I have just transferred from PC to iMac. I have my own way of filing my photos and home movies. I just kept them in their own folders and sub folders. I never used any software in pc land which would try to file them. I have read around iPhotos and am baffled by how it files things especially downloaded older photos. Even iMovies tutorial videos only make comments about importing from a connected camcorder. Anyway I have decided to continue to just use folders with subfolders which I have assigned for my photos and movies. I also back up on an external hard drive. My question is if I do not import my photos and movies into iPhoto and iMovies will I not be able to use these two applications? I already encountered a problem this evening when working on my first project. I wanted to add a photo into iMovies but it only gave me the option of importing photos from iPhoto. I tried browsing in iPhotos as it had automatically imported some of my photos but in no order that I could understand and couldn't find it. Okay next question, if I can not use iPhoto or iMovies then what application would you recommend to edit photos and make movies? I use to use photoshop elements and Ulead video studios in my pc. Thanks in advance.