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"Add Some Photos" Window

john w c

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After updating to Classic 11.3, LR only opens to a “Add Some Photos” window. My catalog does not open. To open LR with my catalog I must click my Lightroom Catalog. Ircat folder. Can I bypass this “Add Some Photos” window and open LR with my catalog as usual by selecting the LR icon in the dock? Thanks
 

Johan Elzenga

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That "Add Some Photos" is not Lightroom, but probably Apple Photos. Do not use it. You can still launch Lightroom from the dock, but because the name was changed ('CC' was dropped) the dock icon has become disconnected. Remove the current dock icon (drag it off the dock), launch Lightroom by double clicking the catalog and then right-click the new dock icon and choose 'Options - Keep in dock'.
 

Califdan

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Actually, if you are opening a new, empty, catalog LR will display a "Click the Import button to begin" message where the grid usually is.

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If this is what you get as opposed to the Apple Photos idea mentioned by Johan, then you are opening the wrong catalog. In this case, close LR, then using Finder double click on the most recent good catalog (usually in Pictures -> Lightroom) - rather than the empty one - to open that catalog. If you have upgraded LR from an earlier version recently LR may tell you that the catalog needs to be updated to the latest version. If that happens let it do so.

After LR opens it should look just like you remember with all your previous work in place. Be sure that your latest imports and edits are present to assure you have the right catalog. Go to the General tab on the Edit (Lightroom on mac) menu and change the "default catalog" to the currently open one. I like to set this to a specific catalog path and name rather than setting it to "most recent" in case for some reason I needed to open some other catalog for some arcane reason this will prevent it from mistakenly continue to open that other catalog on subsequent launches.
 
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To add to Califdan comment, I use a shortcut that points to the catalog itself (the .lrcat file) instead of the default shortcut that points to the LR program. That way, I'm sure to always open the correct catalog...even if LR's name is changed !
BTW, this seems more logical to me, because what I really want to open is the catalog, starting LR to open it is a OS task.
When using multiple catalogs, just create a shortcut per catalog.
 
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