Photoshop Elements 9.0.3

If you use Photoshop Elements 9, you’ve probably gotten a nag from the Adobe Updater to install the new 9.0.3 update. However, you may want to think twice about whether or not you want to do this. The update does include some bug fixes and supposedly some improvements for using graphics tablets with PSE, but it also brings one feature that you may not want.

If you’ve been using floating windows for your images, once you apply this update all images will now open in tabs and you’ll have to rip them loose to have them floating again. Every time. Always.

Adobe says:

“In PSE 9, by default behavior if the preference ‘Allow floating Documents in Full Edit Mode’ was checked then the files use to open as floating windows.

In PSE 9.0.3 update, we have changed the behavior that in such a settings the files will open in tabbed view but you can still grab the tab through mouse and pull it out and thus will be able to make it floating window. This was done based on some user feedback.”

So you’re warned. I myself totally don’t believe in the existence of this supposed user, and even if there were such a person (and there can’t possibly be more than one who would want this), it’s just plain silly to change program behavior that isn’t a bug with an update like this.

If you have applied the update and you want to get rid of it, you’ll need to uninstall Elements 9 (this won’t affect your catalog or your photos if you use Organizer) via Control Panel (Windows) or with the uninstaller in Applications>Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.

Then reinstall, but don’t run the update from the Adobe Updater. Instead, go here for Windows:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4913

and here for Mac:

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4918

and install the earlier update for your operating system, then ignore the updater when it wants to bring you to 9.0.3.

EDIT 4-20-11: Adobe has set up a web page where you can weigh in with your thoughts on this change, whether you like it or hate it. Tell them here.

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