects with version 9. At least not without saving a copy of the original, just in case. There's always a risk in opening in older version project with a newer version of a program -- and jumping over 6 generations is very likely to lead to buggy behavior!
You really would be wise to finish your version 2 projects in version 2 and then start fresh in version 9.
Good suggestions - I absolutely plan to plan to SAVE all my previous projects (finalized) in PRE2 then only open and save them in PRE9 for any later editing. So far, PRE9 does appear able to open and handle PRE2 files with no problem - I'm working from copies of my PRE2 projects while I test PRE9 in trial mode.
With their higher-priced software, Adobe has historically offered a discounted up-grade path. For PrPro, it's about US$299 vs US$900. Same for Photoshop. While I might have missed some "offers" with PrE, Adobe does not seem to do many upgrade offers, though they do discount vs the individual programs, when one buys the PrE/PSE bundle.
Some other software companies, like Pinnacle, do offer upgrade discounts, though some of those are really THAT good, and "street prices" are often better than the official upgrades.
Also, with PrE, though one is often "upgrading" from a previous version, what they get is the FULL new version, and not really an "upgrade," as with some other programs, that require a previous installation, or at least the media from that previous version, just to install. Several different ways that a software company can approach things.
Neat, and nice find Neale. Guess that answers that. Wonder if it's just for the folk in the UK, or if it's universal?
Wow! I guess it does pay to opt to be on Adobe's mailing and notifications list!
In all likelihood though 15% off Retail Price would still be more expensive than Amazon or other online sellers.
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Agreed with nealeh - I went with the bundle of Pe9 and Ps9 from amazon.com.
Pe9 and Ps9 seem to do most of what I want as I typically do only home made DVDs
from pictures and videos.
Thanks all for your replies
This morning when I opened PRE 8 a notification showed up with a special price of $59.99, aa $40.00 saving.
I could not cut and paste it but there should be something on their site. It says the offer ends Jan 05 2010.