I have a mac. I have photoshop elements 6 which was recommended to me by a professional photographer who works in the same area I want to go into (travel) and also a friend who builds websites.
For some reason I still like using iphoto Is that what you are referring to when you talk about the software in leopard) to view and organise my images but its creating organisation issues using the two programs. I have yet to work this out properly. Perhaps when i am better at using elements, I won't need iphoto. Unfortunatley, iphoto isn't enough on its own - as you would know.
Also in bridge (elements 6) I had a problem in that my black and whites didn't download. I should ask about this. I can't see any reason why they shouldn't download.
I can't understand your second sentence. Of course you need to download the pics to see them properly.