I check out new apps. I’m willing to change my day-to-day methods to improve the workflow. And, I’ve got too many photos stuffed into iPhoto. And it’s a pain to manage all those photos without devoting a whole Saturday to cleaning up the mess. There’s a better way.
Just as iPhoto or iTunes are tools to manage photos and music, so iPhoto Library Manager helps Mac users manage unwieldy photo libraries.
I’ve been using this useful app for a few days while I clean up and organize my iPhoto libraries. Libraries? As in plural? Yes. That’s the first major feature in iPhoto Library Manager. Multiple libraries make for better organization, less clutter, easier usage.
You’ll also love the simple feature that lets you see which albums reside in which libraries. Individual libraries in iPhoto can be set with different permissions so that others on your network can have access (or not).
You won’t use it often, but the option to merge libraries becomes very handy as you can segregate your photos from another family member, or separate family photos from your semi-professional I-have-an-expensive-DSLR photos.
One click lets you switch from one library to another. It’s nearly as easy to copy photos from one library to another and keep titles, ratings, dates, keywords, and comments.
Of course, a large, unwieldy library can be split into smaller, more easily managed libraries.
Preferences are extensive, though not cumbersome or unintelligible. Once you set them, it’s mostly forget them.
Possibly as important as any of the major features in iPhoto Library Manager are the options to sync photos from multiple libraries to your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
Take a quick look at the library and albums in iPhoto on your Mac. If it’s messy, you need an app to organize it. You’ll still need to devote some time to the clean up and organization process, but iPhoto Library Manager gives you a trial option so you can see how much it can do.