Elements: Problems with some changes to Photoshop Elements 11

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I understand that Adobe programmers are very talented and technical thinkers. I am a teacher of Photoshop Elements over several versions. Some changes that were made in version 11 are excellent, such as the Interface lighter color and the use of the Photo Bin for Tool Options.

However, some changes may have appealed to the programmers but they cause unnecessary problems for users. e.g. Describing the "Full" editor as the "Expert" editor scares away newcomers to Elements. Since my students learn to read and use a histogram, it is important for them to use the "Full" editor. Did the programmers think about the psychological impact of telling newcomers they are "Experts?" If these changes had been passed by a teacher before publication, you could have avoided this unnecessary change.

Changes should be limited to improvements, not to someone's idea of a new label.

The other unnecessary change that makes it harder for people to move from an earlier version to the new one, is to change the icons you use. e.g. I couldn't immediately spot the straighten tool because you changed the icon. How did that improve the software?

Have you considered sending a Beta version to some educators who teach Photoshop Elements before publishing a new version?

I would volunteer to be such a Beta tester.

Mary Lou Frost
Tonawanda, New York
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Hi Mary:
Thanks for the feedback.
You can apply to be included in the next Photoshop Elements Prerelease Program here: