Lightroom: Can you still use Lightroom 6 stand alone and Lightroom Classic?

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Just wondering if I can still use my LR 6 stand alone version as well as Lr classic CC
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Not at the same time on the same catalog. Once you convert a catalog to the newer version, you can't open it in a prior version.
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Presets from the new version won't work on the old standalone version, so keep your original presets separate from LR Classic CC—most 3rd party presets are still written in the original format and converted (with the original kept intact) to xmp for use in LR C CC.

Jeff is correct regarding the catalog.  What he isn't being fullsome in his response is that basically, once you convert your LR 6 catalog to the new database version, and add to it in LR C CC, you just become a thrall to Adobe.  You cannot go backward unless you start over with the old catalog in LR 6 and reimport and reprocess all the new images.

In short, it's a one-way path to doing it Adobe's way and not yours.
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That's not really the case, @dmeephd - if someone wants to revert to Lightroom 6 they can save their photos' metadata to the files (Library>Metadata>Save Metadata to Files / Cmd or Ctl-S) and then import them into LR 6. All editing is carried over except editing using Classic CC 7 and 8 new features. Keywording, stars, flags, and other metadata are carried over as well -  the only things that aren't are pick/reject flags, step-by-step edit history, presence in collections, virtual copies.
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Agreed Laura, but don't you think that's a lot to lose in the process?  I do.  Given the editing changes in LR 7 and LR 8, and the volume of images some of us have, it would be like going back to the days of the horsedrawn carriage after experiencing motorcars.

No thank you.  Adobe essentially closed that path backwards.  Possibly with intent, probably with malice, defintely with greed.
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First of all that is not true. Yes, you lose a few new things like Range Mask, but not that much. Secondly, it makes all the sense in the world that if you downgrade to a previous product, you lose the improvements of the current product. That is not only true with Adobe software, it's true with any software. Older and no longer supported software will obviously be incompatible with features that were introduced after that software was fased out. By giving you the XMP option, and by giving you the free of charge DNG Converter, Adobe is doing much more for people using obsolete versions than many other software companies do.
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Every version of Lightroom has been unable to save/export a catalog in a previous format. Even Lightroom 2 could not save a Lightroom 1 catalog. This has nothing to do with the subscription model.
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"...a few things like Range Mask, but not that much."   Really?  How about ..."pick/reject flags, step-by-step edit history, presence in collections, virtual copies."

Granted, improvements to a current product will iccur issues of backwards compatability.  However, these so-called imporovements to Lightroom were secondary to their primary goal; that is, to move the user base from a perpetual license model to a subscription-based model and therein lies the trap.  Once you move forward, it is difficult to go back, and when Adobe drops the perpetual license scheme—oh, damn, they already did that, didn't they?—the user base is screwed.

There is absolutely no agrument whcih can be made that the current "improvements" to Lightroom could not have been made to a version in the perpetual license model.  And that simple fact makes the lack of backward compatability all the more insidious in this case.
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This isn't relevant to the original post.Please reference the conversation below and add your comments there concerning the perpetual license product. Thank you.

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/there-needs-to-be-a-lightroom-perpetual-license-option-for-enthusiast-photographers
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