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    I'm seriously considering purchasing and installing Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8; looks like they would be a lot of fun, learning, and maybe even useful. I wonder if anyone here is using these programs, and if you could tell me whether my current computer would be able to run it well. I know that the two of them together is a VERY LARGE installation. Current computer easily meets the minimum system requirements, but I don't want to knowingly cause my otherwise well-working machine to become sluggish, or end up with two slow running programs that would be more frustrating than fun. Here is what I currently have on my desktop:

    Dell Inspiron 530, about 2 years old.
    64 bit Win 7 Home Premium OS (upgraded from Vista last November).
    Intel (R) Pentium (R) Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00 GHz.
    4 GB Ram, 320 GB hard drive with 220 GB free.
    Intel (R) G33/G31 video.

    What do you think?

    Also, PS Elements 9 is thought to be coming soon; would it be worth waiting for?

    Thanks for any input,
    John
    Dell Inspiron 530 Intel Pentium E2180 dual core @2.00 GHz 4GB Ram Win7 64 bit

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    I use Photoshop Elements all the time, definitely worth the price. And your system can handle it just fine (I have a 3 year old HP laptop with 4GB memory with Win 7 Pro 64-bit and it runs runs PSE 8 just fine). I haven't tried Premier Elements yet, I use Pinnacle Studio so I can't comment on that. I did use an earlier version of Premier Elements and I was not impressed - I liked its capabilities but it needed to make a full backup of whatever video file I was editing (which slowed things down and needlessly used up a lot of disk space) and crashed when I edited long files (2 hour movies). I don't know if the recent version has fixed any of these issues.

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    Photoshop Elements should be no problem. Premiere Elements, since its working with video, has the potential to be a heavy consumer of system resources. Things like fast scratch disks for intermediate file manipulation and scrubbing are important and the types of video files you will be editing are important. A DVD-quality and size video is much easier to manipulate than hi-def camcorder video which also may requre a better video subsystem.

    I have both but I rarely use Premiere Elemenst 8 since it seems really sluggish to strart up on my Win 7 system and I prefer the user interface and features of Pinnacle Studio, though the same caveats apply when it comes to processing video.

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    I'm still running PSE5. The main main point has been hard disk space, as its native format (PSD) creates immense files (e.g., an 8 megapixel image with a second layer consumes 35 megabytes) and it likes to use a lot of temp space. But with so much space free, you should be alright for a while.

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    Also, PS Elements 9 is thought to be coming soon; would it be worth waiting for?
    If it inherits content aware fill from the just released version of Photoshop (see What's new in Photoshop CS5), I will get in line to buy it!

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    Peter, Byron, and jscher-

    I went and purchased both as a bundle today and have installed them tonight. Also bought a nice book (600+) pages for Elements 8 from Missing Manuals. As an old guy, the book will work better for me than video tutorials.Just wanted to thank all of you for your prompt and useful responses. Jscher, I followed your link to look at the " content aware fill" clip at the Photoshop site. WAY TOO COOL! I even had my wife look at it. I almost changed my mind and bought CS5. I can afford it, but couldn't figure out how to JUSTIFY it, especially since I'm just starting and clearly don't have a clue yet! Thanks again, all. I'm off to play a bit now.

    John
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