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Catalogue/Library Location on Mac



  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    When you say, "import feature" do you mean the Lightroom Migration Assistant?

    Photo RAW does not have a "library" in the same fashion as Lightroom. It is designed to be a browser. You simply navigate in PR's Browser module to the folder where the photos are stored on your system and you work with them from there.

    Photo RAW's internal databases are stored in your user data at ~/Library/Application Support/ON1. However, they are not accessible to the user from outside the program. They are encrypted SQL databases.

    The Knowledge Base article Lightroom Migration Tool - ON1 Photo RAW explains the details.

  • Pat Boran

    Many thanks for your reply. Apologies: I’m not certain yet of the terminologies of the new application. If I follow you correctly the application stores all the data of edits etc in the application itself rather than in an external/independent Library/Database. Does this then mean there is no way to switch back and forth between desktop and laptop use? Or, if so, does one have to clone/copy the application itself?

  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    All the edits and metadata changes you make to your photos get stored in 2 places by default. First, there is the internal database I mentioned above. The second place is in an .on1 sidecar file. Metadata also goes there and in an .xmp sidecar. The sidecars are what allow you to carry your edits between different machines or to work from an NAS that either of them can access.

    The internal data is not stored in the application itself. It is stored in your user data for the app. Take a look at the folder I mentioned above. This is what mine looks like. Yours will be cleaner as you probably don't have all the ON1 programs I'm running.

    Some of those folders (Common 2023 is one) are shared between the different apps. Otherwise each app's data is stored in its own folder. Go ahead and explore it in the Finder and you'll see the relationship between the data and the different program modules. Some of this stuff we can work with directly, others we cannot. As you become more proficient and learn about things like Extras you'll learn that too.

    You'll probably have to make the Library folder visible as the Finder hides it by default. Use the Finder's Go menu. If you don't see it there try Command-Shift-L to open its window.


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