It would be great to have the divisi condensed mode in the Elements Version in a restricted manner, so you can write for string or brass or woodwinds ensemble using divisis. The bigger difference lies in the limitation of players, so you can write for 1 ensemble max. In that way, i could have a conductors score (like the John Williams / Hal Leonard Sheets).
Pro has as much to do with feature set as limitation in the number of players. I need pro for engraving mode, but I never have more than 5 instruments. It sounds like you need pro for division functions. The dev team has to draw the line somewhere, and unfortunately that puts people on the pro side of the equation, even if they’d rather not be.