moving LR5 to a new computer

New Here ,
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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I had LR5 on a 2009 Mac and moved it to a 2019 running Catalina and it won't open. in the bottom menu it shows up as a ? for some reason. I downloaded a trial version of a competing software and it was able to open all my pictures from one of the folders I had created in LR.

Will LR open or do I need to upgrade to CC or Classic, and if so why is my other folder able to be opened and used.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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Lightroom v5 is (basically) not compatible with Mac Catalina OS.

The installer is 32bit (maybe even Lr5 itself is 32bit- not sure) and Catalina will not install 32bit software.

If Lightroom v5 was already installed before the Mac OS was upgraded to Catalina, then it might work as others have reported, but be prepared for problems.

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-macos-catalina-compatibility/

Take a subscription to the Photography Plan (20Gb) with Lightroom-Classic v10.0 (the latest upgrade to your v5), Lightroom-mobile (Cloud based), Photoshop 2021, Adobe Bridge, other Cloud ecosystem features- Album sharing, a Portfolio site.

For US$9.99/month (annual plan) you will not regret having the 'latest' and new features!

 

I do not know what you mean by- "other folder able to be opened.."

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.2, Photoshop 22.3, Lightroom 4.2, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2020 Nov 02, 2020

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thank you. appreciate it. will I be able to load all my previous files that I have on a portable drive into the new LR Classic?
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Nov 02, 2020 Nov 02, 2020

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If you are referring to image files, then yes you will be able to load them onto the new computer. But all the work you did using Lightroom 5 won't be there because that was stored in the catalog that was part of Lightroom 5 and was not applied to the images. So images will be in their original state that they were in when they were first downloaded.

 

If you can add images to the new computer in the same file structure they were in on the old computer, and then bring the catalog that you were using in Lightroom 5, Lightroom Classic has the capability to upgrade that catalog and then all of your work will still be intact.

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