or is this a 'normal timeline' for new versions of PSE?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop_Elements
So, there is nothing new, a new version every year at about the same time.
You'll notice that the new features are not very numerous and are mainly targeted at creative amateurs needing guided help and automatic features. Those new automatic features don't need much interface change and, if automatic, don't need much technical learning and understanding.
New features are not the only and main reason for yearly upgrades:
- bug fixes
- compliance with new OS (Win or Mac), external softwares (Google Maps...), new hardware (drives, graphic cards, tablets, displays).
- performance and stability.
To some old expert users, the changes are not significant. To many enthusiast new amateurs, they may be. So it's up to each one to weigh if it's worth the upgrade. The only serious way is to test the trial version (free for 30 days) yourself. Anyway it's much too soon to get feedback from other users, and that feedback may not be significant for your own use and profile.
And on their website they claim this about PSE19: Faster performance" -- as proven by what?!
It does not look like you have tested it, so why this agressivity?
I did install it this morning, and I have not been impressed at all with performance.
I got this answer from an expert friend:
I installed PSE 2019 on two machines. It is pretty fast on both, particularly on the one which is more powerful (a more recent purchase).
Which makes sense. I am not at home today with only a very low spec hardware available. On the other hand, most of the performances critiques on older PSE versions came from users with powerful specs and plenty of RAM. That was something really needed. Also, the automatic features require a lot of indexing to begin with. It will be easy to compare within one month if I can feel the difference on my 'normal' computer.
There may be online blog rumors but no official release dates for Elements/Premier 2019 and with our strict non-disclosure agreement in forums and among employees, there cannot be a release date given. Although there was a rumor about an October 13-17 release for a CC program from Adobe, that may not pertain to Elements, and whether it would be with or without Premier. Spedculation is your only discussion for now. Have a good guess-session.
Steve Lehman, mcse
A guy named Michel has a fix in another forum. Michel are ya out there? He should take over maybe, it's his link. He had this link to follow for this fix. It has to do with HEIF/HEVC which recognizes vids and pix in an iphone and shares with Photoshop. Check this link:
Just issued, this doc:
Steve Lehman, mcse
I have just installed PSE2019 on a 'normal' 8 GB PC and that makes a big difference in speed and responsiveness.
Nobody will see it, but the system requirements for Elements 2019 on Mac and Windows have been changed from 4 GB to 4 GB (8 GB recommended).
Too soon for a definitive conclusion, but on another forum it appears that RAM is the key factor.
Users with 16 GB or more are very happy (they were not with prior versions).
With my 8 GB, apart from a few slow features it's really faster.
I would warn new potential users wanting the new automatic features with only 4GB not to upgrade before testing the trial version (full features for 30 days). You'll pay only if you are happy.
Looking at the Windows taskbar, I can see that it seems there has been in depth work to manage memory for the various modules and automatic/bacground tasks. Keep tuned to get feedback from many more users.