Well to cut a long story short I've decided to get Elements 10 and forgo the pleasures of CS5. I don't really want to spend a great deal of time in extensively manipulating images (or for that matter the cost of the software) so feel Elements is aimed at just about the right level for me. Another factor was that currently it's selling for only £35 on Amazon which is a bit of a bargain, so it was ordered and is winging its way to me as I type. I'm looking forward to replacing my rather rudimentary copy of Elements 3 shortly and giving version 10 a real try out! The Adobe 30 day trial was useful, but didn't really give you enough time to try everything, but given the current price I'm more than happy to buy and try.
THe Photoshop evening classes are still going ahead and proving to be both educational and a bit frustrating. Now I've only ever dabbled a bit with photographic post production software - a very early version of Photoshop and a copy of Elements 3 which can bundled with my machine a few years ago. So when the course started I downloaded the 30 trial of Elements (9 as it was then) and was pleasently suprised by how far its moved on since version 3 - as perhaps one would expect. Then when the 30 day trial came to an end, I started up a 30 day trial of Photoshop CS5, which has now also come to an end, so they've all been uninstalled and my old version of Elements 3 re-loaded. Well, that isn't going to last long, it just doesn't cut it compared to CS5 or the newer Elements - however as an amature I don't feel I can really justify the full blown CS5 (even with a students discount) so it looks like it will be Elements 10. Mind you I suppose I owe it to myself to get a 30 day trial of Lightroom as well ;-)
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.