Just purchased a new iMac, can i use use PSE-11 as my default editor and organizer? or am i forced to bridge through iPhoto? I want to import all historical photos via external hard drive through PSE 11 and not use iphoto at all, will this create any issue?
You can use Organizer and Editor. There won't be any issue. Just import all your historical data via Organizer from your hard disk. Choose File > Get Photos and Videos. or you can directly use the big Import button in organizer.
For Editing an image select the image, and click the Editor button present in the lower action bar.
You can make Elements Editor as your default Editor by selecting any photo format and right click>Open with. In teh dialog you see an option to select teh default application to open that file format where you can select Elements Editor.