Adobe Systems Premiere Elements 7
Adobe Premiere Elements 7 is the update to Adobe's Premiere Elements 4 consumer movie-making tool. Obviously.
- Web integration
- Not a particularly compelling upgrade, interface issues
The upgrades to Adobe Premiere Elements 7 didn't strike us as very compelling. We like the addition of downloadable walkthroughs and templates, the Smart Tags, and the ability to sync files without thinking about it. But the interface needs some housecleaning, Elements' integration with Photoshop.com is pretty thin, and its integration with third-party services even thinner. More Webbiness is fine, but what we really want is more YouTubiness.
Price$ 129.00 (AUD)
Who needs a big hard drive when everyone's videos will eventually live online? Neat new Web services, such as the ones offered by Adobe and linked to from its new Adobe Premiere Elements 7 video editor, may incline folks to load everything they have on to the web. But Adobe will have to offer more space for less money — and greatly improve the editor's integration with online services — to attract heavy video users.
You don't have to buy the Adobe Premiere Elements desktop application to get a free Photoshop.com account, which includes 2GB of capacity and a personal URL such as yourname.photoshop.com. (The site isn't identified as "Premiere.com," because it also works with Adobe's Photoshop Elements image editor.)
The 2GB of storage can accommodate a large number of still photos, but it equals less than half an hour of mini-DV video, for example. You can buy upgrade to 20GB; and additional storage packs are available in sizes up to 500GB, though Adobe hasn't finalised their pricing.
Unlike IDrive.com, however, Photoshop.com offers more than just a place to park data. You can set up Adobe Premiere Elements 7 to back up files automatically; you can set preference parameters (for example, you can instruct the site not to back up any file larger than X MB); and once files are uploaded, you can access them from any computer that has an internet connection, of course. But you can view only pictures online — to watch videos, you must download the entire clip to your desktop and use the PC's video playback software. The interface at Photoshop.com is attractive and operates slickly; and it has conduits to Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, and Picasa, so you can view images hosted on those services in the same Photoshop.com window (it's pretty slow when accessing outside images, though).
We found that specifying files for backup within Adobe Premiere Elements 7 itself required more steps than we'd like; you have to open a "Tagging" dialog box and drag a tag on to the files. It would have been more convenient if the program had allowed me to right-clicking on files in the organiser and then choose an 'upload' option.
And that's just one of the frustrations we had with Elements' interface. Many commands are arranged in a seemingly haphazard way. For example, you can use a system-tray icon to set backup options such as instructing the application to upload only while idle; but to see which files have been backed up or have a backup pending, you click on a tiny icon in the lower left corner of the application window - and this action prompts them to appear in the Organise window in the upper right corner of the application. To set additional backup options, you must pull up the Preferences dialog box from beneath the Edit menu.
Another drawback: Adobe Premiere Elements 7 has no link in the main application window to take you to your uploaded files (unless you count the splash screen when it starts up; but if you want to get back to that, you have to close your project). The program's text and icons were very small on the high-resolution, 17in laptop monitor we were using, and you can't adjust their size. Last year in our review of Elements 4 (the immediate predecessor of Adobe Premiere Elements 7, oddly enough), we complained about too-small text size; the problem seems worse in Elements 7, probably because the latest program requires you to do more hunting for important commands.
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Apple iPhone X
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Toys for Boys
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Xbox One X
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Microsoft delves deeper into AI with new kit bag of tools
- Samsung unifies smart-home products with Bixby 2.0
- Optimizely expands its enterprise-focused offerings
- Dropbox go pro with Dropbox Profesional
- Intel launches AI-driven anti-money laundering solution
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- Hands On: Our first impressions of Sony's a7R III
- Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCPega Resources Required - Developers & ArchitectsACT
- CCDBA / Database Services SME - Large Telco - Sydney CBDNSW
- FT.NET DeveloperWA
- FTTechnical Digital ProducerOther
- TPIT Business AnalystNSW
- FTAPI Integration Technical Lead -$1150 per dayOther
- CCLoad Balancer SpecialistWA
- TPIntegration Developer. Cloud SolutionsNSW
- FTPEGA ArchitectOther
- TPProject Manager - MortgagesNSW
- FTSalesforce DeveloperNSW
- CCJunior to Mid Level - Java/ J2EE DeveloperACT
- FTAgile CoachOther
- CC.net developerNSW
- CCInfrastructure ArchitectNSW
- FTSAP Payroll SpecialistOther
- FTScrum Master | 6mths +Other
- TPSenior Change ManagerACT
- FTService Desk EngineerOther
- FTSenior Software Engineer - C++QLD
- CCSAP Subject Matter ExpertQLD
- FTSolution Architect/Designer - Telecom IndustryOther
- CCDeployment ManagerACT
- FTFront End Developer - Ractive.JS (Urgent)Other
- FTSolutions Architect - Digital/WealthOther