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Yes, you can manually move the Camera Raw database by just copying the file and renaming it if moving between Mac and Windows.
There is really no point in moving the Bridge cache. Just rebuild it. No data is stored only in the Bridge cache.
Thanks for the pointers.
Follow up questions:
1. What should I rename the ACR database file for the Mac (it's "database" with no extension on Windows XP)?
2. I thought the Bridge cache is where keywords and ratings reside. Rebuilding the cache should regenerate thumbnails and previews, but it wouldn't bring keywords and ratings back, right?
Thanks for helping.
Anybody who could add some insight?
Since you said that you were also migrating from CS2 to CS3 I would have said that their cache files were incompatible. That is what I experienced with CS1, CS2, and CS3 in the past. But Thomas indicated it should work. I must be missing something.
The XMP files move fine for me. The local cache (folder) files have completely different names with each version and I see no evidence that they can be shared. This is also a problem with archived CDs. CS3 always has to rebuild cache if they were archived from CS1 or CS2.
Since the central cache must have some folder references, and this structure will be completely different on Mac, I dont see how it can work. It doesnt work for scripts or actions either.
So my humble recommendation is to set your preferences to store cache and XMP files in the local folders where possible. Then simply bite the bullet. Each time you visit a folder for the first time in the new environment, cache will be rebuilt.
Cheers, Rags :-)
I think I'll try copying over the ACR database file as Thomas Knoll suggested. I seem to recall having read somewhere that the database doesn't use path references for the RAW files. If that's true, then I can see how copying the database file may work.
I am still puzzled about the Bridge cache because I thought it contained not just thumbnails and previews, which could be rebuilt, but also keywords and ratings, which I didn't think could be rebuilt.