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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:05 pm 
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Anyone use the Organizer?

I gave Lightroom a try, but for my needs I don't see the value in it. Having bought Elements 7 already, I thought I'd give the Organizer in that a go which I haven't up to now. The area I'm most interested in improving is some sort of cataloguer and browser where I currently use Picasa.

The Elements Organizer has several methods to add files, so should be no problem there. It displays thumbnails of everything in the display, and optionally sets up a timeline so you can see when you are browsing in. To the side you can set up tags and assign them to photos. Then toggling the tag will show those matching photos.

The "watch folder" option doesn't seem to work as I hope but I've not looked into it yet. I just want to set it up so that when I dump photos into a folder, they'll get automatically added. I'm not sure how or when it scans though as it wont be running continuously.

One possible downside so far is that it only offers itself as editor. The "other editors" option is greyed out, but again I haven't looked into this in detail yet.

I'll be playing around with it some more, but if I can either sort it out to work how I want, or adapt myself to fit what it does, the value of Elements just got even better.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:20 pm 
popo wrote:
Anyone use the Organizer?


*raises hand*

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The Elements Organizer has several methods to add files, so should be no problem there. It displays thumbnails of everything in the display, and optionally sets up a timeline so you can see when you are browsing in. To the side you can set up tags and assign them to photos. Then toggling the tag will show those matching photos.


You can create albums and add photos to those albums. Keep in mind that you can add a photo to multiple albums so that should help greatly in organizing things.

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The "watch folder" option doesn't seem to work as I hope but I've not looked into it yet. I just want to set it up so that when I dump photos into a folder, they'll get automatically added. I'm not sure how or when it scans though as it wont be running continuously.


The watch folder is handled by a service called Adobe Active File Monitor v7. This should be constantly running in the background and it will notice any files added to the folder and subfolders you're watching. I believe it hooks into the filesystem to know about any files created so there is minimal overhead.

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One possible downside so far is that it only offers itself as editor. The "other editors" option is greyed out, but again I haven't looked into this in detail yet.


You can set it up to use one other editor. In the organizer, go to Preferences->Editing and select another program you wish to use as an editor. Then when you wish to edit your photos with the other organizer, go to the "More options" on the "Fix" tab.

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I'll be playing around with it some more, but if I can either sort it out to work how I want, or adapt myself to fit what it does, the value of Elements just got even better.


As part of my workflow, I've found Elements to be really ace. I've tried Lightroom but felt it cost too much for what it offered.


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