3. Import Media from a Folder
Before You Begin
2 Perform an Initial Scan for Media
4 Import Media from a CD-ROM or DVD
5 Import Images from a Digital Camera
6 Import a Scanned Image
7 Import and Separate Multiple Scanned Images
8 About Importing Images from a Cell Phone
After you import an initial set of media files into the catalog by following the steps outlined in 2 Perform an Initial Scan for Media, you can import additional media files whenever you like. Suppose that you recently received some photos by email and saved those photos to the hard disk. Because Organizer can categorize your images, you don't have to organize images on the hard disk into particular folders. So, you could have simply saved all the email images with your other photos in the My Pictures folder, or you could have created a special folder just for those photos. Anyway, to view and organize those photos within the Organizer, you must import the files into the catalog.
This task shows you exactly how to import new files from the hard disk into the catalog. Importing does nothing to the files themselves; the process simply adds the files' names, file types, and locations to the catalog. You can then organize the photos within the catalog however you like, and edit or print them as desired.
If you open a noncataloged image in the Editor and make changes to it, you can add the image to the catalog when you save your changes. Just enable the Include in the Organizer option in the Save As dialog box. If you use a different graphics editor such as Photoshop, you can drag an image from its window and drop it right in the photo well to add it to the catalog. You can also drag and drop image files from the file listing in My Computer into the photo well.
You can start the Organizer from the Welcome Window by clicking the View and Organize Photos button. From the Editor, you can start the Organizer by clicking Photo Browser.
Click Get Photos, From Files and Folders
In the Organizer, click the Get Photos button on the Shortcuts bar and then select From Files and Folders from the list that appears. You can also choose File, Get Photos, From Files and Folders from the menu bar.
From the Look in drop-down list, select the location of the folder that contains the images you want to import. For example, if the files are located on the main drive, select Local Disk (C).
Select the folder whose contents you want to import. For example, if you chose Local Drive (C) from the Look in drop-down list, you can double-click the My Documents folder to display its contents, and then click the My Pictures folder to select only that one. If you want to import the contents of any subfolders of the selected folder (for example, if you have several subfolders within the My Pictures folder and you want to scan all of them), enable the Get Photos from Subfolders check box. You can select multiple folders by pressing Ctrl and clicking each one.
For my scan, I navigated to the My Documents folder, and then double-clicked the My Pictures folder to display its contents. I then double-clicked the Travels & Events folder in which I keep images collected from my travels or other special events. In this folder, I have a subfolder for each destination or special event. (Obviously, with Organizer, you don't have to keep your images in such a well-structured folder tree, but this was the organization I had adapted before using Organizer, so I've just stuck with it.) I then clicked the Indy 500 2004 folder icon (located in my Travels & Events folder) to select just that folder for scanning. I enabled the Get Photos from Subfolders check box to include any subfolders within the Indy 500 2004 folder in the scan.
If you want to import media files from a network drive, select My Network Places from the Look in drop-down list. Then select the network folder that contains the media files you want to import.
You don't have to import all the images in a folder; if you double-click the folder and display its contents, you can select just the images you want to import by pressing Ctrl and clicking each image file.
Click Get Photos
Click the Get Photos button to begin the importing process. The Getting Photos dialog box appears, displaying each photo as it's added to the catalog. You can click Stop if you want to interrupt the importing process for some reason; only photos already imported at that point will appear in the catalog.
If the imported images contain metadata keywords (tags), the Import Attached Tags dialog box appears. You can add new tags to the Organize Bin to match the attached photo tags, or associate the attached tags with existing tags in the Organize Bin.
Review Non-Imported Files
After the import process is complete, the Items Not Imported dialog box might appear; it lists any files that were not imported. For example, a file might be in an unsupported format (such as Paint Shop Pro's native .pspimage format), or might already exist in the catalog. After reviewing the list, click OK. The Organizer might display a reminder telling you that the only images being displayed right now are those you have just imported; click OK to dismiss this warning box.
If you don't want to see the warning box that reminds you that only recently imported images are displayed after an import process, select the Don't Show Again option before clicking OK to dismiss the box.
Redisplay All Files
The files you've just imported are the only ones displayed in the photo well; to display all files in the catalog, click the Back to All Photos button on the Find bar.