Adobe Systems, best known for its high end photo and video editing software, this week announced the latest version of its consumer photo- and video-editing software for Windows.

New features in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 include an enhanced organizer that works with both applications, new and improved enhancement features such as the Smart tagging feature, improved face recognition technology and more automated tools.

To keep track of both video and photos, version 8 introduces an enhanced Organizer so users can view and tag all of their files from one application. The new Auto-Analyzer function inside organize will automatically check your photos and tag the highest-quality photos and video footage. Another neat function is People Recognition which uses face-recognition technology to help identify people in photos making the tagging process much easier. 

Once you're organized a new features in Photoshop such as the Quick Fix too, and new features in Elements such as the Smart Fix tool allows casual users to make quick and effective photo and video edits.

Although designed for consumers, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 still offers many professional level features and, under the covers, use the same algorithms as Adobe’s professional-level Photoshop software. 

Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8 software will be available soon in retail stores for $100 each or $150 in a bundle. 

The company also announced this week that it will be releasing Photoshop Elements 8 for the Mac in October for $100.