Updated August 24th, 2014: We’re getting pretty close to the next major release of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements – And after tracking Elements releases for some years now, we’re pretty sure when the next version will be released. So when will version 13 come out? Well, they have been pretty good in releasing the new version right in time for the holiday shopping season and pretty consistent about it (with the last four releases happening on the third Tuesday of the month in September). Here’s our prediction:
But don’t expect any dramatic discounts at launch except on the outgoing version 12 (see the current deals and discounts). Most of the deepest discounts begin after Thanksgiving around the Black Friday weekend. See below for the release date history for the all of the previous versions:
- Elements 12 – This is the current version. It was released on September 23rd, 2013.
- Elements 11 – Released on September 25th, 2012.
- Elements 10 – Released in September 2011.
- Elements 9 – Released in September 2010.
- Elements 8 – Released in September 2009.
- Elements 7 – Released in October 2008.
- Elements 6 – Released in October 2007.
- Elements 5 – Released in October 2006.
What happens if version 13 is released right after I bought Elements 12?
We absolutely hate buying and then finding out that two weeks later a newer release is out and we would have to pay for an another upgrade to have the latest new features. That’s why most software companies, including Adobe, have a technology guarantee; if you purchased a license during the last 30 days before the new version went on sale, then you can qualify for a complimentary upgrade to the newest version. Adobe doesn’t go out and notify customers who purchased single-user licenses about complimentary post-announce upgrades so you’ll have to just verify your eligibility with their customer service team. If you ordered at Adobe.com, be sure to have your order number ready. Just note that not all purchases from resellers will qualify for the free upgrade, so just be sure you know if the store is included in Adobe’s upgrade protection plan.
What do we want to see improved in Elements 13?
Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements is a great alternate to the much more expensive Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) and CS6, it still could use some improvements. These are the ones that top our wishlist:
- More power – We would love to see it become a 64 bit program like Photoshop and Lightroom have become. Plus the addition of the camera shake feature from the latest CC version of PS would be a big plus.
- RAW file capabilities – RAW files are still pretty clumsy in Elements 12. Plus some have also reported difficulties in exporting processed raw files (especially in Windows 8.1).
- Easier emailing capabilities.
What do you want to see added or changed in Elements 13?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.