I have photos on both my Mac Laptop and Desktop. I want all the photos that currently reside on the laptop moved over to desktop. If I export cataloge from laotop and open on desktop, will it then merge the images? Will it not move duplicates? Just want my ducks in a row before I do the catalogue export, (Some images may reside on both)
Thanks for reaching out! If you move all your images from one machine to the other, you may have to link the catalog with the new location of the images on the second computer as the location would differ. If the folder structure of the images does not change, you should be able to link the parent folder in the catalog & use the same folder on the second machine.
1. Export the Laptop catalog and all of the files. Be sure all folders are selected in the folders panel.
2. "Import" that catalog and files into the desktop. You would not "open" that catalog on the desktop.
As for the duplicates, they will be in separate folders where they were in the laptop catalog and desktop catalog. If you then, in the Catalog panel look at all photos sorted by date created, the dupes should be side by side even though they are in separate folders, unless you have changed the date or time on the original files. Depending on what processing you have done to the originals when they are on separate machines, you may or may not want do delete one or the other.