iPhoto Buddy
iPhoto Buddy
1.3.8

4.7

iPhoto Buddy free download for Mac

iPhoto Buddy

1.3.8
05 November 2013

Use multiple photo libraries with iPhoto.

Overview

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 Buddy. It truly is a companion application--a real buddy!

What's new in iPhoto Buddy

Version 1.3.8:
  • Corrected a bug that caused the iPhoto Buddy Menu item in Buddy's Preferences to be disabled when running under OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Addressed several minor cosmetic issues when running under OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Other minor performance/compatibility improvements.

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Emet1
20 January 2010

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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
mike-219
29 March 2017
iPhoto Buddy is an essential part of my publishing business. Each issue of Practical Farm Ideas www.farmideas.co.uk has its own photo library. The magazine has been going for 25 years, 4 issues a year, so I have 100 libraries each named with vol and issue i.e. 25-4 (my latest issue). All the pics I take are in the right issue library and each is divided into events and pics rated, and the whole lot backed up on an external drive. My problem comes with forced upgrades of the OS. iPhoto worked fine and fast on Snow Leopard 10.6.8 but it is very slow since the computer repair people upgraded the OS to 10.9.4. Loading each library now takes an age and reports of Photo have been very mixed. I'd like to thank iPhoto Buddy for creating such a simple to use and effective program which has all I need. Can't be improved.
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Version 1.3.8
Fultonkbd
05 December 2014
Great tool I wouldn't want to live without. I just downloaded the latest version for Mac OS Yosemite. I have donated a couple times over the years I have used this. If you use this tool definitely donate. The developer has keep it "Free" for years and regularly updates it.
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Version 1.3.8
3 answer(s)
Penguirl
Penguirl
12 June 2016
How do you even still have iPhoto? I upgraded from Snow Leopard through Yosemite and I haven't seen iPhoto in a long time. I have the atrocious Photos, I can only wish I still had iPhoto.
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Fultonkbd
Fultonkbd
13 June 2016
I still use iPhoto with El Capitan and iPhoto buddy continues to work with it. I use other apps (including Photos) but iPhoto still the one I use the most.
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Hermie
Hermie
15 August 2016
Yes, press the Dev's link Rick Neil at the top right and you'll find out the current version is actually 1.3.9, meaning it's still alive!
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f1-manchester
13 June 2012
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
1 answer(s)
Artytom
Artytom
17 June 2012
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.
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docwong
18 May 2012
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
16 February 2012
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
03 August 2011
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
1 answer(s)
Yohannon
Yohannon
30 December 2013
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.
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ben-marko
02 August 2011
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
27 November 2010
Been using it for quite some time, still great :-)
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Version 1.3.5
Px9-855
24 October 2010
Can someone confirm if this works for iPhoto from iLife '11? Thanks!
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Version 1.3.4
2 answer(s)
Pedro-Fardilha
Pedro-Fardilha
05 November 2010
Hi there. I can confirm that it doesn't.
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Version 1.3.4
Raneil
Raneil
25 November 2010
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. Rick
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Version 1.3.4
Morpher
19 September 2010
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