How to upgrade from Lr Classic v9 in an old Mac to v11 in a new Mac Studio?

Community Beginner ,
Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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I stayed with v9.4 of Lr Classic since 2020 in an old Mac, with an active subscription.

 

I am transitioning to a new Mac Studio and want to upgrade to Lr Classic v11.4 with a catalog of 100k photos.

 

I will appreciate advice or reference on how to do this safely.

 

Thank you!

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Adobe Employee , Jul 13, 2022 Jul 13, 2022

Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. I'd love to help you figure this out.

 

Lightroom Classic offers you compatibility with early versions of Lightroom & you can upgrade a catalog with Lightroom Classic.

You would first want to move your presets & the catalog.lrcat, catalog.lrcat-data, Previews.lrdata, and (if present) Smart Previews.lrdata files from the old mac to your new Mac Studio. Please note that the original images are stored separately from the catalog itself. Moving the catalog & rela

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LEGEND , Jul 13, 2022 Jul 13, 2022

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Adobe Employee ,
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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. I'd love to help you figure this out.

 

Lightroom Classic offers you compatibility with early versions of Lightroom & you can upgrade a catalog with Lightroom Classic.

You would first want to move your presets & the catalog.lrcat, catalog.lrcat-data, Previews.lrdata, and (if present) Smart Previews.lrdata files from the old mac to your new Mac Studio. Please note that the original images are stored separately from the catalog itself. Moving the catalog & related files does not transfer your original photos.

 

Once the catalog is on the MacBook, you can double-click on the catalog to open with Lightroom Classic. This should prompt Lightroom Classic's upgrade pop-up screen as follows.

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Check this article for help with moving the catalog to a new computer and upgrading an old catalog to work on a more recent version of Lightroom Classic: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/help/create-catalogs.html

 

We hope it helps,

Thanks!
Sameer K

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Jul 16, 2022 Jul 16, 2022

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Worked very well!  Thank you!

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Very good tips!  Thank you!

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