Lightroom: Need Script to convert convert current version catalog to a prior version catalog

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Was a big mistake to move to LR6. I have a backup to a certain point but need a script to convert the database back to LR5. It's nearly impossible to work fluently (MBPro ret & iMac 27 latest model SSD, 32Mb, 4Gb Graphic, OSX 10.10.3).

So please Adobe. It should be no problem to migrate back to LR5.
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LRuserXY

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LR6 does not convert the catalog database. It creates a converted COPY of the database. So your old LR5 database file should be still there. Normally, LR6 appends a number ("-2)" to the database file name.

P.S. LR5 should still remember its old database file, so starting LR5 should open your LR5-catalog.
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Paul Brussee

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@LRuserXY, that is good general advice, but clearly not what the OP asked for.

Like myself, Rudi apparently has done some work in LR6 after converting and wants to go back to LR5 without losing the edits from LR6. Since there barely is any difference this should be possible.

How to convert a LR6 catalog back to LR5 format?
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LRuserXY

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Oops - yes, I did misunderstand the questtion.
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Paul Brussee

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I talked to Adobe support and told me this is in fact NOT possible. They told me to BUY LR6 after I paid for CC for a full year. Because I already bought LR5 seperately I am NOT happy about this.
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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It's not possible to downgrade a catalog. The format changes, which is why there's an upgrade process. But this is also why it creates a copy and leaves your LR5 catalog alone. It's possible to write much of the metadata to the files (Metadata menu > Write Metadata to Files) and then import the new files into your LR5 catalog and read the metadata from the existing files (Metadata menu > Read Metadata from Files). This transfers most data but it's missing collection membership, flags and virtual copies as the main things.

As far as buying LR6 goes at the end of your CC year, they should have fixed any issues long before then.

You didn't mention exactly what your having trouble with?
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Paul Brussee

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It is so slow it hurts my productivity. Also the general speed improvement that was promised is a lie.
I am unwilling to keep paying a subscription for disappointing software.

It should be possible to downgrade, because there is an upgrade process. Just reverse the changes.

The metadata export-import you suggest, does that include all the work I did in de Develop module?
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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I'm trying to get to WHAT is slow. It may be something we can help you fix.

Yes, Develop settings would be included, as would Snapshots. The list of History states isn't included.
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Paul Brussee

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It would be great to import the development adjustments back into LR5. Thanks!

Everything I adjust in de development module is slow and particular the generation of 1:1 previews. It does not even use more than half of my system's capacity!
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Paul,
"I am unwilling to keep paying a subscription for disappointing software" .

OK - Got it - you don't like LR6. But, regarding the subscription, you can avoid paying for the CC membership if you buy the 'perpetual' license.