Photoshop Elements does not meet the requirements of the large group of amateur photographers who have graduated from point and shoots and only use RAW files. PSE is more for JPG users.
How'd you work that one out? I only shoot RAW and happily use Elements
It's great that Elements works for you. My point is that Adobe clearly aims at the family photographer producing JPGs. The almost complete lack of 16 bit support (why bother when JPGs are 8 bit), ACR with many features disabled, restrictions on curves and adjustment layers, etc, etc, and the whole template scheme for thngs such as greeting cards and albums support the conclusion about its intended market. Once again, it's great that it works for you and maybe you're better off than the rest of us who have become used to making extensive use of these features.
In response to other postings regarding Scott Kelby's Q&A - Scott says that at some point in the future if you don't like an increase in price you can simply stop paying. This is utter nonsense since you then lose access to your data!
Now imagine if you are renting Lightroom and then stop paying. Now you are completely locked out of all adjustments that you have made while paying over perhaps years. Scary stuff.
Please don't think I'm in agreement with Adobe on this I'm not I really hope they get burnt.
Your right I don’t (think) I have the need to work in 16bit. I enjoy prints, maybe I'm missing a trick and should be working 16bit?
LR4 isn’t CC and used by many pros I assume that does allow you to work in 16bit?
As for the advanced manipulation tools, for photographers? maybe some of those amateur photographers who have graduated from point and shoots should go back and hone their photopgaphic skills rather than their PS skills or maybe that's me just being a synical old git, anyway that’s another debate not for this thread!