Photoshop Elements: Drag and drop between PSE and other applications doesn't allow linking

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Users of photo album software JAlbum reports that PSE 9 Organizer does not allow linking during drag and drop. Copy is the only allowed operation. As the lead JAlbum developer I've identified this as being a bug in PSE 9 Organizer. It should allow both Copy and Link operations just like the file system does as it makes file system files available during a drag and drop operation.

Please see http://jalbum.net/forum/thread.jspa?m... for the original bug report.
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Posted 7 years ago

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Brett N, Official Rep

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I wouldn't call this a bug, as we don't offer an operation to drag and drop links. All drag and drop operations from the Organizer have always been to copy.

Instead, this would be a feature request. I can see from the forum link you post here that this behavior was introduced when you made a change in your application with an update (8.1.3 works, 9.4.1 and later do not).

I'm not even really familiar with the behavior you describe. How would you perform the same behavior with Windows Explorer? Does Adobe Bridge behave any differently? When you say "link" do you mean shortcut?
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"I've just upgraded to jAlbum 9.4.1 from 8.1.3, and I can no longer get jAlbum to link to photos in a Photoshop Elements 7 album."

So Photoshop Elements remained the same, and jAlbum version changed, and the behavior changed. Yeah, that would normally indicate that the change was in jAlbum, not Elements. Do you have additional debugging information that would show otherwise?
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If you read the jAlbum forum post more carefully you'd also understand that since jAlbum 9, jAlbum now respects the operations made available by the source of a drag and drop instead of being hard coded to make links (shortcuts). So it's not a bug that has been introduced in jAlbum 9, rather that jAlbum 9 has revealed a lack of drag and drop actions in the source applications. "Link" is a synonym for shortcut.

The qualifier keys needed to perform a link/shortcut drag and drop operation varies a bit between operating systems. On my Win XP, I can alt-drag an icon to produce a shortcut. The same could be supported between Photoshop Elements Organizer and jAlbum too.
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So this is really a feature request, not a bug report?
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David Ekholm

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It depends on how you see it. The way I see it, an application serving files over drag and drop should always allow both copy and linking (shortcuts). It's another story if you would serve RAM based images, then "copy" would be the only relevant action
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You can't always link, because what you are dragging is not necessarily the same as the image file on disk (open, edit, copy: file on disk is irrelevant). In Photoshop, unless you copy or drag immediately after an open or save, linking would be impossible.
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i'm simply referring to when dragging and dropping thumbnail images from Photoshop Elements Organizer onto jAlbum. In such cases I assume that each thumbnail image is backed by a file.
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OK, at least the organizer and Bridge should allow that.