I have backed up my Lightroom 3 catalog onto a passport external hard drive. At times I need to work on photos from that catalog on my new Macbook Pro on LR CC. If I try to access the photos on the passport they show as already imported (not true). Also, even if I could, the edits I had done on the PC would be lost. How can I access the photos from the PC catalog on the mac? I would like to be able to avoid importing all the photos onto the MAC hard drive, but I will if I have to. I assume the problem lies with that MAC vs PC formatting but I don't know how to get around that. Thanks!
Please read the link provided by Tanuj
I would like to be able to avoid importing all the photos onto the MAC hard drive, but I will if I have to.
Let me add that importing the photos would be completely wrong in this case, and would make your life miserable. Do not Import!
The best solution (in my opinion) is to install Lightroom CC on both computers, and then upgrade (not import) the LR3 catalog to a LR CC catalog. To do this, you open Lightroom CC, and then use the menu command File->Open Catalog and point to your Lightroom 3 catalog.
Now ... pop quiz ... should you import the photos or not????