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I just upgraded from PSE8 to 11 and can't find my catalog to convert.

Feb 23, 2013 1:10 PM

I just upgraded from PSE 8 to 11 and can't find my catalog to convert.  I watched the Manage My Catalog  instruction video, but my old catalog doesn't show in the box.  When I browse the DATA1 and DATA11 files in my PSE 8 folder the dialog box does not recognize them as catalogs.  I assume the catalog is one of these file, since they contain over 16,000 entries, which is how many photos I had in PSE8.


What am I missing?  How do I find and convert my old catalog?

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    Feb 23, 2013 2:36 PM   in reply to RWPSE_11

    Moving this discussion to the Photoshop Elements forum.

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  • 99jon
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:46 PM   in reply to RWPSE_11

    Sometimes catalog conversion fails. It’s often a question of needing full permission settings and the easiest way to make it work is as an administrator directly from the desktop which bypasses the welcome screen background processes.
    Make a shortcut for organizer as follows:
    On Windows right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose New >> Shortcut
    Browse to Computer OS C:
    Find the PSE Organizer application in Program Files or Program Files (x86) on Windows 7 - 64 bit.
    C: >> Program Files (x86) >> Adobe >> Elements 11 Organizer
    Within the Elements 11 Organizer folder find the application PhotoshopElementsOrganizer (not Photoshop Elements 11.0)
    Select (highlight) PhotoshopElementsOrganizer and click Next
    Then click Finish.

    Now right-click on your new desktop icon and choose “Run As Administrator” Then authorize by clicking yes in the User Account Control dialog.
    From the Organizer menu click:
    File >> Manage Catalogs
    Then click the “Convert” button

    Select your desired catalog from the list of previous versions of PSE to highlight it then click the “Convert” button down below it

    You should receive a message when the conversion has been successfully completed and your earlier catalog will be automatically re-named. Choose the new name from the list and click the “Open“ button and you are good to go.

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    Feb 24, 2013 10:40 PM   in reply to RWPSE_11

    Please try once again by clicking "Show Previously converted catalogs" checkbox in File >> Manage Catalogs >> Convert dialog.


    If this doesn't list your se8 catalog, please do a search for "catalog.pse8db" on your hard disk. The default location of catalogs %programdata%\adobe\Elements Organizer\Catalogs.


    Once located, you should be able to get this converted to PSE11 catalog from within Organizer.




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