Organizer and Editor are separate applications. There is no need to launch Organizer if you don’t need it. You can also prevent new photos being added.
From the Organizer menu go to
File >> Watch Folders
Remove all folders from the list and nothing will be imported automatically.
Thanks for the quick reply.
I'll repeat that I cannot open Organizer; hence cannot see what it may be doing in the background.
Shall I assume that if I simply never open it it will never collect or save anything?
Shall I assume that the two popups I get amount to Organizer's not being able to open? And not being able to function at all? Or do I assume too much?
Pardon my OCD.
If no catalog has been created, then there will be nothing in Organizer. So just don't launch it.
What are you afraid of?
No need to worry:
- you are always free to use the organizer or not, to organize the storage with the explorer or to use other softwares like the Lightroom, Bridge or other photo managing softwares.
- The organizer does not store any image file. You are totally free to store them where you want and there can't be any file duplication.
- The thumbnails shown by the organizer are only very small versions of your files to organize them visually from your browsing space.
The organizer is a powerful toolkit around a catalog. It only stores the real location of each file on your drives, it stores links, not copies.
If you want to go somewhere, you can walk there or you can use a car. The car is a powerful tool, but it does not decide where you have to go. Same for the organizer. It can work like the Exporer to move, rename or delete files, to change the subfolders hierarchies, but that's very secondary for your organization. You can add keywords, captions, ratings, notes, set up and manage keywords categories without bothering about where the files are on your drive. That virtual organization is the strength of catalogs. Instant retrieval of multicriteria searches, easy way to group files into albums, stacks, version sets without any duplication.
There is something to understand whether you want to use the organizer or not. The organizer will follow the rules you have chosen. For instance, the folder structure where you want to import your files from your camera, the location of your catalogs. Some of those rules are applied by default and you have to change them if you prefer. The organizer does not decide for you.
So, to add to what 99jon said about 'watched folders', you may have a real problem to set up your preferences to avoid using the organizer if you cannot open it. You are free not to use the organizer, but that implies changing some default options such as disabling watched folders, automatic face tagging, autocreations, searching for missing files. Those maintenance background tasks are useless and time consuming if you don't use the organizer.
That's why I think that it would be better to find the real reason of the error message you get about a missing module or codec when installing. There is probably something wrong in your PSE installation.