ACDSee Pro 3: Transferring Photos Across Databases

Unlike its competition, ACDSee Pro 3 makes use of a relational database to store your photo collections. This enables a great deal of portability when you try to move your photos from one computer to another. This article focuses on the discussion relevant to such media movement across databases between two computers.

Step 1: Preparing for the Move

It is recommended that a simultaneous movement of databases should accompany the move to another computer system too. This will allow you to maintain consistency of search across the two computers.

To enable the movement of the database, you will need to export the database’s data files to a flat text file. You will now move the flat text file to the new database instance or the new computer as the case may be. Then, use the import wizard on the new instance to import relevant data to the new location. Also make sure that the camera settings, EXIF data and metadata, are imported as well.

You will notice that the moment you move your photos to a different location on your computer, an automatic update takes place on the data layer for the new location. To do this, you will click Tools, select Database, and then select the Export Database option to launch the Database Export Wizard to create a flat text file (that will then be moved to the new location by saving it to the root level folder of the photographs).

Step 2: Planning Movement Medium

You may choose to move the files across a network if the computers are networked together. To achieve this, you will click Edit and select the ‘Copy To Folder’ option to initiate the movement of files to the other computer.

However, in case of the absence of a network, you may use an external hard disk drive or a USB pen drive to get things moving forward. You might want to burn the files to disk in case you need to maintain a back up. You can do this by using the Burn Basket Wizard.

Simply click on the View menu and select the Burn Basket option. You will now drag and drop the root folder in the Burn Basket and click on the Burn button. This will enable and initiate the disc burning process.

Step 3: File Movement

You will now use the ACDSee software suite and copy the root folder from the relevant media to the computer’s hard disk drive. Then, you will import the data from the flat text file into the software package. You will click Tools, then select Database and click on the Import Database option to launch the Database Import Wizard to feed the flat text file and initiate the import process.

You will be prompted to select the contents to be imported from the flat text file. Select accordingly and hit the ok button. Following this, it may take some time to import the data. Time taken will depend on amount of data to be exchanged.