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You are very smart to ask before doing anything!
Do the following:
1) Install PSA SE on the new machine
2) Move the photos themselves - keep the pathnames exactly the same
3) Locate the My Catalog.PSA file on the old machine; it will be in Docs&Settings somewhere - the folder is probably hidden; if there is more than one such file, look at the date
4) Place the PSA file on the new machine in exactly the same location
5) Open PSA SE and tags etc. should all be there; you may notice slight "lags" while thumbnails get rebuilt
Wow, that was a quick reply! Thanks Colin, this was exactly the info I needed.
I am having problems finding where the "old" my catalog.psa goes in the new computer. I was able to transfer all the photos, now I need the tags (attached to the appropriate picture)
> I am having problems finding where the "old" my catalog.psa goes in the new computer
It needs to go in a folder somewhere in Docs&Settings. Do a search with WIndows Explorer, making sure that hidden folders are visible.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Catalogs
I am trying to back up my pictures that are stored on Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.0. I would like to convert them back to .jpg files and store them in my "my pictures" folder. I have found the catalog folder under documents and settings, but how do I access the pictures that are stored there and convert/save them?
Your pictures are still stored as JPEGs. They are just cataloged by PSAS SE.
And to find where any picture is actually stored on your hard drive, simply right click on a picture in Starter Edition and select "Show Properties." Look in the bottom of the Properties panel, and there will be the file path for the origional image on your hard drive. Use Windows to navigate to that file path, and you will find the origional image.
I recently tagged all my pictures in XP. Today I tried to move everything to my new Vista system. On my old system I was Administrator, on Vista I am Owner (I know I should have changed to something else). In any event the paths will not be the same (vista file structure might be different too). I haven't been able to open the Documents and Settings folder in Vista even though I'm an administrator, so I haven't been able to copy the right file to "all users" from my XP computer.
Any suggestions? Should Adobe make this easier?
Forget last message. I had changed some permissions in Vista and wasn't allowed into the All Users folder, but upon rebooting today I was allowed in and followed the previously posted directions. Worked perfectly! Thanks.