Empty Albums after Photoshop 15 Upgrade

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I am currently using Photoshop Elements 12.  I installed Photoshop Elements 15 for a 30 day trial.  On first opening 15 I was asked if I wanted to convert my catalogue.  I said "No" as I was worried if it was converted Photoshop 12 would no longer work (probably a mistake on my part).  So now I have Photoshop 15 with no Albums.
I tried uninstalling and re-installing 15 but was not prompted to convert the catalogue during the second install.
In Photoshop 12 I selected "Save Albums to File..." and in 15 I clicked "Import Albums from File..." which gave me my list of Albums in Photoshop 15.  However, none of the Albums are populated.  Does anyone know how to populate the Albums with the same universe of photos I have in Photoshop 12?
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Richard Harvey

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Andre Noun

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Hello Richard, since it's a 30 day trial, maybe you should only import the pictures that you need, try you product and not populate it with your full albums. Then if you decide to buy Photoshop Elements 15 your problem might be solved.
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Richard,
You have been too suspicious...
You should have agreed to the catalog conversion. That does not overwrite the earlier catalog, only create a new one with the same data in another format. After the process, your old catalog is available as before, only with a -1 suffix, but that works with PSE12.

The message 'save albums to files' is misleading. That only save the album hierarchy (the container, not the contents). There is an obvious reason from the developpers point of view: they know that albums are only lists of files included in the catalog database and pointing to the identification of the files in that database, which in turn tells the location of the file on your drive. From the user point of view, albums are just like audio playlists only stored in the catalogs.

So, you only have to use the menu File >> Manage catalogs in PSE15 and use the 'convert' button to perform the task manually.
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I suspected I may have been (too suspicious) but better suspicious than sorry.

I've now followed your advice, unfortunately the Albums still aren't populated.  Also all the Groups (for People) I had in Photoshop 12 have been lost.

Thanks, Richard
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That probably means you are not looking at the converted catalog.
If the conversion process did run successfully, you still have your previous catalog without albums and a new one with them and everything.
Look at the location of catalog folders (menu Help >> System Information).
You should see all catalogs under a same master 'catalogs' folder.
Look into those catalog folders for a file named 'catalog.pse15db'.
You should have two of them, one being the newly converted catalog (check dates).
You can open the organizer with that catalog by double clicking on the 'catalog.pse15db' file.
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Thanks for taking the time to explain it to me! After following your advice everything now seems to be working as it should.
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