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||Mon., Sept. 24, 2007||Sept. 24||CS3||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 7||Tues., Aug. 26, 2008||Oct. 6||CS3, CS4||Windows|
|Elements 8||Weds., Sept. 23, 2009||Sept. 23||CS4||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 9||Tues., Sept. 21, 2010||Sept. 21||CS4, CS5||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 10||Tues., Sept. 20, 2011||Sept. 20||CS4, CS5.1||Windows, Mac|
|Elements 11||Mon., Sept. 24, 2012*||Sept. 24*||CS5*||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. New versions of the Creative Suite will now always be launched in the spring, followed closely by the big annual MAX conferences.
Will Elements 11 be available on Mac OS, or for Windows only? Well, Adobe has shipped both Mac and Windows versions for eight out of the ten Photoshop Elements releases, and their trend has been increased Mac support in other products, so we think we’ll be seeing both platforms supported again for Photoshop Elements 11.0.
So put it all together and we forecast that Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11 will ship on or about September 24, 2012, with PSE11 available on both the Windows and Mac OS operating systems. We say the 24th because Adobe typically likes to ship new products on a Monday or Tuesday, near the beginning of the week when business activity is greatest. There is an outside chance we could see it coming out the previous week instead, but that would be the earliest ever in September historically.
[UPDATE – Great news: An alert reader has confirmed this release window while noticing that Adobe will offer a grace period with free upgrades to Elements 11 to anyone who has purchased Elements 10 between September 1 and September 24…]
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 10 was largely inherited from CS5.1 and 5.5 – and since that time we’ve had the killer release of Photoshop CS6. CS6 is the first major new release of Photoshop in two years, so there is a long list of great new features that come with it…
So this means we could possibly see (or hope for) some Creative Suite 6 features moving down into Elements, maybe some bigger and better capabilities from the “knock-your-socks-off” additions like Content-Aware Move/Patch or Puppet Warp… Or perhaps a few of the many smaller enhancements and polished improvements that have given PS CS6 such good reviews and make it a pleasure to work with.
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To see the features added to each of the last five releases of Elements, you can compare all the different versions of Photoshop Elements or of Premiere Elements. Or see what the critics have been saying with the review and rating roundup for PSE 10.
See our track record for forecasting other major Adobe product releases like Creative Suite 6, Lightroom 4, and Acrobat X.
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