Should I abandon Mac Photos for Photoshop Elements?

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I am getting increasingly frustrated with Mac PHOTOS, but want to know if Elements is better.  Here are my issue with Mac PHOTOS.
Can;t search keywords for blanks, a rather basic database function
Can't merge keywords if you make a typo.  Workaround is tedious.
Selecting a group of photos and mass-entering a keyword often doesn;t work.
If I delete a keyword in Keyword Manager, it deletes it in ALL my catalogues, not just the open one.

As I said, does Elements do any better?  I know the editing tools are better, and may make the switch just for that.  Need to totally abandon the Mac app, since Elements won;t work as an extension just for editing.  Need to export/fix/import.  Again, a pain in the ... .

Finally IF I DO make the switch, are there issues with transferring metadata?  Albums?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Lightroom is probably a better alternative to Photos. You can download a trial of either Elements 14 or Lightroom 6 from here to see if it will work for your needs: http://www.adobe.com/downloads/other-downloads.html
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I have done that, and found both programs more than I need.  LightRoom was great for fixing distortions like key-stone, which Mac Photos can't do.  But LR can't knock out backgrounds so need Elements for that.   In the end, I am prepared to buy both, but only if Organizer handles photos better than Mac Photo.    SO......... can Organizer do what I can't do with the keywords in Photos?   Does anyone know? 

Also my last Q.... how does it handle the export/import process?
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I don't use Macs so that I can't compare Elements with Photos. Of course, I think that the Organizer is much, much more powerful than Photos...
To tell you the truth, even if I have Lightroom I use the organizer to manage my own libraries!
If you have specific questions about the organizer, I'd be glad to answer on the Elements forum:
https://forums.adobe.com/community/photoshop_elements/overview
It looks like you already have the trial version.
From your description, Elements is all you need. If you want to upgrade to Lightroom (a smart, powerful and highly customizable program), there is much in common with the organizer, and Organizer catalogs can be converted to the LR format. You'll need the Elements editor anyway.