How to move photo's between libraries?

I have been moving photos from one library to another by dragging them to the desktop from a library and then using the Import command to place them in the new library. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere as a way to move photo's between libraries. I didn't use the Export command simply because it was easier not to. The new library works ok, but did I lose something by using this method? When I use my method, I am only copying the edited version but not the "original" photo that may be in the library. Therefore, I don't have the original in the new library if I need it. This is ok since I no longer need the original. Do I understand this correctly. I would appreciate any explanation about this so.
I am using iPhoto '08 version 7.1.5.

Yes, if you drag from the iPhoto Window to the desktop you’re getting the current (edited) version of the pic. You’re also missing any added metadata, such as keywords etc.
Yes, when you import to the other library you are missing the original file too.
The only way to move pics/albums/Events (including metadata) between Libraries (and all versions) is with iPhoto Library Manager.
Regards
TD

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