The Import feature allows you to import one or more folders from the file system directly to the catalog. This method is the recommended way to get images that you already have stored on the file system into the catalog.
Also use this method when you have images stored on the file system that have pre-existing metadata in them (for instance written with a competing cataloguing tool). When your images already have pre-exiting images and you select to import the metadata, then IDimager will automatically copy the metadata to the database and create catalog labels for pre-existing keywords.
This method is described in the Getting Started chapter.