Elements Organizer: No Slideshows

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I bought the combined Photoshop & Premiere Elements 10 package to replace Elements 8 which will not work on my new mac. When I started reading the Getting Started booklet, I was very disappointed to find out I can only create slideshows in Windows. I feel Adobe is misleading people by selling them a product for mac users when it doesn't have full functionality on the mac platform. I haven't installed the software yet as I will probably return it & buy something which works as advertised. I am running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) & don't want to upgrade to Lion, if that is what it takes.

I would be interested in your comments before I return the product in a few days. Thanks. KenL
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The Elements Organizer is in it's infancy on Mac. Elements 10 marks only the second version available on this platform. Much of the Organizer is built on Windows technologies. We have to find similar technologies on the Mac side or engineer a new solution from scratch. This is the reason it took so long for this product to appear on this platform.

In the case of Slideshows, this feature is built using Windows Media Player. As Windows Media Player is not available on Mac, we have to go to a different solution. The Mac equivalent of WMP is Quicktime. However, Quicktime does not offer the same features (API's) that would allow for Slide Shows on the Mac platform.

While we would like to have complete feature parity between the two platforms one day, it will take some time to develop the tools to make this available.

If you could point out any advertising that suggests that the Organizer is identical between Windows and Mac, we would like to have that corrected. Currently, the materials I am aware of do point out that the Slideshow is available only on Windows. Here are some examples:

From the Adobe.com Photoshop Elements Features page [emphasis mine]:
Tell great stories with slide shows
Create an entertaining slide show complete with captions, documentary-style pan and zoom effects, amazing transitions, voice narration, and music. (Windows only.)

Adobe TV Tutorial on Slide Shows: "Creating A Slide Show (Windows)"
Within the first 20 seconds of this video the presenter mentions this is a Windows only feature.

As a caveat to all of the above, as you have the Elements bundle, you can create slide shows using Premiere Elements. Instructions for doing so can be found in the Help: Creating a slide show