Adobe, Corel provide scaled-down software for schools

Programs like Photoshop were just too complex for students and teachers. School-focused repackaging aimed at making it easier.

Adobe and Corel, two of the leading digital arts software developers, have released scaled-down versions of their graphics programs for educators. Previously too complex to integrate into most classroom curricula, Adobe and Corel have developed a wealth of free educational resources, from interactive training videos to curriculum-based learning exercises, reports eSchool News.

Adobe and Corel realized there was a need to provide graphic software to schools but that teachers and students couldn't climb the usual learning curve for software like Photoshop and CorelDraw. According to Megan Stewart, director of K-12 education at Adobe, product developers spent a lot of time thinking of ways to integrate aspects of advanced multimedia design and collaboration into classrooms.

These new products will make it easier for teachers and students to produce professional-grade multimedia documents—including interactive presentations, school-based publications, and other materials.

The new product line includes The Adobe Digital School Collection, which combines resources from four Adobe products—Photoshop Elements 5.0, Premiere Elements 3.0, Contribute 4, and Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional software.

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