It’s the de facto app for Mac users to store and manage photos, and many of us have tens of thousands of photos stuck in the iPhoto library. Here are two ways to manage multiple iPhoto libraries.
The first is with the iPhoto Library Manager app. This one has been around a few years and gives Mac users an easier way to manage multiple iPhoto libraries. That’s right. Multiple iPhoto libraries.
Here’s what it looks like. Notice the multiple libraries in the left sidebar.
As Mac apps go, iPhoto Library Manager isn’t intimidating and has a gentle learning curve. Creating and managing multiple iPhoto libraries is simple and requires just a few clicks and a library name.
It’s a good way to archive old photos, or segregate libraries, or categorize by project or whatever. It’s also a good way to search for specific photos through all the libraries without using iPhoto.
Photos can be copied from one library to another, and iPhoto Library Manager has an option to find duplicate photos (regardless of the library), rebuild corrupted libraries (it happens), and merge iPhoto libraries.
If you’re interested in managing multiple iPhoto libraries, iPhoto Library Manager is the best app available. That said, there’s a poor man’s way to create and open multiple iPhoto libraries, but without all the bells and whistles.
Hold down the Option key and click to open iPhoto. You’ll be presented with a pop up dialog box. Use that to create multiple iPhoto libraries. That’s all it will do, but the price is right.