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moving from classic to cloud-based AND from PC to Mac

Community Beginner ,
Dec 07, 2022 Dec 07, 2022

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Hello,

I am considering switching from Windows to MacOS.  My LR vernacular isn't great, but here's my question:

1). Is it possible to move my current LR library from LR 6.14 Windows-based to LR Cloud MacOS?  

2). If I stay on Windows, how difficult to move my LR library from LR 6.14 to LR Cloud for Windows?

Thank you for any feedback.  Robert

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Community Expert ,
Dec 07, 2022 Dec 07, 2022

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With Lightroom (cloud) it doesn't matter if you use Windows or Mac. Everything is stored in a cloud. You simply sign in to your account on either computer and you will see your images.

However, migrating your content from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom could be a bigger challenge depending on how many images you have, and what features you depend on. Are you currently using Lightroom Classic? If so you may want to stick with Classic. I'm pretty sure you can open your Windows catalog with Lightroom Classic on a Mac. Hopefully someone who knows for sure will jump in here and confirm it.

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Dec 08, 2022 Dec 08, 2022

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Thank you Teresa.  Much appreciated.
Happy holidays.
Robert

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Dec 07, 2022 Dec 07, 2022

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Yes, you can migrate a Catalog from versions of Lightroom  v6.14 (Perpetual) > v12.01 (Classic).

Consider that you may only have 20GB of Cloud storage space (Depending on the Plan you subscribe to). How much space do your photo files occupy locally?

 

Consider also that many Lightroom Classic features don’t exist in Lightroom-'Cloudy v6' . Some of the data gets transferred, and some information doesn’t transfer.
Data that doesn’t transfer to the Lightroom database includes:
• Folders and folder hierarchy (but you can convert to collections before migrating, which become albums in Lightroom).
• Develop History
• Snapshots
• Creations (books, slideshows, prints and web galleries).
• Smart collections.
• Color labels become keywords.
• Virtual copies become real copies.
• Collection sets become album folders.
• Collections become albums.

 

I am with @Theresa J  here- "you may want to stick with Classic.".!

 

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 12.1 Photoshop 24.0.1, ACR 15.1, Lightroom 6.1, Lr-iOS 8.0.8, Bridge 13.0.1, Windows-11.

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