Migrate Photoshop Elements from Windows to Mac

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by billferreira, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    Current: Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 on Windows, over 8,000 images cataloged with multiple tags per image

    Goal: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 on Mac/Leopard retaining all my tags

    If I copy my complete directory structure to the Mac, images and PSE catalog, will that catalog import into PSE 6 and retain all my tags?

    Strangely Adobe can't answer this question. I've asked it twice and both responses have been gibberish.

  2. macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    What do you mean by "gibberish"? - Adobe couldn't understand you or you couldn't understand them? Adobe are usually very helpful, perhaps it would help if you posted their reply...
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    Adobe's response

    1. We can't help you with an unregistered product. - All 4 versions of Elements that I've owned are registered.
    2. We can't answer technical questions. - huh?
    3. You can download the trial and test it. - the download site has been down for weeks and won't be up until July. I wouldn't have bothered them if I could do this.

  4. macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2007
    I'm in the same boat as billferreira - thousands of images all intricately tagged in PSE for windows! I got excited when the version 6 for mac was finally announced. However to my disappointment, apparently the mac versions of PSE don't have an "organizer" in them :mad: (http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=104593)

    So currently i'm using PSE for windows in a VMware image, after switching to a mac last year.

    EDIT: This plugin for iPhoto may be of interest: http://www.bullstorm.se/KeywordManager.php although i don't know how to convert tags from PSE
  5. macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    I see what you mean :(

    Not being familiar with the way the files are stored in Windows, I can only suggest you try copying them over to the Mac to see if they work. If they don't, you can always delete them and no harm's done.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    Trying another approach

    The files are just files, same format on Mac and Windows. The catalog is a MS Access database which doesn't run on Windows. Lightroom uses SQL Lite which runs on both platforms. So one possibility is to:
    • download and install the Lightroom trial on Windows
    • import the PSE catalog into Lightroom
    • move the Lightroom database from Windows to Mac
    • reconnect the images (if possible) in Lightroom

    This creates a whole list of issues that I'll ignore for the moment not the least of which is spending $300 for a copy of Lightroom for the Mac.

    However PSE does have the ability to export the Tags into the image as IPTC data, a universal photo standard. BUT, only for JPEGs. So for someone who uses only JPEGs, the following will work.
    • in PSE browser select all the images
    • export tags
    • now all the images will have the tags embedded as IPTC data
    • switch to your Mac
    • Copy the full directory structure from the PC to the Mac
    • start iPhoto
    • choose Preferences - Advanced
    • uncheck "Copy items to the iPhoto Library"
    • choose File - Import to Library
    • point to the highest level directory of your images
    • click the Import button and go have a beer while it imports

    You will now have your photos in the same directory structure on the Mac as they were on Windows. All the tags will have been retained and you can do boolean searches to find your images.


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