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iPhoto Library Manager for Mac

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Users with multiple digital photo storage areas may have difficulty working with them using traditional photo programs. While limited in terms of features, iPhoto Library Manager for Mac works well as a library manager.

Available as a free trial version with limitations that are not apparent, the full version requires payment of $29.95. The program's download and installation, in part due to the native installer, completed quickly, and setup required acceptance of a user agreement. Support for updates appeared to be available and, while there were no easily located instructions, the program's menus were easy to figure out. After the program automatically loads the photos available on the computer, the user can select from a number of buttons along the top row of the program. These allow creation of new libraries, adding existing libraries, and opening iPhoto for further editing. The graphics associated with the buttons are easy to read. Users can also merge libraries as well as locate and delete duplicate photos, a welcome option for those who are in need of hard drive space. While iPhoto Library Manager for Mac does not advertise itself as a photo editor, some basic editing features would have been a welcome addition to the program, rather than simply directing the user to iPhoto.

While limited in its functions, iPhoto Library Manager for Mac works well as a basic photo file manager.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of iPhoto Library Manager for Mac 4.0.6.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "AWESOME CUSTOMER SUPPORT!!"

    September 3, 2013  |   By ARDOMINGUEZ55

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 4.0.9

    Pros

    In addition to the software being solid, the customer service support "rocks". My iPhoto Library became corrupted (bug in iPhoto where in certain cases it writes out bad data to the AlbumData.xml file). The folks at Fat Cat Software knew of the error, and their most recent version of IPLM (4.0.9) used a different method for reading the library data then the version I had. They actually provided me a link to the newer version, and provided a new serial number for this version, free of charge. After downloading this newer version, I was able to display my library correctly.

    In the day when customer service satisfaction is mediocre or non existent, the time they spent and their helpfulness to correct the problem is so appreciated. I had many pictures, events, and albums that r special to me over the years and the thought of them being corrupted was disheartening.

    Buy their software! You won't be disappointed.

    Angel Dominguez

    Cons

    None that I am aware of.

    Summary

    Great Software
    Superb Customer Support
    They care about the individual
    How Refreshing!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work with Universal Libraries."

    August 15, 2013  |   By johndpatton

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 4.0.9

    Pros

    Nothing good to say here

    Cons

    You cannot use the product if you have a Universal Library (I.E. ever opened your library in Aperture.)

    Summary

    Does not work with Universal Libraries.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!"

    March 14, 2013  |   By shellmob

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 4.0.5

    Pros

    Easy to navigate, drag-and-drop intuitiveness

    Cons

    "any file size transfer" well, not exactly. it couldn't handle one library I was trying to make os 7GB, but I just did half at a time and it worked beautifully, so I can't really complain.

    Summary

    Fabulous program. I had a library of 7,000 photos (40+GB) that made me dread ever opening iPhoto. Now I can switch between individual libraries on the fly and rarely get bogged down anynmore. Has made off-loading my older stuff onto a backup drive so much simpler and cleaner! It got me 40+GB of hard drive space. Best $30 I've spent in a while.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "v.good but not excellent at finding duplicates"

    March 14, 2013  |   By CTS2

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 4.0.5

    Pros

    I bought it solely for the process of finding duplicates. It aided me immensely by finding hundreds--and worked far better than Duplicate Annihilator, a cheaper program I'd also tried.

    Cons

    It also failed to identify hundreds of duplicates, so the process had to be continued arduously and manually. So it's not a panacea for cleaning up your iPhoto library. ("Duplicates" are tricky to pin down, I gather, because they can vary by size, metadata, etc.)

    Summary

    I'm immensely grateful for what the program did, but there's lots of room for improvement, especially given the price. Again, I speak only of the duplicate-id functionality.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Couldn't get along without this."

    February 9, 2013  |   By jgreenfi1942

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 4.03

    Pros

    Eliminates the need to keep slow-loading, humungous libraries by easily creating, organizing, and accessing smaller, more specialized libraries. Displays contents (albums) of all your libraries without having to open each one, then allows you to drag-and-drop to copy albums among libraries. The copying does require opening and closing the libraries involved, but the application handles that for you. Creating new libraries is a snap, as is renaming libraries. The app also keeps track of where libraries are located, even on unmounted disks.

    Cons

    Can't think of any, unless I mention the small nuisance of having to rebuild libraries created by older versions. But that is a small price to pay for frequent updates. I've been using the manager for years, and if there have been any paid upgrades, they have been so infrequent that I don't recall the last one.

    Summary

    This is a must-have application for any power user of iPhoto. Capable, efficient, and intuitive. It should be included in iPhoto itself, but if it were, I'd probably be complaining about Apple's imperious and arbitrary development of it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great little program"

    February 9, 2013  |   By glwade

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 4.03

    Pros

    Worked when I needed it

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    Saved my bacon several times with corrupted libraries.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "So far, so good - appears rather brilliant actually."

    January 9, 2013  |   By davidtoyne1

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 4.0.1

    Pros

    a great advance over 3

    Cons

    A rather steep learning curve

    Summary

    More time needed to evaluate

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Did what I needed"

    December 27, 2012  |   By btrikojus

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 4.0.1

    Pros

    After a year away I needed to merge 3 iPhoto libraries and keep them sorted into events etc. This did the job and was quite intuitive.

    Cons

    Some of the documentation was a bit confusing.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "crashes on large libraries"

    September 30, 2012  |   By reagan9000

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 3.8.4

    Pros

    None unfortunately.

    Cons

    Downloaded the app to move some photos (with metadata) from my default iPhoto 9.4 library with >14,000 photos to a new empty library. Hangs for 10 minutes, then crashes.

    Summary

    Unfortunately, the app does not work with my large iPhoto library.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Loved (emphasis on the past tense) it"

    June 23, 2012  |   By mrsmouselips

    Version: iPhoto Library Manager 3.8

    Pros

    Easy way to switch between iPhoto libraries
    Great way to move photos between libraries

    Cons

    Since upgrade to iPhoto 9.3 unable to move photos between libraries or to add libraries created with the new version of iPhoto.

    Summary

    What a shame this program no longer functions properly with the new version of iPhoto. I've upgraded both programs to the most recent versions with no success. Unable to create add libraries created with the new version of iPhoto to iPhoto Manager and can no longer transfer pictures between libraries. Unless this issue is resolved the program is for all intents and purposes useless to me.

    Updated on Jun 23, 2012

    iPhoto Manager works again with no glitches. Had to uninstall iPhoto Manager, download a new .dmg from website and reinstall. Love this program so am very glad it is now working as it should. Now it deserves 5 stars.

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