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When you upgrade a new catalog is created e.g. MyCatalog-2. Your old LR5 catalog is not overwritten and is still available to use if you wish to go back to LR5. It’s just that any work you do in LR6 is not backward compatible.
You can use the free trial by installing Creative Cloud. If you decide you prefer to purchase the stand alone LR6 rather than taking out a subscription, you can serialize the trial to convert it to stand-alone without any further installation.
No it does not. When installing and starting LR 6 for the first time it sees your LR 5 catalog, makes a copy of it and converts that copy to a LR 6 catalog. It does not touch the original, REAL, LR 5 catalog so you can still use it with LR 5. But the LR 6 catalog only works, loads, into LR 6.
Yes, your catalog needs to be upgraded for Lightroom 6, but you will still have the old Lightroom 5.7 catalog with you to use in Lightroom 5.7. As Lightroom is just going to create another copy of your catalog which would be compatible with Lightroom 6.
Lightroom 6 catalog will not work with Lightroom 5.7 as there is no backward compatibility.
Lightroom 6 works the same way with Photoshop as Lightroom 5.7.
Please check Lightroom 6 new features:http://www.lynda.com/articles/new-photoshop-lightroom-cc-lightroom-6
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Thank you. I'm reassured. I did find that I could go from my LR 5 to "edit in Photoshop" so I guess the trial will work.
the extra information on serializing the trial could be useful too.