Lightroom: LR4 does not auto open the most recent catalog

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Long time LR user (ACE certified) - installed LR4. Immediate problem whereby after the first time being asked to upgrade LR3 catalog - and working fine - when I closed and reopened LR4 it does not bring up the catalog, instead goes through the question and upgrade stage again. Having tried a few workarounds, starting a new catalog, importing the old one, I still had the same problem - LR4 simply would not start with the most recent catalog- acting as if it had not just closed it - causing me to have to go and select a catalog and then open it.

I was going to live with this for a while, until I tried the new email option and was immediately presented with another known bug where I received an error message. So I decided to uninstall LR4 and wait until you have produced a cleaner version.

BUT now that I'm back in LR3 - I am having the same problem with LR3 not automatically opening with the most recent catalog. When will I learn NOT to buy the newest version of any software. LR was working flawlessly before I decided to upgrade.

Any help appreciated!

Nicole Olds
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Nicole Olds

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Jim Wilde

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What Default Catalog do you have set in the General Tab of your preferences?

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Nicole Olds

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That's the nature of the bug. I have everything set as usual - in other words to

'load the most recent catalog'.

Right now in Catalog Settings, General - the location shows the correct location of my current catalog, which I have opened from a backup due to all the futzing around with LR4.

BUT

If I close and reopen LR3, it looks for an the old catalog in another folder. So I then have to navigate to my current catalog and open it again.

This only started happening after I installed LR4. The problem was worse with LR4 as it also kept operating as if it needed to upgrade all the catalog settings again.

If there's anything else I can try do let me know!

Nicole
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Lee Jay

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This works fine for me on all four of my Windows 7 machines.
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Jim Wilde

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Personally, I don't like the "open most recent catalog" setting, I've seen too many users inadvertently using a backup catalog as the prime catalog. Instead, for a single prime catalog user, I would always recommend setting the Default Catalog to open that specific catalog every time.

In your case, it rather sounds like your preferences are messed up, so maybe a preferences reset might be a good idea. However, before you try that, have you explicitly set your LR3 preferences to open your prime catalog (not the backup)? Have you uninstalled LR4? That would be a good idea if you're definitely reverting to LR3.

Have you tried holding down the Ctrl key (Opt on a Mac) while starting Lightroom, that will give you a list of recently opened catalogs to choose from, that way you can be certain of getting the right one.

But if after doing that, and setting the Default Catalog to open a specific catalog, and it still doesn't do that, I would definitely recommend a preferences reset.
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Works for me, too (64 Bit, Win7).

I think I know the solution to the problem: LR3 and LR4 do NOT share the general settings.

In AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Preferences (Win7, other platforms may vary), there are separate files "Lightroom {Version} Preferences.agprefs" for each major LR version. Each one contains its own "recentLibraryBehavior20" setting.

I suspect when LR4 is installed (or first started for a user), it does not inherit the old settings of LR3, but gets its new default settings. I don't really know whether this is a bug or not.

And for the problem itself: I think it should be solved if you set LR4 explicitely to "load most recent catalog" in the settings (like LR3) - it should work then.

EDIT: I misread the second post of Nicole Olds. It really seems something is messed up with the settings as Jim Wilde suspected. Nevertheless, what I posted is still true, but propbably not the cause of the problems....
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Thanks Jim

I did manage to get my LR3 Catalog back to normal by deleting the preferences file.

Perhaps I'll try to reinstall LR4 - maybe I could use the same workaround to prevent its trying to create a new catalog every time I opened.

Stay tuned!

I do appreciate your help!

Nicole