It’s free. It holds and organizes tens of thousands of photos with ease. Apple throws in a few useful photo enhancement tools to keep us locked into the Apple way of life. What if you want a little more than what iPhoto delivers?
For example, lets say you have personal photos, your spouse or partner’s photos, or a whole bunch of very old photos you’d rather not have contaminate your iPhoto library but you need to keep them somewhere.
Enter multiple iPhoto libraries.
Here are two ways to do the deed and both are free. First up is Apple’s way. Hold down the Option key on your Mac’s keyboard and click the iPhoto icon in the Dock.
Instead of iPhoto you’ll get a pop up dialog box with a few options. One will let you select your current iPhoto library. Another will let you create a new iPhoto library and keep the old one. And, once you’ve created another iPhoto library, that one will be displayed, too.
Instantly, you have multiple iPhoto libraries, all safely stored on your Mac.
Or, add iPhoto Buddy to your Mac and make iPhoto library management a little easier.
The user interface is simple and straightforward. You can create as many iPhoto libraries as you can manage, and the libraries don’t even have to be stored on your Mac (but opened only one at a time).
iPhoto Buddy displays everything you need to know about each library– name, size, number of images, list of Albums and Smart Albums, and much more. It’s easier to setup and use than Apple’s built-in method to create multiple iPhoto libraries, but it’s free, too.