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.
iPhoto Library Manager allows you to organize your photos among multiple iPhoto libraries, rather than having to store all of your photos in one giant library. You can browse the photos in all your libraries directly from iPhoto Library Manager and search across all your libraries to help track down a particular photo.
iPLM also gives you the ability to copy your photos from one library to another, while keeping track of photo metadata that is normally lost when exporting from one library and importing into another. You can split up a large library into multiple smaller libraries, merge entire libraries together into a big one, or rebuild a corrupt library that is causing iPhoto to hang or crash. It can also analyze your libraries for duplicate photos, showing them to you side by side and letting you get rid of extra copies of photos that you no longer need.