Updated September 24, 2014 at 12:01am EST – Adobe Systems has officially announced the Elements 13 line – You can pick up and download Photoshop Elements 13, Premiere Elements 13, and the bundle right now at Amazon. They also have the discounted student version available. Here’s a look at what’s new in Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13.
Updated September 23rd, 2014 – Seems like Adobe’s retailers are slowly getting their Elements 13 product pages ready. Amazon UK has Photoshop Elements 13, Premiere Elements 13, and the bundle version now posted (be sure to see the videos posted on the page – Click through the images at the top left of the page). Their listed release date is September 25th.
Here’s the Photoshop Elements & Premier Elements 13 Bundle at Best Buy. You can even add it to your cart but it’s not yet available for shipping (no date listed). The full product description is posted here.
We also wanted to let you know that you can also pick up version 12 right now and you can qualify for a free upgrade to 13. Adobe has this free upgrade policy: If you buy a copy of their software 30 days or less before the next version is released then you can qualify for a free upgrade. Amazon currently had Photoshop Elements 12 on sale for $20.00 off, Premiere Elements 12 for $15.00 off, and the bundle for $16.00 off (once version 13 is released, don’t expect to see any discounts for at least a few weeks). Or check out any one of Adobe’s other authorized resellers like Best Buy, Staples, etc., for a better price.
Newegg.com also just posted these short videos that highlight some of the new features in version 13.
Here are a few more screenshots from Newegg:
Updated September 22nd, 2014 – Amazon Germany had preorder pages up for Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 over the weekend but they were all pulled down this morning.
Updated September 21st, 2014 – Amazon Germany just posted the release date for Photoshop Elements 13: September 23rd, 2014 at 12:00am local time. Amazon has a tendency to change their released dates for pre-order products but if it holds, that would be spot on with or predictions from several months ago. Here’s the screenshot:
Updated September 20th, 2014 – Looks like the Elements 13 launch could be just days away as Amazon Germany just posted a pre-order page for Photoshop Elements 13 (here’s the original page and translated into english), Premiere Elements 13 (here’s the original page and translated into english) and the Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 13 bundle (here’s the original page and translated into english). Be sure to check out the new features! No launch date is listed but it’s likely to launch soon if it’s on pre-order. Be sure to sign up to our release date notifier list (on the right of this page) and we will send you an email the moment Elements 13 is released.
Here are some of the screen shots from the Elements 13 bundle from Amazon (using google translate from German to English – click to expand each image):
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?
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