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If you are a Mac user, you have two versions of Elements 10 to choose from: the Standard version, and an abbreviated Editor-only version that's available from the Mac App Store. Let's take a look at the differences so you can decide which is right for you. The Standard version of Elements 10 for Mac comes complete with an Organizer, an Editor, and all the other features you will see in this course. The Standard version on a Mac is the same as the Windows version of Elements 10, which you will see throughout this course. The Standard version for Mac or for Windows is the one that you get when you buy Photoshop Elements 10 from retail outlets, and from most online outlets, like here at the adobe.com web site that I am viewing in my web browser.
Alternatively, there is the Editor-Only version of Elements 10 for Mac that's available from the online Mac App Store. To get there, I'll open the Mac App Store, which is different from the adobe.com store. To purchase that, I need to go to the Mac App Store. To do that, I will go up to the Apple at the top of my screen and I will choose App Store. Of course, I need to be online to see the App Store. Here in the App Store, I can search for Photoshop Elements 10 from this search field.
It shows up in the search results, and I'll click on it, and here is the page that describes the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor-only that you can purchase and download from here in The Mac App Store. Notice that in order to run the Editor-only version, you need to have Mac OS X.6.6 or later. By contrast, the Standard version can run on OS X 5.8 and later. I have already downloaded and installed the Elements 10 Editor. If you haven't, this button will redownload, and you can click it to download the program, which will automatically install on your Mac.
If you do purchase the Editor-only version from the Mac App Store, you can redownload it and install it on any other Mac that you own on which you use the same App Store account. Here, you can see the Editor-only version open on my Mac. It looks just like the Editor in the Standard version of Elements, and it has all the same photo-editing features that are available in the Standard version of Elements for Mac in the Editor. For example, here I'm in the Full Edit workspace, just like in the Standard version, and I can switch to the Quick Photo Edit workspace here or the Guided Photo Edit workspace or back to the Full Edit workspace.
And I have all the same panels and the same tools that I would have in the Editor in the Standard version of Elements 10. The big difference between the Editor-only version for Mac and the Standard version for Mac is that this Editor-only version has no Organizer, and therefore, there's no place to perform photo-management tasks, like keyword tagging, organizing photos into albums, and star-rating that you will see in this course. If you do decide to go with this Editor-only version, you might use Apple's iPhoto to organize your photos, or you could organize your photos the old- fashioned way, by putting them into folders perhaps labeled by date and subject matter.
There are a couple of other differences in the Editor-only version that are related to the lack of an Organizer. For example, the Editor-only version has no welcome screen, nor does it have photo sharing options that are run from the Organizer in the Standard version. So if I go over to the column on the right and I click on Share, the only option I have is to burn CDs and DVDs, whereas in the Standard version, I would have photo-sharing options like sharing photos by email, sharing in online albums, sharing to Facebook and other social media sites, and ordering commercially printed photos.
This Editor-only version also has no Adobe Photo Downloader to help you get photos off of your camera and into your computer. So if you choose the Editor-only version, you will have to use some other method of getting photos out of your camera, like dragging photos off your memory card into your operating system, or maybe using iPhoto's downloading features. Another difference between the Standard and the Editor-only version is the way that you will open files. In the Standard version, I recommend that you start in the Organizer, use its search features and its visual features to find your photos, and then open your photos from the Organizer into the Editor.
But here in the Editor-only version, the way to open files is to go up to the File menu at the top of the screen, choose Open, and then navigate to the place on your computer where you keep your photos, and then select them. I will click on this photo to select it. I will hold the Command key and I will click on another photo. And once those photos are selected, I will click Open, and that will open both, which you can see down here in a project bin, with one of the photos selected, and ready for editing. If I wanted to edit this, I would go over to the column on the right, click on the Edit tab, and then click on which of the photo-editing workspaces I wanted to work in.
A word about using this Editor-only version on a Mac to follow along with this course: if you are using the Editor-only version, you may want to skip all the chapters and movies that have Organizer in their titles, because they're just not relevant to your version of the program. But all the chapters on editing and making photo creations remain relevant to you. If you're using the Standard version on a Mac, everything you see me do in Windows in this course is relevant for you, with the exception of the few movies marked Windows Only. So Mac users, you have a choice to make.
If you want a program to help you organize your growing collection of digital photos or you depend on those extra sharing features like sharing by email directly from Elements, go ahead and get the Standard version. But if the main thing you want to do in Elements is edit your photos, you'll be fine with the Editor-only version that you can download from The Mac App Store.
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