Lightroom: Multiple versions installed with multiple catalogs

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I keep getting update notices for the same updates. My Mac is showing that the download and installation of the update is "successful" but those notices keep coming.
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Matthew Zory

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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What updates (specifically) does it keep telling you that you need?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Also, which product are you using? (Photoshop, Elements, etc)
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Jeffery,

Oh brother, the plot thickens: First let me tell you, I'm not at all computer saavy.
I'm using Lightroom 3--which I love BTW. I've found part of the problem----there's 2 LR catalogs that appear in my Applications folder! (there's only one on my Dock.) It appears that the most recent updates--Lightroom_3_LS11_mac_3_6-1.dmg, Lightroom_3_LS11_mac_3_6-2.dmg, Lightroom_3_LS11_mac_3_6-3.dmg might have loaded into the 'other' catalog, the one that appears in the Applications folder, not the one in the dock. Is that possible? When I go to 'About PS LR ' in the Lightroom dropdown menu I get 3.4.1 in the Docked LR and 3.6 in the Applications LR. They appear to have the same number of images loaded in---over 17,000. At one point many months ago I thought about creating multiple catalogs, started and then bailed---maybe I didn't bail after all. Can you coach me thru this? And in answer to the "How does this make you feel?" posted below---like an idiot.
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Hi Matthew,
If I understand you, it sounds like your default download location is your Applications folder. This isn't necessarily the best idea - it's probably best to have files download into the Downloads folder under your home folder. But you're right, these are all update downloads.
If you have more than one version of Lightroom 3 installed, then you need to figure out which catalog you've opened in each version. Open each version of Lightroom, then look at the very top of the application, in the middle of the top line. That's the name of the open catalog. It's a good idea to write this down, with the version of Lightroom. If you cmd+click on that title, it will give you the location path for that catalog.
This will get you to a point where you can tell which catalog (and its location) is set for the default for each version of Lightroom.
You also want to determine if all these catalogs have the same images in them. Checking the Folders panel in each catalog is a good start.
In general, there are a few things that are important to know about Lightroom before you start working in it:
-- It doesn't like duplicate photos (so when you import photos, turn on Don't Import Suspected Duplicates in the File Handling panel). So when you're ready to bring in your photos from the catalog you don't want to use into the catalog you do want to use, you want to make sure you're not bringing in images that are already in that catalog. To avoid doing this, you need to have command over which images are in which catalog.
-- The catalogs and the images are separate. Lightroom doesn't make copies of your images, it references your photos where you put them. It's best to organize your photos before importing them into Lightroom. When you move images that are already imported into Lightroom by moving them around via FInder, Lightroom needs to be referred to that new location.
-- Although you can have multiple catalogs, generally it's best to use one catalog. Although it might make sense to divide up your photos to catalogs if all your photos are business or personal, or something like similar, but you won't be able to access your photos across catalogs. It also can get chaotic quickly when you have a lot of catalogs and are importing photos into different catalogs.

One more thing. I recommend Julieanne Kost's Lightroom videos at tv.adobe.com. Her Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom3 - especially the Be Organized tutorial can be very very helpful. They're all free.

Hope this helps,
tina
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Tina, I sent this in an email but maybe I needed to put it here:

Hi Tina,
Thanks for your time! I've been following---best I'm able--- your email to me and and wanted to answer some of your questions.
'it sounds like your default download location is your Applications folder'
I don't think so---they do show up in the downloads folder and that's where I accessed the info to send you.

'If you have more than one version of Lightroom 3 installed,'
I've only installed it once--as far as I know! There was a problem early on ( a year ago)--I was dragging the LR window to make it smaller( my daughter and I were watching a tutorial and wanted LR to share the screen with the tutorial) and I must have swiped something in the Dock, the App zapped and half the folders in LR appeared to empty---the numbers next to the individual folder went to zero and went grey and the question marks of death appeared in many folders. I'm not sure what I did to get things going again but whatever it was is probably how I created this problem.

'Open each version of Lightroom, then look at the very top of the application, in the middle of the top line. That's the name of the open catalog. It's a good idea to write this down, with the version of Lightroom. If you cmd+click on that title, it will give you the location path for that catalog.'
The top of each says the same thing and has the same path: iMac--HD--user--matt zory--pictures--LR--backups (this must be the problem here)--{2010-10-07 0802} (my brackets)---Lightroom 3 Catalog.lrcat

'You also want to determine if all these catalogs have the same images in them. Checking the Folders panel in each catalog is a good start.'
I think they're the same---the names and numbers seem the same. But the processing info---is that the same? That's the important stuff isn't it?

'turn on Don't Import Suspected Duplicates in the File Handling panel)'
Oh yeah, that's done. I used Kelby's book to help me with set up. I WILL look up Kost's tutorial however.

'especially the Be Organized tutorial '
Is there one that covers be organized in life---that's the one I need.

'The catalogs and the images are separate Lightroom doesn't make copies of your images, it references your photos where you put them'
I did know that from the Kelby book.

'generally it's best to use one catalog'
NO ARGUMENT HERE!!

But what is going on with the 2 LR's? As I described ---probably NOT using the right language--- the LR I see in my Dock is the one I've been opening and working in. Yet, in my Applications folder there are two LR's, side by side, right next to the other Adobe products I've got. The oddball thing is that the one I usually use doesn't have the updates. The one that lives only in the Apps folder has the 3.6 version. Should I delete one? Ooooo, sounds scary. If you can get back to me before vacation---cool. If not---

Best,
Matt