A very long time ago – 2015 – at the very busy Moscone Center in San Francisco during Microsoft’s BUILD conference for developers, John Sheehan gave an incredible presentation about Project Centennial. Today, we know what Project Centennial turned into – it released as Desktop Bridge, and has served quite a handful of big-name developers so far.
In his presentation, Sheehan showed us Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 running as an AppX package – something that could be downloaded from the Windows Store. Today, after more than two years, Adobe Photoshop Elements 15, has officially landed on the Windows Store.
While a lot of developers have brought their Win32 applications to Windows Store via the Desktop Bridge; Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 is one of the most advanced software built for Windows – it’s in its own league.
As far as the differences go between this version and the regular Win32 version – there are none, except a few (good) ones.
The regular Win32 Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 license allows for up to two device activations at one time – you can have it on your personal computer, and your laptop, but if you own a third computer, you will have to deactivate it on one of your other devices.
The Windows Store version, however, is letting the Store handle its licensing – therefore, it can be installed on up to 10 devices at the same time.
That’s the only difference there is; of course, under the hood, everything changes – the whole file structure is managed by the UWP system and is tidily packed within its install folder. You can watch the full talk by John Sheehan from BUILD 2015 if you like – it’s really worth a look, as it shows the benefits of the AppX package in great detail.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 is available via the Windows Store for $99 – but since it’s the Black Friday week, it’s discounted by $40, bringing its price down to $60.
Totally worth the price, if you know or are willing to learn the quirks of Photoshop.