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Fri, Nov 3, 2017 3:52 PM

Can I open and use my LR CC 2015.12 catalog in LR 6?

I am planning some changes and need to know if I buy a perpetual version of LR 6, will I be able to use my catalog from LR CC version 2015.12 and continue to edit?

The last version I have of perpetual is 5.5 and I'm pretty sure I can't use that with my catalog, but I will buy a copy of LR 6 if it will work.

Has anyone tried this?
Best,
AE

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3 years ago

LR 6 and CC 2015 are compatible, but you will lose certain features only available in CC 2015:

"Lightroom CC also gives you ongoing new feature updates as soon as they are available – including the popular Dehaze and Boundary Warp functions, as well as the new Guided Upright feature and Local B&W Adjustment Sliders – none of which are in LR6."

http://prodesigntools.com/adobe-lightroom-6-standalone-vs-cc.html

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3 years ago

To be more precise: you will lose the interface to modify or apply these features. However, any image you edited in Lightroom CC2015, will still show these edits -including edits like Dehaze and Guided Upright- when you switch back to Lightroom 6.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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3 years ago

Excellent. Thank you! Do you happen to know if the same is true for LR 5?

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3 years ago

LR 6/CC 2015 use a different catalog format, which cannot be opened in LR 5/CC, CC2014. You'll get an error message saying the 'Catalog is Too New.'

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3 years ago

Got it. I just tried and you are 100% correct. On to buying a copy of LR6. Thanks again Todd!

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3 years ago

Anthony, you said "I am planning some changes and need to know if I buy a perpetual version of LR 6, will I be able to use my catalog from LR CC version 2015.12 and continue to edit?"

Just to clarify, If you "update" your LR CC version 2015.12 install to the new Classic 7.0 version the catalog will NOT be compatible with LR 6. I'll provide some options in a 2nd reply.

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3 years ago

Thanks Todd. I am not updating to classic 7.0, specifically for that reason. I figure this is the last opportunity I will ever have to keep my catalog with a perpetual product.

You're pretty sure it will work with 2015.12 and LR6 right?

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You're pretty sure it will work with 2015.12 and LR6 right?
Yes. Here's a post on how you can move from LR CC 2015.12 to LR 6. It's actually very easy.

https://forums.adobe.com/message/9207239#9207239

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Wonderful. Thanks so much.

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Glad to help! I'll save you some time–Here's the reply in the above post with the best answer:

14. Re: Lightroom 6 and CC catalog compatibility john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional  MVP
john beardsworth Dec 17, 2016 11:57 AM (in response to mbp5321) There is absolutely no need to have a separate Adobe ID.

To switch from CC authorisation to a serial number, see the instructions How to convert a Lightroom CC trial to Lightroom 6 .

  • "If you recently canceled a membership, there may be remaining days on the membership before it completely expires. Continue to use Lightroom until the membership expires, and then follow the instructions in Convert a Lightroom CC trial to Lightroom 6."