Does anybody enjoy PSE 18?!

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Hello All,

 

I purchased a DVD of Photoshop Elements 2018.  The trial edition of PSE 18 is still on my PC.  As is PSE15.  I am wondering what happens to my old catalogs during this new install.

 

When I am downloading the new PSE 2018 will there be a part during the installation process that states something like, "Do you have any old catalogs that you want to import?"

 

I have read on this forum about using a tool that Adobe has to UNINSTALL my previous versions of PSE.  Is that tool available to me (a non-cloud user)?

 

What are some of the common mistakes that get made during this type of procedure?  I want to proactively ask now.

 

Here is what I assume would be an adequate install:

 

1.  Update and optimize any catalogs that I want to keep (one's that I want for my new PSE 18).

 

2.  Uninstall all previous versions of PSE using the Adobe tool mentioned above .

 

3.  Install my new PSE 2018 via the disk that I bought.

 

4.  During the install it will ask me if I have any catalogs that I want to import into the new PSE 18.  (I'm guessing here)

 

5.  I tell it yes.

 

6.  I navigate to that spot and do the importing of previous catalogs that I want to keep.

                                             

7.  Let the install finish and then all is well.  (I hope!)

 

Thank you,

 

Dean

 

 

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When I am downloading the new PSE 2018 will there be a part during the installation process that states something like, "Do you have any old catalogs that you want to import?"
Not exactly. Remember you may have (like me...) many catalogs from any versions and even test or temporary catalogs. I have perhaps 20 of them because I keep catalogs from previous versions for support purposes. I also have temporary catalogs, test catalogs on 'default location' on my User library or in 'custom location' on external drives. For my own needs, I take care to use only the latest single catalog of the last version. The message you are quoting is only about the current catalog which opens when you open the organizer.
I have read on this forum about using a tool that Adobe has to UNINSTALL my previous versions of PSE.  Is that tool available to me (a non-cloud user)?
No, it's only in rare cases where you have conflicts with updating software that you have to use CCleaner tool, which works with Elements like with Photoshop CC. I would recommend keeping older versions and old catalogs until you are sure you no longer need them.

Here is what I assume would be an adequate install:

1.  Update and optimize any catalogs that I want to keep (one's that I want for my new PSE 18).

 2.  Uninstall all previous versions of PSE using the Adobe tool mentioned above .

 3.  Install my new PSE 2018 via the disk that I bought.

 4.  During the install it will ask me if I have any catalogs that I want to import into the new PSE 18.  (I'm guessing here)

 5.  I tell it yes.

 6.  I navigate to that spot and do the importing of previous catalogs that I want to keep.

 

Depending on each user,  the need to keep many catalogs for different versions on different media is so different that the program can't think for you. Even if you have good reasons to keep catalogs like me, only the current one is meaningful for everybody. It's up to you to know where your catalog folders are kept, especially when in 'custom' location on external drives.

So, what you have to do when installing PSE2108: 

1. Don't uninstall previous versions, you'll do it later when you no longer need them and you are happy with 2018.

2. Be sure that your current catalog is the meaningful one (not any old or exotic custom location one)

3. Accept the conversion. That means your old catalog is read and a new catalog is created with the same name in the new version format. The old catalog is just renamed with a -1 suffix and works seamlessly with your old PSE version.

4. If you miss the conversion option, you can do it later whenever you want, even several times if necessary. If you need to convert other catalogs, no hurry. The catalog managers has the button 'convert' to help you find other catalogs, even already converted ones.

You are the boss. You have to decide what you have to do. Imagine an organizer which would search all my catalogs (without finding the ones on external drives), that would search for missing files, repair and optimize everything... I could wait for a whole week for a useless job. 

Consider using only a single catalog, unless they have totally different contents  (pro or personal for instance). Only keep older catalogs if you think they will be useful for safety reasons. For instance if you have a second computer which is 32 bits, it makes sense to keep the corresponding PSE version and its catalog on your new computer as a kind of backup.                                  


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Hello!

I put some of your comments in yellow highlights.  I did the same with same of my new comments/questions except I made the color green (well  . . at least that was the plan as I typed and formatted things on Word.   Darn.  It didn't work.  I think it will still be easy to follow along.

When I am downloading the new PSE 2018 will there be a part during the installation process that states something like, "Do you have any old catalogs that you want to import?"

Not exactly. Remember you may have (like me...) many catalogs from any versions and even test or temporary catalogs. I have perhaps 20 of them because I keep catalogs from previous versions for support purposes. I also have temporary catalogs, test catalogs on 'default location' on my User library or in 'custom location' on external drives. For my own needs, I take care to use only the latest single catalog of the last version. The message you are quoting is only about the current catalog which opens when you open the organizer.

^^^^^^^^^ That was my plan.  Focus in on the current catalog ONLY.  So, everything here should go OK for me – correct?

