There is a review on V4 in the Dec 05 issue of Digital Photo Magazine. From what I can see there are no major advantages to V4 over V3
. V4 does include a RAW converter but I'm not sure if V3
had this. I still use V2
and am quite happy with it. From the DP
article I would quote the following
"... in V4 image files must be opened in the Organiser's library before they can be properly browsed. This means you can't browse a CD
or a hard drive hull of pics until you've imported the files into the system."
"Also new to V4 is a creation Setup to output your work as greetings cards, web galleries or photo albums"
Main features added to the editing side :
"The Magic Selection Brush and Magic Extractor are billed as quick ways of making selections and cut outs. If you're not worried about being too precise and you have a contrasty background then they work fine"
"Elements 4 features a Defringe tool" (Used to reduce harsh edges on cut outs)
"The skin tone adjustment tool makes a universal colour change to the image"
"The red-eye removal tool can now be activated when images are downloaded direct from the camera"
"the straighten tool levels horizons quickly by rotating the image automatically "
It seems to me that the latter feature is the only thing of much use in terms of editing aircraft photographs. The final verdict of the article states :
"Elements 4 is more of an evolution than a revolution when compared to version 3 and it's not really worth upgrading if you already have Elements 3 unless you need RAW support for the latest cameras"
Hope this is of some help. I'll keep plodding along with V2
- with my level of editing skill it is as much complication as I can handle !
All the best,
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.