Importing photos by using menu commands

Here's how to get files into Album from your hard drive:

1. Choose FileOGet PhotosOFrom Files and Folders.

You also can click the handy Get Photos button in the Shortcuts bar and choose From Files and Folders from the pop-up menu. Or you can choose HelpOQuick Guide and click the Get Photos button or the Get Photos tab. From there, click the File Folders button.

The Get Photos from Files and Folders dialog box appears (see Figure 4-1).

2. Navigate to the folder that contains the photos you want to import.

You have three choices in the types of files that will display in the list:

• Media Files: Shows any photo, audio, and video files that are in formats compatible to Album.

• PDF Files: Shows files in the Portable Document Format (PDF), such as those you created with the Creations Wizard (albums, slide shows, and so on).

• All Files: Shows, well, everything, whether Album can import it or not. If you choose a file format that Album can't work with, a message that says "Unsupported File Format" appears where the thumbnail preview would be in the dialog box. For more on the file formats that Album supports, see Chapter 3.

3. Choose the method that relates to the number of files you want to import:

• Single file: Select the file from the folder. Note that if you hover your mouse over a file, info about the photo (file type, date/time, and size) displays. After you select the file, you see a thumbnail preview. If you're satisfied with your selection, click the Get Photos button, shown in Figure 4-1.

Figure 4-1:

You can import one or multiple photos into Album using the Get Photos From Files and Folders dialog box.

Figure 4-1:

You can import one or multiple photos into Album using the Get Photos From Files and Folders dialog box.

• Multiple photos: Select the first file you want to import, hold down the Ctrl key, and select additional files. Or you can select the first file, hold down the Shift key and click a second file, and you will select those files and all the files in between. Then click the Get Photos button.

• All the photos in a folder: Navigate to the folder, select it, and then click the Get Photos button.

• All the photos stored in multiple subfolders: Navigate to the main folder and select it. Select the Get Photos from Subfolders check box on the right side of the dialog box (refer to Figure 4-1).

4. When you're finished selecting files, click the Get Photos button.

Album imports your photos into the Photo Well. Album may display a dialog box that tells you that only newly imported files are being displayed. Click OK, and if you don't want to keep seeing this dialog box, check the Don't Show Again option.

To see all your images, click the Show All button in the Shortcuts bar or the Clear button in the Find bar above the Photo Well.

If you accidentally try to get an image you previously imported, Album tells you it wasn't imported because it already exists in your catalog, as shown in Figure 4-2.

Figure 4-2:

Album tells you which files weren't imported and why.

Figure 4-2:

Album tells you which files weren't imported and why.

jUNG/ You can't import a PDF creation that was made in Album, such as a Slide

Show or Calendar (for example, if a relative or friend who also owns Album sends you a PDF creation). Album imports the individual files (photos, video clips, and audio clips) used in the creation, but not the actual creation. If you want to keep the creation, you will have to recreate it. For more on creations, see Chapter 18.

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