Adobe is to release a cut down version of Photoshop to take advantage of the boom in digital cameras.
Photoshop Elements 2.0 is scheduled to ship in the third quarter of 2002, and will cost $99 (£63).
Elements 2.0 will not have professional tools such as web publishing applications, but contains streamlined versions of the Photoshop features likely to be most useful to hobbyist photographers.
"We're taking the core of the Photoshop engine and redesigning some of the features to make them easier to use and make the core functions more accessible," said an Adobe spokesman
The software includes an enhanced file browser that makes it easier to find and rename images; a QuickFix tool for colour correction and other basic image enhancements; and a feature that automatically sizes and reformats images for emails.
"We've focused on those features that are the digital camera pain points and made it easy for the user to get results," said the spokesman.
"The faster you can get the user to do something successfully, the better they feel about the product."
But some analysts have suggested that the product is too advanced for home users and not advanced enough for professionals.
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