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iPhoto Buddy allows you to use more than one photo library with Apple's iPhoto as well as with its companion programs, iMovie and iDVD. 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 store 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 more...

What's New

Version 1.3.7:
  • Added support for Aperture: open/edit 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 more...


  • OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • iPhoto 2.0 or later
  • Optional: iMovie 3.0 or later, iDVD 3.0 or later, iWeb 1.0 or later, Aperture 3.3 or later

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f1_manchester Member IconReview+1

I just found out about this program few days ago. I don't know how I have been living with out it. It's brilliant. Will be donating soon. Please keep up the good work.

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Version 1.3.6

I've been using it for years and had forgotten to donate. So thanks for the reminder. I just downloaded it again and made my donation via paypal.

docwong Member IconReview+0

I'd definitely rate this a 5/5!!! It does just what I want it to, organizing all of my photos and video clips! Man, what do you do with a TB of photos??? What a mess it was before!

Now it's all good. And now with the updates, even better. Thanks Rick for sharing. I finally did my donation and you should too!!!

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Version 1.3.6
Studiodave56 Member IconReview+77

With the menu bar icon and the ability to switch on the fly while iPhoto is running I will find myself using this for a lot of things I want to keep separate. I only have 7,000 photos but deciding them up will make it nice. That is just the iPhoto part I haven't even started looking into the iMovie or iDVD part. Having it also work with iTunes would be very nice, hint, hint.

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Version 1.3.6
Neploleppard Member IconComment+23

Honestly, I still have no idea why anyone is still commenting on how wonderful this app is. Either you don't know how to use your software, or you're a friend (obviously) of the developer. Way to go MacUpdate for not having filters!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

IPHOTO ALREADY HAS THIS BUILT IN!!! Don't clutter your hard drive with nonsense that does what your computer is made to do already.

What's next? An app that lets me open a new window to chat in iChat?

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Version 1.3.6

Here's an update as to why people are raving about this utility:

Sure, after an inexplicable period of time, Apple finally added the ability to create and switch libraries. But, here's a conundrum; how do you move photos and videos from one library to another?

Well, the iPhoto 9.5.1 help says:

1 - Export the photos from one library.

This doesn’t delete the photos from the library.

2- Switch to the library you want to add them to. (See task above.)

3 - Import the photos into the new library.

Now, this might be okay for a few photos, but when first dealing with splitting your library up it's crude, inelegant, and surprisingly un-Apple.

This utility allows me to move whole albums and events straight from one library to another. And it's FREE. So yeah, five stars for solving a problem that Apple should have.

Ben-Marko Member IconReview+299

Very nice, very stable. Much easier to use than iPhoto Library Manager, but that does have more features. I was looking for something very simple and scaled down, this fits the bill nicely.

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Version 1.3.6
Maclover1.1 Member IconReview+740

Been using it for quite some time, still great :-)

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Version 1.3.5
Px9-855 Member IconComment+178

Can someone confirm if this works for iPhoto from iLife '11?


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Version 1.3.4

Hi there.

I can confirm that it doesn't.

Rick Neil (Developer)

Yes, the current version of iPhoto Buddy (1.3.4) mostly works fine with iLife '11. That is to say Buddy's primary functionality (creating and switching between multiple iPhoto Libraries) works fine. However, Apple has once again modified iPhoto's Library format, and I will need to release an update to iPhoto Buddy to properly display Library details in Buddy's Info Panel. I hope to have such an update available on the iPhoto Buddy website later today.


Morpher Member IconReview+7

Great little utility -- I wouldn't be without it. I've used it for years with utter reliability. It gives me the ability to create and user individual iPhoto libraries for different categories of pictures -- I have about 30 covering professional and personal use. It is quick and easy to use.

This is much safer than albums within a single database which is how iPhoto works. For me, one big database is risky. Damage or lose it and you've lost the lot. With multiple databases, any loss will be small.

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Version 1.3.4
Emet1 Member IconReview+26

Just when you think they've run out of ways to make this app even more awesome...
Like many people, I've been using this for years and it is still one of my go-to apps. I've recommended it to other iPhoto users and my mom couldn't keep track of her photos without it.
You are going to love the imspired addition of iPB menu.
This is more than an addition really, it will change how you use both iPhoto & iPhotoBuddy entirely.
I just installed the iPB update and it works flawlessly. (I'm running 10.5.8)
Just launch the app, go to the prefs, click on the iPB Menu button and Enable the Menu and Enable at Login, click OK. There it is, whenever I need to get to a library.
It streamlines your workflow because you don't have to launch iPB first, then iPhoto. Seems like the only time you need to actually launch iPB is when you need to add a new library. It uses very little system resources and doesn't seem to slow down my startup.
Rick Neil is one of my heroes. He gave us a great app, supports it, improves it and only asks for donations.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Send this guy some money.

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Version 1.3.3
Yosemitesam Member IconReview+2

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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Date 04 Nov 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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