iPhoto Buddy for Mac does a good job of integrating with iPhoto and providing the ability to work with multiple image libraries, something many Mac users will appreciate. While it solicits donations for long-term use, the program is available for free without any usage restrictions.
After a quick download, iPhoto Buddy for Mac installed into the Applications folder without any issues, although there was a donation request that needed to be dismissed. After starting the program for the first time, the user is shown a short tutorial page. Despite the application's basic purpose, the tutorial was very helpful and a nice touch for less experienced users. The interface is easy to navigate and mirrors the look and feel of iPhoto, itself. The main menu is small, but has clearly labeled buttons for adding and removing libraries. Users can also display and modify thumbnails and initiate iPhoto once the desired changes are made. The libraries create quickly and the integration with iPhoto was well thought out, and operated seamlessly. There is an option for placing password protection on libraries, too. Additionally, this application places a status menu in your menu bar, which provides instant access to your Libraries and data regardless of whether the main program is running or not.
For users who want to work with different iPhoto libraries, iPhoto Buddy for Mac integrates with iPhoto well, adding functionality to the Apple program.
Photo Buddy is a small Universal Mac OS X application that allows you to create and use more than one photo Library with Apple's iPhoto as well as with it's companion programs, iMovie and iDVD, iWeb, etc. The advantages of splitting your One Huge Photo Library into multiple, smaller ones include improved iPhoto performance, increased flexibility in organizing your digital photo collection, and a consistency with most other Mac applications that allow their respective data to be stored in as many files (documents) as you like.
iPhoto Buddy uses a simple, streamlined interface that was inspired by iPhoto itself. Anyone that has used iPhoto will immediately feel right at home using iPhoto Buddy. It truly is a companion application--a real buddy!
Also includes iPhoto Buddy Menu, a persistent Status Menu in your Mac's Menu Bar that provides instant access to each of your Libraries - even when iPhoto Buddy is not running.
What's new in this version:
- Added support for Aperture - launch any of your Libraries using Aperture (requires iPhoto 9.3 or later and Aperture 3.3 or later)
- Corrected an issue that prevented some newly-created Libraries from being properly added to the Library List
- Corrected an issue in iPhoto Buddy Menu that prevented the iMovie menu option from displaying and/or working properly on some systems.
- Improved compatibility with the new unified Library format used by iPhoto 9.3