Photos can manage many tens of thousands of photographs, but the same problems that plagued iPhoto plague its replacement. Duplicates. And, managing multiple Photos libraries. Enter PowerPhotos, the Mac app that helps you create and manage multiple Photos libraries, search through photos without having to open Photos, view photo metadata, and, the all important find duplicate photos.
Is that all?
Not quite. Photos also has a few extra tricks to help you migrate multiple iPhoto and Aperture photo libraries to the new Photos app.
Photos lets you create multiple photo library the old fashioned way. Press the Option key while clicking to start Photos. You’ll be presented with a dialog box to Open or Create a Photos library. Repeat to bounce back and forth between multiple libraries.
PowerPhotos makes that process much easier with the option to split a large photo collection across several Photos libraries. The built-in image browser lets you view photos in each library without even having to open Photos.
All the basic photo metadata is visible in the browser, too, and duplicates can be found across multiple libraries just as easily. PowerPhotos is from the developer who brought iPhoto Library Manager to iPhoto users.
If you’re on a budget you can manage multiple Photos libraries the old fashioned way. Way back in iPhotos, and kept in Photos, is Apple’s built-in method for storing and managing multiple photo libraries.
It’s crude, has no features like Photos whatsoever, but it works. Hold down the Option key while clicking on Photos in the Dock. The popup dialog box makes it easy to create additional photo libraries and open the one you want, but that’s it. PowerPhotos has the features you want and need and is worth the learning curve and the nominal price tag.