Photoshop Elements: Organizer Easy Transfer: Ability to transfer the organizer to another computer without having to backup and restore all the photos

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A feature I would like to see in Elements is the ability to transfer the organizer to another computer without having to backup and restore all the photos. I have over 9,000 photos on a home network that are backed up outside of Elements, so there is no need to physically backup the library. I just need to be able to transfer the metadata that makes up the organizer. This occurs when I upgrade a computer and reinstall Elements.

This could also be useful to sync the organizer between computers in real time, such as in a small office that runs a couple of copies of Elements and the photos are on a network. As one person adds tags and creates version sets, it would be great for others to have their organizers update accordingly.
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This can be accomplished with Photoshop.com. You can synchronize from one computer, to PS.com, and then back down again on another computer.
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How?
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Karen,

You can set your catalog for backup/synchronization with ps.com. Please go through the relevant things at http://help.adobe.com/en_US/ElementsO...

Hope this helps you to understand the concept.
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Do you realize how much space is required to do a substantial number of photos - I have 10,000+. This does not sound practical from my standpoint. I store in PSD format.
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I'm afraid I'm not sure what sort of solution you are looking for then. You can also email your images, but that would be far less practical than backup/restore or online synchronization.

What sort of solution were you looking for? You can backup to a hard drive and restore to another computer. You can copy/move files across a network. What did you have in mind?
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Adobe: I think you are missing Eric's point. He wants a transparent way to transfer or synchronize the Catalog. It is impractical to use your backup/synchronization with ps.com for even a minor database of photos. Be great if you could come up with something realistic.

Eric: another way is to save the metadata to the photo file, then it is easy to rebuild a catalog on another computer & the metadata is encapsulated with the photos. Messy, but doable. The command is under File, "Write Keyword Tag & Property info to Photo". Then you don't have to worry that the file structure is identical.
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Again, looking for suggestions here. Define "transparent way to transfer". How are you transfering the data physically from one computer to another? Hard drive? Flash drive? Burning a disk? Network? Over the internet? These are all methods currently supported by Photoshop Elements. I can't really think of any other methods of transferring files.
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I have my photo's resident on 2 computers & a independent drive, all on a Home Network. All have a little different file structures, so the only way I've found is to build & add to the catalogs (& tag files) from the photos (poor advance planning on my part - but at the time, I didn't know the shortcomings of that approach).

I save the metadata to the photo's so that I can build & rebuild my catalogs wherever I have the photo's. It is difficult to keep the tag files current with multiple catalogs, but that is another issue. I don't know how you would overcome the different file structures to be "transparent" as I asked, but it would be a time saving feature.

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