Introduction to Lightroom Catalog
If you are a lightroom user, you might have noticed that whatever editing you do to the images in lightroom, you can easily undo it. It is called non-destructive editing — incase you didn’t know. Lightroom uses a catalog to store all the editing information. Lightroom catalog serves as a database of all editing information. When you edit photos in lightroom, nothing is applied to those images. Instead, it stores all the information to the catalog. This process makes lightroom a non-destructive photo editing application. So, if you lose the catalog, you will lose all the editing information you have done on your images in lightroom.
A common issue lightroom users face when they upgrade light room 3.4 (or lower versions) to lightroom 4.1 is not knowing how to upgrade the old version of lightroom catalog. After you install lightroom 4.1, it shows an incompatible catalog. This is due to several changes that have been made in lightroom 4.1.
Steps to upgrade old catalog
Below are the 2 simple steps to upgrade your old catalog.
Step 1: Locate the destination folder of your catalog (The default location in Windows 7 is libraries/Pictures/Lightroom) Open the folder and right click on Lightroom 3 catalog and click open in lightroom
Step 2: Lightroom will now ask you to select a destination of your new catalog. By default, it overwrites the old catalog. I recommend you to choose another destination OR make a backup of the old one. Once use select the destination, click upgrade
Lightroom will now upgrade your old catalog. This may take some time depending on the size of your old catalog.
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