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Earlier this week, Adobe announced updates to their popular consumer-level media-editing applications: Photoshop Elements 7 and Premiere Elements 7.

A hot new feature common to both applications is a subscription to, an online media-sharing service hosted by Adobe. (Keep in mind that one of Adobe's mantras nowadays is: "software as a service.") This gives customers 5 GB of storage on Adobe's servers, photo- or movie-sharing via online albums, and online storage of the customer's movies or photos. For an extra fee, customers can subscribe to Plus, which gives them 20 GB of online storage and "moviemaking ideas, tutorials, movie themes, and special effects" delivered directly to their software. They also get interactive Online Album templates delivered directly into the app.

Each program is available alone for $99 ($79 for an upgrade from the previous version). With Plus, the price is $139 ($119 for the upgrade).
Customers can buy them in a bundle for $149 ($119 for the upgrade). The bundle with Plus will set you back $179. Annual Plus subscriptions are $49.95.

Both programs are Windows-only, for the moment.

In a follow-up post I'll tell you about Peachpit's plans for new books on these exciting products.