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This is a movie for Mac users only. Mac users, I'm sure you're happy to know that in Elements 9 for the first time you have access to the Elements organizer as well as to the Editor. In past versions of Elements the organizer was a Windows only feature, so like many Mac users, you may have used Elements to edit your photos, but you may have turned to an Apple program iPhoto, to organize your photos. The good news is that now that you do have access to the Elements organizer you can bring your entire iPhoto library over from iPhoto into Elements with just one command.
And you can bring not only the photos, but also the organizing information that you added to the photos back in iPhoto. The only caveat is that you have to have been working in a version of iPhoto, no older than 8.0. To show you that I'm here in iPhoto, where I have an abbreviated library and I'd like to show you some of the organizing features that I added to my photos here in iPhoto, so you can see how nicely they translate when I bring that library into Elements. First of all iPhoto tries to organize photos by date into what it calls events, so here I have two events, a San Francisco trip and a road trip.
If I double click on one of those events, you can see the photos in that event, and as you can see each of the photos has a keyword that I added to it here in iPhoto. If I hover over and then click the i icon on any photo, you can see more information about that photo. Including the number of stars that I added to the photo in my rating system here in iPhoto, and I'll click Done to close that. Another organizing feature that I added to these photos in iPhoto, was to gather them into virtual collections that iPhoto calls albums.
So here I have a couple of photos that I'm collecting to put on my web site, and here a couple of photos for my blog. Now I'd like to bring all of the photos from my iPhoto library along with the organizing information that I added in iPhoto, into my Elements organizer so that from now on I can manage my photos in Elements. So I switch over to the Elements Organizer and in the Organizer I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose Get Photos and Videos, and I'll choose From iPhoto.
Now I won't see the iPhoto entry in this menu, unless I do have an iPhoto library on my computer. That opens the import from iPhoto window, by default convert events from iPhoto into albums is checked, and what that means is that while iPhoto has what it calls events, Elements doesn't. So my iPhoto events are going to become albums in Elements. If I wanted to bring in my entire iPhoto library, at this point I would just click import or if I wanted to bring in just specific albums and events, then I could click more options like this, and here I might uncheck all events and just choose the events that I want to bring in, my road trip and my San Francisco trip and now I'll click import.
And if you're working along with me with your own personal library and you have a lot of photos in that library, that importing process may take a few minutes, but mine will be relatively quickly because I only had a few photos in the library. Here I see the usual alert that tells me that the only items I can see in my organizer right now are those I just imported, and I'll click OK. and actually I can't see all the photos I just imported, only those that are in this currently selected folder in the organizer, and that's because I'm viewing my photos in Folder Location view, as I've explained in earlier movies.
First of all take a look at the folders panel and you'll see a series of subfolders that Elements is made for me to store the previews of the photos that I brought in from my iPhoto library. So you can that folder hierarchy here and then if I click this arrow you can see that I brought in some more photos from iPhoto here and notice that the star ratings survived as did the keyword tags on each photo, and then if I take a look over in the albums panel here in the Elements Organizer you can see that my two iPhoto albums came in as well.
I had an album of photos that I want to use on my blog and I had another album of photos for my web site, and these other two albums are the iPhoto events that were converted into albums when the photos were brought in to the Elements Organizer because Elements doesn't have a special category for events. So if you're a Mac user, as you can see you can switch your photo organizing system from iPhoto to Elements relatively painlessly, and then you be able to continue to use Elements Organizer to manage your photo collection from here on out.
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