Elements 11: wasted space in UI layout

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Hi Guys
I have recently seen the newly released Elements 11. And I can't believe what I am experiencing. What a disappointment!
The screen layout results in a terrible, unacceptable, waste of space. The left-hand Tool Box (double column; cannot be changed to single) wastes 3 cm, the bottom panel (previously perfectly satisfactory on top) wastes anything up to 5cm, and the right-hand Palette Bin (cannot be narrowed/hidden) wastes 10 cm, leaving a ridiculously small area for the actual photograph! What on earth were the designers thinking!
The new layout might look "pretty", but I'm sorry to say is far from satisfactorily functional. Maybe the designers themselves are working on professional sized 42 cm and larger Flat-screens, so can cope with the constricted photo-area, but the average Elements user cannot afford such equipment – nor do they want such enormous monitors on their desks. In fact, many users are now working on tiny laptop screens!
Further more, because the new layout differs so markedly from the full Photoshop CS versions, I suspect that existing Elements users will now be even less inclined to upgrade in future. You guys might be shooting yourselves in the foot.
Adobe has really fouled up this time round. Please guys, re-look at the use of screen space in future versions. I trust sanity will ultimately prevail.
Maybe it is time to release two versions of Elements; a pretty one for absolute beginners – with all the helpful Quick and Guided functions, and a advanced version for seasoned workers (who don't need all the 'helpful' clutter) – and which is laid out as per PhotoshopCS. (This might become necessary particularly now that PhotoshopCS is being moved and will no longer be financially accessible to the average home individual).
Nielen Schaefer
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Nielen Schaefer

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