ELEMENTS: Support for custom "Place" and "Event" tags that used to work

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I have been a user of Photoshop Elements since PSE5. Recently, I moved from PSE8 to Elements 12. Unfortunately, there was a major change in functionality that I believe started in PSE11, a new way to do both "Places" and "Events". I have about 600 of those tags that I created in PSE8. I don't even like the way that was chosen by Adobe developers for those tags but this is not the major point. For my events, these are general things like "Birthday", "Wedding", "Christmas", etc and not specific dates so I can't even convert to the new functionality. For places, I have many "Place" tags that aren't even mapaible because they don't exist anymore plus even if they did, mapping 16,000 pictures which is the number I currently have (and growing) would be enormously time-consuming and not really very helpful. I don't really care if you keep those functions or not. Here is the real major problem...
First, when I converted my PSE8 catalog to PSE12, it accepted all of my 600+ tags and set them appropriately on my 16,000 pictures. Since I imported the catalog, I have made thousands of changes to the pictures in terms of dates, file location, file names, picture editing, etc. This is the problem. I went to add a new "Place" and a new "Event" tag and it forced me into the new way. I can't believe that you would simply deprecate a useful function, accept the old tags, but cut off building new custom tags for "Place" and "Events". Surely, this is an easy fix. I am a senior s/w architect and I realize that all of the tags in the Elements system are in an XML file. All I am asking for is a way to rename the "Place" and "Event" tags to something else like "My Places" and "My Events". You can even leave the new functions there so I would still have a "Place" and "Event" set of tags. If I add one to "Place" or "Event", I would be into the new way but if I add one to "My Places" or "My Events" I would be allowed to add new custom tags the old way. At this point, I am SO unhappy that I switched to PSE12. I am a dedicated "Elements" customer and this is a disaster. I have spent so much time creating these custom tags and you just threw it all away. If you can't find a way to allow both, then my request would be for a converter back to PSE8.
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John Tyrrell

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