Elements 13-up: Slideshow missing features, unable to support upgrade from earlier versions

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I recently upgraded from Elements 9 to combined Elements + Premiere 13 with the express intention of creating a DVD from a slideshow created in Elements 9. I am extremely unhappy to discover that the slideshow functionality previously supported in v9 is no longer available. Specifically: transitions between slides and the ability to associate music with the slideshow. I have spent over £100 to upgrade as well as a considerable amount of time and effort. Please can Adobe please provide a 'downgrade' to v12 so that I can still use my slideshow functionality? Adobe have falsely misrepresented their 'upgrade' - which was actively marketed in my earlier version without any 'buyer beware' warnings.
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I upgraded to this version because I could no longer use my old version on a Windows 7 machine. How can they possibly call this an upgrade when the functionality is actually LOWER than older versions?
This so-called "upgrade" cost me $100 AND a client because I could only offer him run of the mill slideshows with no way to do even the most basic edits. Such as adjusting the time each slide appears, custom transitions, backgrounds, Size of each jpeg on screen etc....
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Big Problems With PSE 13's Slideshow Editor.

I have a big problem with PSE 13's Slideshow editor. I bought PSE 13 thinking that it would be a big upgrade from all previous versions. There is no dialogue boxes for clipart, graphics, transitions between slides or setting the length of time between slides. The new Slideshow is what I expect Adobe's competitors to put out. Is there a way to download a slideshow from previous versions and attach it to PSE 13 somehow? The slideshow feature was one of the main reasons for purchasing your product. Can I please have some feedback please?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I am very very dissatisfied with the slide show generator in PSE 13. Anyone agre....

PSE 13 Slide show Generator does not allow:
Zoom
More than 1 song in a slide show
Full screen preview starting with the slide one is working on
Slide show duration
etc

All of these features were available in PSE12!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Elements: Slide show flexibility mostly gone in vs. 13!.

I purchased Elements and Premiere Elements vs. 13, assuming it would have many improvements over my previous vs. 8. After many hours of trying to figure out how to create the slide shows I was trying to create - one of the main reasons I purchased the software - I am told (via forum) that vs. 13 only allows slide shows in one of 5 limited "themes"; none of the flexibility in editing slideshows that was present in vs. 12 and prior!! This in spite of the fact that the downloadable pdf Manual provides detailed description and photos on how to edit slideshows; which is apparently based on vs. 12 - so why is it in the Manual if it doesn't apply?! Also, none of the literature I can find on what was NOT retained in vs. 13, addresses this critical loss of functionality at all. I can only hope that Adobe plans to fix this omission rapidly; or am I dreaming?? Certainly gives me a bad taste starting out, with what otherwise is no doubt a good product.

Also, I don't find any instructions on how to save a slideshow created in Elements, to a dvd - even though I DO also have Premiere Elements, and again according to instructions, I should be able to do this. The Slide Show Creator only offers options to export to an mp4 file or to Facebook; neither of which is helpful for my purposes.

Premiere Elements does give me flexibility, and I was finally able to create a slideshow there, with great patience; but it's tremendously slow and easily gets bogged down - may be treating each photo as if its a video or something - since it's geared to videos rather than still shots.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Slideshow capabilites of PSE 13.

I was "forced" to upgrade to PSE13 to be able to import directly the RAW files of my new camera. Now I'm quite upset about the "rudimentary" slideshow function, which gives rather no room at all for customization. I've never experienced before hand that a new version of a pogram has downscaled core capabililites, therefore I was wondering whether there is any chance to have in PSE 13 the same spectrum of slideshow capabilitites already present in older versions?

regards from a quite frustrated user
Jan
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Element 13 Slide Shows not as flexible as in Elements 10.

I have updated Photoshop Element from version 10 to version. I can't find anymore the flexibility and fonctionalities of version 10 for the creation of slide show ("diaporama")
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Elements version 13 slideshow useless.

The slideshow in Elements version 13 is completely useless compared to the version 11 I upgraded from. Surely this is being corrected with a patch. Not being able to customize a slideshow to my liking is crazy. I now to re-install version 11 on another computer just to create a slideshow how I want it to look, again crazy.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Slideshow downgrade?.

Elements 13 has a limited range of templates for slideshows. It also does not have the option of defining the make up of the template yourself, as in Elements 12. Seems a backward step to me. I fail to understand the reasoning behind it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Elements 13: Slideshow capabilities in Elements 13 are disappointing in compariso....

