The most aggravating thing I’ve found about having upgraded to Mac OS X has probably been the lack of my standard graphics applications. I own Photoshop and Illustrator, and for a while they were not native, and now that they are, the upgrades are $149. Each. So I’ve been doing without.
The problem is, I very frequently need a graphics tool to do some resizing, cropping, and minor touch-ups to graphics and photos. With Jaguar, and iChat, I’ve started using Instant Messaging more, and decided I wanted to have a custom chat icon. So once again, the lack of a native graphics app was driving me crazy.
Fortunately, Adobe (and Amazon.com) finally came to my rescue, with the release of Photoshop Elements 2.0, with native support for Mac OS X.
The best news was there are two special offers on it right now. Between the School of Rebates at Amazon.com ($40), and the Adobe upgrade rebate ($30 if you own a wide range of graphics apps), my net cost for this fairly good piece of software is $29. And Amazon.com just dropped their regular price by $9, so now you can get Photoshop Elements for only $20!
The bad news is that Amazon.com’s sale ends on September 3rd, so you need to act fast if you want to get it. Go and buy it now!
Photoshop Elements 2.0 includes both Mac OS and Windows versions on the same CD, and is OS 9 and OS X compatible. There’s plenty about it that’s not as good as other products, but for $20, I doubt if there’s a better graphics application for any operating system.