I'm looking at purchasing a new computer and making the swing from PC to Mac. Currently, I'm running Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 4 on my PC. If I switch to a Mac, what are the implications? Can my Lightroom catalogs on my PC be easily transferred? Will I be forced to upgrade to creative cloud?
Lightroom is easily transferred, and your license is cross-platform. Things to consider when moving to a new computer:
Photoshop licenses are not cross-platform. You can still purchase Photoshop CS6, I think.
You can still purchase Photoshop CS6, I think.
Whether it's worth upgrading to 2.5 year old superseded software is up to the purchaser.
Link: Creative Suite 6
The $10/month Cloud Photography Plan (PS CC 2014 + LR5 + LR mobile) may be worth considering