Adobe Pulls Free Photoshop Version, Pushes Photoshop.com as a Replacement
Article by George Norman
On 10 Aug 2009
Adobe has announced that the Album Starter Edition, the free version of Photoshop, is no longer available. The image-editing software that many believe it to be the best one out there, will no longer be offered as a free desktop app. The cheapest (not free) version of the Adobe Photoshop is now Photoshop Elements 7. The California-based company that specializes in creating multimedia and creativity software products has an alternate offering for you, the user that does not want to part with his hard earned cash: a web-based version of Adobe Photoshop that you can access at Photoshop.com.

“Adobe® Photoshop® Album Starter Edition software is no longer available. Adobe is discontinuing the product and ongoing technical support. Adobe is committed to providing customers with a great free photo-editing service and has created Photoshop.com for your use. Upload, edit, organize, share, and back up your photos all in one place. It’s quick to get started with and easy to use,” explained Adobe.

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Existing Photoshop Album Started Edition users can move their whole photo library to Photoshop.com from within the software application. In this regard you need only select the images you want to move, go to the Share menu and select “Share to Photoshop.com.” After you set up a new and free account, all your images will be transferred to said account. You have 2GB of storage space to accommodate all your data; if you need to transfer more than 2GB, Adobe explained that “you will be able to upgrade the storage on your free account to accommodate your entire library.”

What Adobe meant to say by that is this: there are two Photoshop.com membership offerings. Photoshop.com Basic account, the first offering, comes with 2GB of free storage space – you can purchase additional space starting with $19.99 per year for 20GB or $39.99 for 40GB. Then there’s the Photoshop.com Plus account which comes with 20GB of storage space for $69.99 per year, or 100GB of space for $129.99 per year. The Plus-level membership is only available to those of you who purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or Adobe Premiere Elements 7. The Plus account comes with some extra features (special artwork, album templates, effects) and in order to access them you need the Elements 7 software.

If you want to get started with Photoshop.com, just click here.
If you want to get Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, a download location is available
here.



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