Relationship of Adobe photo products to one another

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Adobe has a wide variety of photo products but I have never found any information that describes the relationship of these products to one another. l started with PSE 7 and upgraded through 8 and 9, skipped 10 (nothing new of interest), but upgraded to PSE 11. To put it mildly, I was thoroughly disappointed with 11; in particular with the changes to the user interface. Why, oh why, was people tagging seperated from keyword tagging, and why were some of the basic keyword capabilities lost (eg, the ability to associate notes with people keywords)? On this last point, how dare Adobe simply discard user data during an upgrade?

So then I switched to Lightroom 4, thinking it was more oriented to professionals. It is, but apparently pros don't need some of the user friendly user interface features found in PSE 9 (eg, modifiable dates below pictures in the grid view, modifiable comments below pictures in the loop view, no support for keyword notes, and poorly conceived support for keyword hierarchies). So far, I haven't played with the LR develop module, but it is clearly inferior to the Photoshop editor included in PSE. I know LR can be used with the PSE editor module, so why isn't it just shipped with it?

There are two basic problems:

1) PSE and LR both have esentially the same modules for import, organizer/library, quick editing, and output. I do understand that PSE and LR work differently under the covers in terms of how photo versions are handled, but why isn't there a single, high quality user interface used by both PSE and LR (and Bridge)? Product functional differences, yes, but built under a common user interface and common modules.

2) Why don't Adobe engineers talk to each other and produce best of breed products, even if they are oriented to different markets, such as home users and pros? Don't you have a corporate product architecture group that can find common ground amoung your products while leaving them free to serve various markets? And don't you have technical writers who can explain the differences among your products and why one product would be preferable to another for each class of user?
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