Elements 13: Downgraded Slideshow capabilities of Photoshop Elements 13 is very disappointing in comparison to prior versions of Elements. Looks like I'll have to revert to a prior version. Please add back in the capabilities available in V12 or before.
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I agree
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John Moffat

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Just made same error and bought 13. Good solution.
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Gordon Beach

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I saw a version 12 last year and it seemed to be much better than my version 6. (I have pse12 and Premiere elements 4 package) I was thinking of upgrading but did not get around to it. two days ago i upgraded to version 13 package thing it would be even better. I can see that it is easier and quicker to do some things, but it has lost some of the features that enabled the user to customise their project. Like some previos comments, my main use of the software is to produce slideshows with individual control of Pan and Zoom, and to add multiple audio clips.
Now it seems I am restricted to the preset templates and one audio track.
I am very unhappy. I believe Adobe should either 1. Reinstate this functionality in form of a free upgrade, 2. Allow a downgrade to version 12 at no cost, or 3 Provide a refund on uninstallation of the product
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This is such a huge disappointment and, to be honest, pretty cheesy on the part of Adobe. Has anyone seen a formal response from Adobe regarding this concern?
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I just "upgraded" from version 7 and spent hours trying to figure out why I couldn't do all the customized slide shows I am used to doing. It wasn't until I read these comments that I realized Adobe stripped all the functionality out of the slide show feature. What a colossal mistake!
Have they offered any official explanation? Obviously, a lot of people are disappointed with this.
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Further to my previous comment I embarked on the process of seeking support. The phone no prompts a no of times an end up with" no telephone support for this product" The only solution is this forum or "chat" with adobe support. After logging on and requesting a chat, I had to wait one and a half hours before a contact. The another one and a half hours of chat with some long waits as well, I finally got a partial result. I can say that I did get a refund for my purchase, (and yes I have uninstalled the product). However my requests on the chat also included requests for advice on my other problem with pse6 and prel4. I suggested a full clean reinstall of windows and all programs. They agreed this may help. It hasn't. I an
m not looking forward to my next round of support from this company. I think their idea of customer support is disgraceful. Why cant we have at least telephone discussions with someone. However, having this rant, at least they gave me a refund. I was not optimistic of that result
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I started having trouble running PSE & PE 8 on my Windows 8.1 laptop. I originally upgraded to PSE 13. When I realized the limited slideshow functionality I sunk another $70.00 into PE13. PE 13 is terrible also. I was able to do more things with version 8, & it was so much easier to use. Since there seems to be no help from Adobe & no other recourse, I'll probably chalk it up to a lesson learned & never buy another Adobe product again. Maybe I can make some tweaks to get version 8 working well enough until I can find another photo & video editor. I can assure you it will not be an Adobe product, no matter how much they change it & promise the return of previous functionality.
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Regarding missing features in v 13:
I cannot find the "Color Variations" command under the drop-down "Adjust Color". The Brundage book offers an intricate work-around, but why remove a properly-functioning feature [in v 11] from an upgrade? Is this an effort to steer us to the CS on the Cloud? I am evaluating other publishers' offerings.
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If you haven't tried using the Alt key with the black and white sliders and/or adjusting the color channels in the levels dialog box, you should give it a shot. I use that a lot along with Shadows/Highlights and get great results. Sometimes need a little more color correction with Adjust Color features. And sometimes Vibrance in Quick mode.
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13 absolutely is the biggest embarrassing disgrace Adobe could make.

Horrible problems and missing features, such as the pan and zoom functions of the previous versions.

I am done with all adobe products, unless i see some quick responses to the issues.

But, it will not happen.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ELEMENTS 13 SLIDESHOW - i feel very cheated. I would like the older version ple....

I am shouting because ADOBE customer
service needs to wake up.
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I just took another look at the version 13 slide show feature in a YouTube video from Lynda.com. (I'm still using 12.) It looks streamlined/easy to use and polished, so it does have those advantages, so I think it would be really good to have BOTH slide show features in one version.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New Photoshop Elements 13 Slideshow option needs repair!.

I have used Photoshop Elements for many years and made many slideshows. Adobe has kept getting better until with version 13 the slideshow options are for little children not for people who create pictures. Why have you made such a bad choice and when will you give us back the previous functionality?

I do not want you cropping off my pictures. Headless birds make for ridiculous images. I do not like your choices of presentation. I can not find where you save my slideshow. Why did you not warn us that you had removed the functionality of your very satisfactory slideshow program?
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I just bought Photoshop Elements 14 and am very disappointed with it. With my old version I could add numerous songs to a slideshow, set the music to where I wanted it to start and finish, change the font in the text portion...I used it all the time.

