Lightroom: LR4 Beta uses same catalogue as LR3.6 and no perceptible change in image?

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Contrary to Sharad saying that LR4 Beta does not directly import from current LR3.6 catalogue my LR4 beta download I see is using the same catalogue as LR3.6 and the images developed in LR3.6 and previous look the same in LR4 as they do in LR3.6 and I have had no problems whatsoever importing the images into LR4b, should I be nervous?
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David Wells

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A "catalog" is a database file of LR adjustments and other metadata for a group of images. A catalog is not the images, themselves.

You CAN import the same images into both LR3 and LR4, although it is recommended you don't.

You cannot open a LR3 catalog file in LR4b1. It will give an error message with the choices to Choose Another or Exit.

You cannot Import a LR3 catalog into LR4b1. It will give an error message.
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As Steve mentioned, you cannot open a Lightroom 3 (or earlier) catalog into Lightroom 4 Beta. This is by design as Lightroom 4 is a Beta product and could negatively affect your catalogs and/or images.

Lightroom 4 Beta requires you to create a new catalog the first time you open Lightroom 4 Beta. While you can reimport images that are linked to Lightroom 3 catalogs, we don't recommend it because there's a risk that L4B does something to your pictures that you don't want. That's why our release notes and messaging specifically states:

• While data loss is not expected, this is an early ‘beta’ quality build and you should always work on duplicates of files that are securely backed up.

When it comes to preserving my images, I'm pretty conservative. I don't import older pictures directly into Lightroom 4 Beta catalogs. Instead, I make copies of those pictures and then import the copies into Lightroom 4 Beta. This way, I'm safe knowing that a Beta product (even a high quality one like Lightroom 4 Beta) isn't touching my actual images.