Exporting the LIGHTROOM catalog to other software

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Is there a way to export lightroom catalogs to other software.

Adobe continues to make changes that make Lightroom less useful. First they make it difficult to upgrade lightroom without going to CC. The facial recognition feature does not work well, and doesn't allow re-scanning files. Now they have removed the eject when done from Import.
The catalog is just an SQL database, are there any utilities for reading the database and converting it to use in other programs?
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I haven't heard of any other photo programs that can import LR's catalog, directly or via a utility (there might be some, I just haven't heard of any).

However, LR does a pretty good job of writing all photo-specific metadata back to the photos (or their .xmp sidecars), conforming with industry standards. This includes anything you can change in the Keywords and Metadata panels on the right side of the Library module These fields can be read by any other program that conforms to the standards.

But some things are not written in the photo metadata, including but not limited to stacking, collections, and develop history.

The develop settings are written to the XMP metadata, but they are very specific to Adobe Camera Raw / Lightroom, and I haven't heard of any other program that can interpret them. If you want to take your developed pics to some other program, you'd have to export them as TIFFs or JPEGs.