Adobe Launches Digital School Collection

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Adobe has launched a brand new version of its Digital School Collection, incorporating two new digital media tools released Sept. 24: Premiere Elements 4 and Photoshop Elements 6, along with Acrobat 8 Professional and Contribute CS3.

The Digital School Collection is designed as an all in one digital media toolkit for educators, incorporating video editing, photo retouching, PDF manipulation, and Web content creation tools. It now includes the latest releases of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, both of which launched today for Windows. (A Mac version of Photoshop Elements 6 is expected in early 2008; no plans for a Mac version of Premiere Elements have been announced.)

The new version of Premiere Elements (4.0) is the latest release of Adobe's entry-level video editing tool. It includes a new Organizer for sorting video clips and images; movie themes for quickly adding transitions to a series of scenes; and Audio Mixer feature for manipulating audio; and a Sharing Center, which acts as a centralized hub for exporting and uploading finished projects to a variety of media and outlets.

Photoshop Elements 6, the brand new version of Adobe's entry-level image manipulation tool, adds a feature carried over from Photoshop CS3, Photomerge, which allows elements from multiple images to be combined. It also adds a Quick Selection tool from Photoshop CS3, three editing modes to help improve the experiences of users based on their skill levels, a new tabbed interface, a new black and white conversion tool, and a streamlined Organizer.

The Digital School Collection is available now for Windows through volume licensing, starting at $149.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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