This new program is a complete DOWNGRADE not an upgrade. I am sorely disappointed and won't be purchasing any further photoshop programs.

I can use PowerPoint and get a better slideshow.

I can't even fathom how Adobe can in all good conscience even consider selling this product as a slide show program.

THAT is the last of my hard earned money that Adobe will see.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Slide show option in PSE 15.

Need to give user options to create own slide show that existed in PSE 11. Limited options in 12, 13, 14 not useful. Also, hoping ACR will continue to be updated in future PSE editions.Currently own 11, 12, 13 and forced to use 11 for decent slide show options. Would have bought 14 if it fixed this problem. Thanks.
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I have migrated to Fotomagico for slide shows now. I prepare the slides in Elements 14, but prefer a decent slideshow program to compose the show.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Slide show limitations in PSE versions after PSE 11.

Thanks for recent comments. Since this slide show issue has been around since PSE 12, not optimistic that Adobe will address it at all. May eventually just go to new software, but in meantime this is how I can work around the problem. Edit my raw images in later edition of PSE since ACR for camera is not supported in PSE 11. After all edits are complete, save as DNG file. I've kept PSE 11 on my computer and so when I open PSE 11, all the DNG files are there for download and just the photos I want in the slide show. Then use PSE 11 for the slide show and Premiere Elements to burn AVCHD for best quality on HD TVs.
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I recently upgraded to a newer version of Photoshop Elements and Premier, and found they took away the best feature which is making slide shows with some creativity. Their current version is for dummies, they took away the best slide show features because they decided to do so in some conference room. Adobe does not care about what customers want, or they would NOT call Elements 13, 14 or 15 an actual upgrade, it is a downgrade!!  I paid money to find out! Very poor decisions  made by Adobe over the last few years in several areas regarding what customers want, not what Adobe wants.

Adobe Customer Service for Photoshop Elements and Premier is non existent, they simply do not care about customer service by not allowing you to talk to live person, just go to some chat room? And, before you decide what Adobe to buy, you get to talk to Direct Buy Sales agents who do NOT  know their own product, not even trained? Nothing! No Help at all, a disgrace! I'm done with Adobe Photo anything. Moving to better company that cares about what their customers and know what customers wants, and is willing to actually talk to their customers.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Elements 15 Slideshow - nearly useless.

I paid big bucks to "upgrade" from Elements 12 to Elements 15 and I soon discovered that the slideshow capabilities had been dramatically downgraded.  This new version with the downgraded slideshow function is UNSATISFACTORY AND UNACCEPTABLE.

One of the things I have always loved about previous versions of Elements (I've owned 4, 7, 12, and now 15) has been the ability to create attractive slide shows that I can control the appearance of.  I do NOT want to use your cutesy pan and zoom features and I miss being able to set background colors and have the show display in full screen.  There were many features that I regularly used while building slideshows in earlier versions of Elements and almost none of them are left.

I understand that some users want to quickly have a slide show prepared for them without having to do much work - fine - give them that option; but leave the full functionality for the rest of us.  It was wrong for Adobe to charge the rest of us for an "upgrade" which really dramatically downgraded our ability to create the projects that we have been used to.

I believe that Adobe should provide a FREE patch to restore the slideshow functionality that has been taken away
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MCSE engineer responding; did you see (my) response on page 2 of this forum?

Hi there, David, 

Your complaint was merged with another forum.  

I think you need Adobe Spark.  The slide show was separated from Photoshop Elements.   As a slide show maker, it will process everything into one show, including graphics, words, photos, into one slide show.  It's great for for photos only, and it's been used for forums and blogs.  You can find Adobe Spark at: https://spark.adobe.com/home/.  Get started for free.   

As a professional, I think you received a lot more for your "big bucks" with Photoshop Elements.   And you have many versions with different tools to use as well.   A slide show feature in Elements can be bulky as most users only utilized the slide show feature once per two years. 

Professionals pay even bigger bucks for the full version of Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite.  We can make a slide show in 4 minutes as a routine:  2 second intervals per slide and 2 seconds for showing.  Keep the photos needed for your slide show in one folder otherwise, the maker will take all photos throughout your computer.  It takes 30 photos per  minute, 450 per 15 minutes, and then repeat.  Your audience will get restless just 15 minutes.  But if you want an hour show, count on 1800 photos.   

Steve Lehman, MCSE responding;