I am using a Mac G5 with Panther as my Desk top. I have a Macbook Pro lap top with Panther. I am using Iview Media Pro version 3.0.1. I also have the Lightroom software, which is as yet uninstalled, if that could be of any help in this process.
Lightroom won't run on Panther (OS X 10.3.x) so you'd need to update your OS to use that (but you'd probably want to keep using iView anyway). In fact, didn't the MacBook Pro come out after Panther? Are you SURE
you're using Panther on both? Not Tiger (10.4.x) or Leopard (10.5.x)?
It's probably worth updating to the latest iView MediaPro (3.1.3) even if you don't go to Expression Media yet. Just go to the iView site and download the update.
I would like to move my images to an external hard drive, transfer my existing catalogs to my laptop and have them be able to find the images on the new drive. Is this possible and how do I do it?
In any case, with iView all you should need to do is exactly what you've described. Copy the folders containing the images to your external hard drive (of course, each drive should have its own volume name so the software knows which drive is connected). Copy the .ivc files to your laptop.
On the laptop with the external drive connected, open the catalog in iView. In the Organise panel under Catalog Folders it'll tell you the image folders can't be found. Right-click and use Reset Folder Path to tell it where the folders have been moved to.
In older versions of MediaPro, Reset Folder Path had some bugs where it lost track of things, thus my suggestion to upgrade MediaPro first. Once you're sure it's behaving properly, you can safely get rid of the old versions of the files sitting on your desktop system.