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All the edits are saved in the Catalog file.
1) Nothing. LR will continue to save all edits and the like to the catalog file.
2)Do you mean what happens if you do save edits to the metadata? It saves it to the metadata in a XMP file for proprietary RAW files or to the image file itself with DNG, JPG, TIFF and PSD in a special place.
Note it also gets saved to the catalog whether or not you have that option checked or Use Ctrl/Command + s.
Just Shoot Me...Thanks for the response. Are you saying that the changes to metadata are saved to the catalog whether or not I do anything? That would be greatly reassuring if true. I guess I am a bit confused as to why all my photos (at least all the ones that I have added keywords, locations, etc. to) flash an icon telling me that my metadata needs to be saved. Is that simply to tell me that if I want to open these images in some other program (Photoshop, Bridge, etc) I will first have to save the changes I've made to metadata as an .xmp file?
Again, thanks very much.
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Yes the edits and all metadata changes are saved to the catalog file always.
That is because you have turned something on to show you that.
Personally I have the option to Auto write changes to XMP turned on. So I never see that message unless I edit a RAW file in ACR.
You can open the files in any program you like. But if you want the edits you have made to the file in LR to show in another Adobe RAW image editor, ACR, then you will need to do a Ctrl + s to save the edits to the metadata.
Thanks so much for your help. You have alleviated much anxiety!