Elements 15: Organizer missing PDF Support

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Why was PDF support dropped from the pse 15 organizer?

What's worse is there is no where to be found in the What's New for the pse 15 organizer that pdf support has been dropped.

See this thread on the adobe forums for more on this.

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2229454
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Sue

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This is very devious on Adobe's part to drop PDF support with no warning. I have used PSE since it was created as Photoshop Album(?) and pdf support has always been included.

Shame on Adobe. Please supply an update to include PDF support ASAP.
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No warning. No comments either...

So, my advice for people in you situation would be to keep an older organizer version to catalog your PDFs as well as related other format files linked by stacks or version sets. I feel for scrapbookers who have chosen the pdf format after the eps format has been dropped from Elements...

Other possible solution: Bridge. Yes you don't need to subscribe to the CC photographer's plan to use Bridge.
http://photoshopelementsandmore.com/search/results?captcha_id=captcha_search&what_exact_phrase=A...
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Comment... after doing some homework.
Managing pdf files in PSE15 organizer works only for files saved from the editor in the 'Photoshop PDF' format.
That is the only format used by the Elements Editor to save files as PDF.

That format is special:
- It combines a 'normal' pdf and a psd or jpeg file.
- It can be read by any pdf reader or browser like a normal pdf
- It opens directly in the editor like any jpeg or psd file, including layers etc.
- the result is a big file of course. That explains complaints about the size of pdfs produced by Elements.
- If you open a 'normal' pdf file in the editor, you get an import dialog which rasterizes the result for a given page. With a Photoshop PDF format, it opens directly like a psd or jpeg without conversion to bitmap.

If you want to save as standard pdf, you 'print' to any virtual pdf printer (Microsoft Print to PDF for instance).  Or you use one of the many alternative pdf managers on the market.

The files you save with the Photoshop PDF format from the editor are saved in the organizer version 15. There is no way to 'export' as PDF from the organizer. You can use the 'process multiple files' command of the editor to convert to Photoshop PDF, but it seems that you need to save the parameters of the save for each file individually.

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Another discovery in PSE15 Organizer: files in the Photoshop PDF format are not shown in the full view mode (F11).
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That's a great answer!  Thanks for doing the homework!  It's not great feature of Photoshop Elements, but at least we kind-of have a half-way workaround.
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I just discovered that you can save pdfs in the 'acrobat pdf' format instead of the 'photoshop PDF one. You save your file first as .pse (project). You open the project and save as pdf...
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/pse-file-saved-instead-of-a-psd-file-in-eleme...
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Any update on when/if PDF support will be added back to PSE 15 Organizer?   I had cataloged several hundred PDF documents that went with photos in my catalog.