Adobe historically ships a new version of Elements every year, in the fall – but when exactly? Let’s do some digging and find the release schedules for recent versions:
|Version||Announce Date||Ship Date||Based On||Platforms|
|* Our estimate|
|Elements 6||Sept. 24, 2007||Sept. 24, 2007||CS3||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 7||Aug. 26, 2008||Oct. 6, 2008||CS3, CS4||Windows|
|Elements 8||Sept. 23, 2009||Sept. 23, 2009||CS4||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 9||Sept. 21, 2010||Sept. 21, 2010||CS4, CS5||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 10||Sept. 22, 2011*||Sept. 22, 2011*||CS5.1, 5.5||Windows, Mac*|
Funny things happened in 2008 with the launch of CS4 happening near the same time of year (September 23) – but if you exclude that occasion then the trend is definitely for the Elements release date happening in late September, just after back-to-school. Also, Adobe has shipped both Mac and Windows versions for seven out of the nine Photoshop Elements releases, and they have been increasing Mac support in other products, so we think we’ll be seeing both platforms supported again for Photoshop Elements 10.0.
So put it all together and we forecast that Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10 will ship on or about September 22, 2011, with PSE10 available on both the Windows and Mac OS operating systems. And reinforcing this prediction is Adobe’s new summer sale on Photoshop Elements 9, which runs until September 21, 2011.
One question remains: what is likely to be in the upgraded products? Nobody can say for sure, and certainly Adobe hasn’t revealed any of the new features. The current Elements 9 was largely inherited from CS4 and CS5 – and since that time there have been only minor updates to Photoshop (not CS5.5, but CS5.1)… Meanwhile, Photoshop CS6 isn’t expected to be out until the middle of next year.
So this means we could see more Creative Suite 5 features moving down into Elements, like bigger and better capabilities from the “knock-your-socks-off” additions like Content-Aware Fill or Puppet Warp… Or maybe something brand new that we haven’t even seen in any version of Photoshop yet, although Adobe is most likely to save the biggest surprises for CS6.
To see the features added to each of the last four releases of Elements, you can compare the different versions of Photoshop Elements or of Premiere Elements. Or check out a couple of free ebooks you can download for Elements 9 – or four hours of free video tutorials online for PSE 9, and the same for PSE 7/8.