Future fuzzy for Adobe camera software

Software publisher Adobe Systems will provide a simplified version of its ubiquitous image editing program with a new version of Photoshop Elements, but analysts warn the software may not be simple--or cheap--enough for the average digital camera user.

Adobe is set to announce Monday the release of Photoshop Elements 2.0, scheduled to ship in the third quarter of 2002 for $99.

Like the first generation of the program, Elements offers a stripped-down version of Photoshop, Adobe's market-leading professional image editing package.

Elements strips out professional tools such as Web publishing applications and presents streamlined versions of the Photoshop features that are likely to be most useful to hobbyist photographers, said Adobe Product manager Mark Dahm.

"We're taking the core of the Photoshop engine and redesigning some of the features to make them easier to use and make the core functions more accessible," he said. "Plus, we've added some functions Photoshop doesn't have."

News source: Cnet

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