- Install your current version of ACDSee on the computer where your database is currently located.
- If needed, convert your database to newer version of ACDSee Photo Manager and make sure all your database information is intact in the new version.
- On the Catalog Pane (or Organize Pane in the earlier versions of ACDSee Photo Manager), click on Embed Pending under the Special Items Section . If you do not have the Catalog Pane open, click on View | Catalog
- Click on the menu Edit (not the Edit mode) and select Select All Images.
Note: If your image collection is large, it takes a long time to perform the embedding. You can try to select multiple folders or multiple categories for each embedding session, so you do not have to embed all images in one embedding session.
- With all the images are highlighted, right click on a thumbnail and click Metadata | Embed Database Information.
Note: If your images do not support embedded XMP (e.g. RAW or DNG, etc), ensure that you have selected Write sidecar files for formats that do not support embedded XMP. ACDSee will create an XMP file for each image with the same filename.
- Click Yes to start the Embed Database Information process.
- After all database information is embedded with your images, copy your images to the new computer. If you have XMP files, also copy them with your images.
Note: You can copy and transfer images to the new computer with an external hard drive, DVD, or through a network.
- On the new computer, install current version of ACDSee Photo Manager.
- In ACDSee Photo Manager , click on Tools | Database and select Catalog Files. For previous versions of ACDSee, click on Database and select Catalog Files.
- On the Catalog Files Wizard window, select the folders where your images are stored. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
Note: In ACDSee 2009 or ACDSee Pro 2.5, if you chose to catalog specific folders, add the specific folders to catalog and do not add any caption, notes, author, and date fields. Click Next when you are ready to catalog your files.
- After cataloging all your images, the database will retrieve and store all the embedded database information.
- Optimize your database once you have catalogued all your images.