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iPhoto Buddy for Mac

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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.

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All User Reviews

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I could not see the benefit of the app for my work"

    December 13, 2010  |   By qwst_eroot

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.5

    Pros

    I can't see any. As someone has already stated, I can do everything that the app supposes in iPhoto already.

    Cons

    I am running OSX 10.6.5 completely to date. This may be why I had so much trouble getting the application to go. I printed the manual to be sure that I was doing everything the way the program liked it. However, I could not get it function properly.

    Summary

    I would say that if you are operating with Snow Leopard and iLife/iWork 08 up, this app will not be easy to work with. Get out the iPhoto manual and you will find ways to do what it is that you are looking for.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Didn't like it"

    December 11, 2010  |   By R. Ashton

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.5

    Pros

    Didn't find any

    Cons

    Can make albums in iPhoto that does, essentially, the same thing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So easy to use."

    December 11, 2010  |   By judyu_dotmac

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.5

    Pros

    It's nice to be able to quickly and easily go back and forth between all my iPhoto libraries. I keep it open all the time.

    Cons

    There isn't anything I don't like.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent for managing more than one iPhoto Library"

    December 5, 2010  |   By Kerry Dawson

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.5

    Pros

    This is a very easy to use piece of software that quickly allows you to choose between different photo libraries.

    Cons

    I really can say nothing negative against this software

    Summary

    If you have 1000's upon 1000's of photos, you might want to break them up into smaller libraries. This software allows you to easily switch between libraries.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "simple to use and it works !"

    October 15, 2010  |   By lukssi

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.4

    Pros

    gives the possibility to manage multiple libraries easily

    Cons

    none that I can think of right now

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice to have all my libraries available at a click."

    October 12, 2010  |   By judyu_dotmac

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.4

    Pros

    I don't have to click through my many drives to find the iPhoto library I want. I can see them all in one window.

    Cons

    I haven't found anything.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great photo library manager"

    October 5, 2010  |   By Dave1944-

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.4

    Pros

    I have been using iPhoto Buddy for years. It has helped me group sets of photos, like my thousands of shots taken over a year in Australia, so I don't have one monster, slow-loading library, which iPhoto would have me do.
    Plain and simple, it works.

    Cons

    What's not to like?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Gives me many iPhoto libraries and manages faultlessly"

    September 18, 2010  |   By marketyman

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.4

    Pros

    I work with photos both professionally and personally. iPhoto Buddy allows me to many different category libraries and access them individually. More libraries = safety. iiPhoto Buddy is totally reliable in my experience of many years of use.

    Cons

    Haven't struck a negative.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Unbelievably Great App!"

    October 24, 2009  |   By AuntiGramma

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've been using iPhoto Buddy since about Version 1.1 (at least 5 years). As an educator, web-rookie; designer; animator; (among the many hats I wear using digital photos), I use (or support others using) several versions of Mac OS X and of iPhoto/iLife. I encourage all my clients and students to use iPhoto Buddy.
    I am still in awe, with every iP update that Apple hasn't taken up this idea. Those of you who prefer to quit iPhoto, reopen holding the option key, and then browse for your other libraries each time you want to change -- more power to you, but I much prefer to have my list of libraries in one place from which I can relaunch the iPhoto library I need in one step. I have several different categories of photos -- Family shots; Professional photography; school yearbook client website photos; stop-motion animation libraries; to name a few.
    Moreover, without having to open each library, I iPhoto Buddy shows me exactly which albums, books, slideshows; how many "items" (pix & movies); which iPhoto version; etc., etc.
    Don't know how I'd function without iPhoto Buddy!
    Thank you for keeping it freeware. I encourage all to donate.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wonderful Product"

    May 16, 2009  |   By orlans108

    Version: iPhoto Buddy 1.3.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This free application worked so well for dividing up an overcrowded iPhoto Library that I donated.
    It's much easier than switching libraries via the built-in Mac way. The interface is well thought out and attractive, and the users manual is extensive. It's great!

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