I was impressed with iPhoto Library Manager ($19.95) from the moment that I first started using it, but that admiration went up a notch today when they announced that it was already iPhoto 08 compatible.
In what seems to be a never ending task I am once again in the middle of moving my photographs around. This time I want to have them all in one central place, which means that I have a number of separate iPhoto libraries that I want to consolidate into one main library.
At the same time I quite like the idea of keeping the libraries separate. That may seem strange so I will try and explain…..
I have recently started to use different libraries on different Macs for different ‘projects’ e.g. AlmerimarLife photographs, Client photographs, Mac related photographs etc.
While I want to have one central iPhoto library that shows all of my photographs, especially now that iPhoto 08 allows you to determine which you do and don’t want to view, I also like the idea of only having certain photographs in specific libraries.
Step forward the excellent iPhoto Library Manager!
As you can see iPhoto Library Manager allows you to add a number of separate libraries into one ‘pool’, and then it is as easy as a click on the radio button next to the specific library and then the Relaunch iPhoto button and hey presto, iPhoto opens up with just that library.
I think the single most impressive and useful feature is the ability to merge libraries.
I have lost track of the number of times in the past that I have ‘lost’ the meta data associated with the library when moving it, so this feature was a total god send for me! Easy to use, effective and efficient it was such a joy to add the library then with a couple of clicks merge them and watch the new photos with all their meta data appear in the main library – bliss!
Of course, if you can merge you would expect to be able to split a large library and you can. Switching between libraries is very simple as well. Other features include:
Info at a Glance – See at a glance what albums are in each of your libraries, as well as their version, modification date, and size Share and Share Alike – Set your library’s permissions so that it can be used by multiple users on the same machine In Sync – Sync photos from multiple libraries with your iPod Automate It – Customize your photo workflow using built-in Applescript support and Automator actions Direct Import – Import photos directly into a particular library with filtering and metadata options Making Copies – Copy photos from one library to another while retaining titles, comments, keywords, ratings, and dates Merge Your Acquisitions – Merge multiple libraries together into one Photo First Aid – Rebuild or extract photos from corrupted iPhoto libraries
All in all a very very impressive application that I am using a lot, can’t fine fault with and would happily recommend.
Recent Press Release
Fat Cat Software has updated iPhoto Library Manager to version 3.3, providing full compatibility with iPhoto ’08. Users can now utilize all of the program’s features with Apple’s newest version of iPhoto, including copying albums between libraries while preserving photo metadata and merging multiple libraries together into one. Basic library management is provided for free, and advanced features are enabled by purchasing a copy for $19.95. The update is free for existing registered users.
iPhoto Library Manager is a tool for iPhoto users to easily divide their photo collection among multiple iPhoto libraries, instead of being required to keep all their photos in a single library. Users can keep libraries anywhere they choose, including on an external or networked drive.
In addition to creating and switching between libraries, iPhoto Library Manager allows users to copy albums of photos from one library to another while preserving their keywords, ratings, and other photo metadata, or to merge multiple libraries together into one. Library shortcuts provide an easy way to open a library quickly, and iPhoto Library Manager can be used to rebuild or extract photos from a corrupted library.
A single user license for iPhoto Library Manager can be purchased for $19.95 and provides access to all the features of the program. Basic library switching is compatible with all versions of iPhoto, and all photo copying features require iPhoto 4.0.3 or later. iPhoto Library Manager is a universal binary and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Fat Cat Software is run by Brian Webster and has been creating software for the Mac OS X platform since 2004.
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