^^^^^^^^^^^I like your directive to keep my old versions and catalogs until I am sure, that I don’t need them any more.  I need to be patient on this download/transition.  No need to get into a rush.  Just like my current situation.  I have both PSE15 and PSE18 (the trial version) and they do not contradict with each other.  Also, I like that you state that I do not need that ‘special tool’ on Adobe’s website.  I have a buggy connection due to my ISP, so that less that I can do this install online, the better chance of it working smoothly for me.

Here is what I assume would be an adequate install:

1.  Update and optimize any catalogs that I want to keep ^^^^^^^^^^ (one's that I want for my new PSE 18).

 2.  Uninstall all previous versions of PSE using the Adobe tool mentioned above .  ^^^^^^^^^^ And as you told me before . . . no need to hurry and get the other versions off of my PC . . . and most likely no need to use that Adobe cleaner tool. ^^^^^^^^^^

 3.  Install my new PSE 2018 via the disk that I bought.  ^^^^^^^^^ I want to do it via the DISK as opposed to online because of the buggy ISP that I mentioned previously. ^^^^^^^^^^^^

 4.  During the install it will ask me if I have any catalogs that I want to import into the new PSE 18.  (I'm guessing here)  ********** And, as you told me – it will do this with the one and most current catalog that I have.  That works great for me.  I don’t have very many catalogs.  For me, it is keeping it easy and doing my most of my searching via tags, folders and the timeline. . . . )  ^^^^^^^^^^^

 5.  I tell it yes.

 6. **********  I'll navigate to that spot and do the import of my most current and up

to-date and optimized catalog of the trial version of PSE18. ^^^^^^^^

Depending on each user,  the need to keep many catalogs for different versions on different media is so different that the program can't think for you. Even if you have good reasons to keep catalogs like me, only the current one is meaningful for everybody. ^^^^^^^^^^ (Good.  That sounds like one of those KISS things that I need.^^^^^^^^^^) 

It's up to you to know where your catalog folders are kept, especially when in 'custom' location on external drives. 

^^^^^^^^^^ All of my pics and catalogs are keep on an external hard-drive.  If I optimize and update it one last time before trying the new install, would it be a good idea to give that just finished catalog a ‘special name’?  So I will be able to quickly navigate to it when I need to or is it be better to stick with its current name and be sure that I write down its name and its location for when it will be needed with the new install? ^^^^^^^^^^

********** (Thank you so much for taking the time to number the steps for me . . . . I really appreciate that a lot.  It is what works best with my style of learning.) ^^^^^^^^^^

1. Don't uninstall previous versions, you'll do it later when you no longer need them and you are happy with 2018.  ^^^^^^^^^^ (Excellent point.  Thank you.  No rush.  Heck, I probably do not even know the name or location of my 2015 catalog.  It should be on my external hard drive somewhere, would it have a default name?  If so, what could it be?  I’d like to know where it is, for further reference.  I guess just start searching for those json files.  They will lead me to the catalogs . . . wont they?) ^^^^^^^^^^

2. Be sure that your current catalog is the meaningful one (not any old or exotic custom location one) – ^^^^^^^^^^ (I will make sure it has been recently updated and optimized and then I write down its location and name.) ^^^^^^^^^^

3. Accept the conversion. That means your old catalog is read and a new catalog is created with the same name in the new version format. The old catalog is just renamed with a -1 suffix and works seamlessly with your old PSE version.  ********** (OK.  Let me try to say this is my words.  The most current catalog that I have . . . the catalog in the trial version of PSE2018, make sure it is current, updated and optimized.  Write down the name of it and its pathway.  At some  time during the install – I will be asked something of the effect of, “Do you want to ‘accept the conversation’ – and I gladly say, “YES!”  Is this correct?  Something like that?" **********

4. If you miss the conversion option ********** (What might cause me to miss the ‘conversion option’ – just not paying attention?) ^^^^^^^^^^, you can do it later whenever you want, even several times if necessary. If you need to convert other catalogs, no hurry. The catalog managers has the button 'convert' to help you find other catalogs, even already converted ones.  ********** (This sounds very good.  I will have to read up a bit on this.  I have never done this type of work before.) ^^^^^^^^^^

********** (I see and agree with your point that ‘I am the boss’ during this installation.  I just don’t want to be a clueless boss!  I think your steps are helping to greatly reduce that possibility.  Thank you!) **********

Consider using only a single catalog, unless they have totally different contents  (pro or personal for instance) ^^^^^^^^^^ (Thankfully a single catalog has been how I have been operationing).********** Only keep older catalogs if you think they will be useful for safety reasons. For instance if you have a second computer which is 32 bits, it makes sense to keep the corresponding PSE version and its catalog on your new computer as a kind of backup.    ^^^^^^^^^^ (Excellent point - understood.  Thank you!)  ^^^^^^^^^^^   

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ( My biggest concern now, is the DVD installation.  That the activation code is indeed accepted.  After all, it was an eBay purchase.  BUT . . . the seller had a 100% feedback ratio.  So . . . that makes me ‘sleep a little bit easier about this whole activation process.  Thanks again!  Much appreciated!************ )   

&&&&&&&&&&&& I'm so looking forward to giving this a go! *********


THANKS AGAIN!!!!  Much APPRECIATED!!!!!