July 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM ET
Adobe's Photoshop Elements 9 Editor is now available through Apple's Mac App Store for $79.99. Not only does that mean you'll pay less than retail price for the photo-editing app, but it also gives us hope that greater things could be coming to the Mac App Store soon.
As 9to5 Mac points out, Elements 9 is the first Adobe app to become available in the Mac App Store and this is significant because it suggests that the digital media software maker might consider expanding its offerings there.
Of course, this particular app could merely be an experiment on Adobe's part, too. After all, the company makes a significant profit from the sales of traditionally boxed software — and doesn't have to give Apple a cut when it takes that route. (Apple gets about 30% from software sales made through the Mac App Store.)
Either way, we're pretty excited to see a major software maker such as Adobe dip its toes into the Mac App Store at least a little bit.
If you purchase Photoshop Element 9 via the Mac App Store, you will get all the features — such as the content aware-fill, Group Shot, Panorama, and Style Match Photomerge tools — found in the plain ol' boxed version you can get from a retail store. But as Macworld noticed, you will not get the extra application normally bundled with the software:
[T]he Mac App Store version of the application costs $80 and includes all the same editing tools as the full [boxed] version. However, unlike the full $100 version, it does not come bundled with the Adobe Elements Organizer application. This version is available only in English, and cannot be purchased anywhere outside of Apple's Mac App Store.