opening lrcat file saved and updated in LR Classic CC 7.2 in LR 6 or LR CC 2015

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I recently updated my LR CC 2015 on my personal laptop to LR Classic CC 7.2 when prompted. I read about the program, it sounded better and I didnt think much of it. I took my catalogue home did some work and then came back to the office and tried to open it on the work desktop which runs LR 6 standalone... no dice. I tried another laptop with LR CC 2015 and it said the catalogue file was too new to open. ARGHH. I made a bunch of edits to over 15,000 images and now I can only open it on my personal laptop?! Is there a way to export the catalogue as an older lrcat file? or a plugin for LR 6 to open the new lrcat files? I tried to search around but there is no obvious thread on this issue. WHY make the catalogue files not openable or offer backwards compatibility?
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Unfortunately not. The only thing you could do is select those images you edited in Classic and choose 'Metadata - Save Metadata to Files'. Then start Lightroom 6 with its old catalog and import those images. Your metadata and edits will now be imported as well, except those edits that Lightroom 6 does not understand (range mask is the only thing I can think of).
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BTW, if the images were already imported in Lightroom 6, then just select them and choose 'Metadata - Read Metadata from Files' instead of trying to import them again.
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Why not just bring the LR software version forward on all your machines and run LR Classic on all of them.  Since it appears you have a license to 7.2 you can roll them all forward and then just sign in and out as required on the machines to use them.  You can have 2 active at once.  For example, if you have it active on 2 and need it active on a third, sign out of one and sign in to another.  This is what the license allows.