iPhoto Buddy
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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
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 some systems.
  • Improved compatibility with the new unified Library format used by iPhoto 9.3+ and Aperture 3.3+.
  • Improve compatibility with OS X 10.9.
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 more...
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • 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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iPhoto Buddy User Discussion (Write a Review)
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f1_manchester reviewed on 12 Jun 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.
[Version 1.3.6]

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Artytom replied on 17 Jun 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 reviewed on 17 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!!!
[Version 1.3.6]


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Studiodave56 reviewed on 16 Feb 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.
[Version 1.3.6]


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Neploleppard commented on 03 Aug 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?
[Version 1.3.6]

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Yohannon replied on 30 Dec 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 reviewed on 02 Aug 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.
[Version 1.3.6]


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Maclover1.1 reviewed on 27 Nov 2010
Been using it for quite some time, still great :-)
[Version 1.3.5]


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Neploleppard tipped on 26 Nov 2010
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Press and hold the option key when starting up/opening iPhoto to activate this feature, it's already present in iPhoto. This application isn't necessary. iPhoto does it for you. It has for years. The 2011 version works the same, too.
[Version 1.3.4]

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Carlos-Sz replied on 26 Nov 2010
This program does more than this:

1. When you close iPhoto Buddy, it restores your default library so when you open iPhoto next time you don't have to select it

2. It automatically mount a disk if necessary
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Px9-855 commented on 24 Oct 2010
Can someone confirm if this works for iPhoto from iLife '11?

Thanks!
[Version 1.3.4]

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Pedro-Fardilha replied on 05 Nov 2010
Hi there.

I can confirm that it doesn't.
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Rick Neil (developer) replied on 25 Nov 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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Morpher reviewed on 18 Sep 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.
[Version 1.3.4]


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Emet1 reviewed on 19 Jan 2010
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.
[Version 1.3.3]


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riDerz had trouble on 12 Dec 2007
I have just upgraded to Leopard. During the upgrade, I decided to change from my last simple iPhoto library to iPhoto Buddy.
Never got it to work. Always got this message when I try to launch it.
"An exception of class NilObjectException was not handled. The application must shut down."
Am running a 1.33Ghz Powerbook G4, Leopard, iLife 08. installed the developer tools as well.
Anyone seeing the same problem?
[Version 1.3]

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LissaInKnoxville (developer) replied on 13 Aug 2008
I also had the "exception of class NilObjectException" issue after I installed iPhoto Buddy 1.3 on a MacPro running OS 10.5.4. I emailed the iPhoto Buddy developer and here is the fix he told me:

"This is usually resolved by deleting iPhoto Buddy's Preferences file (be sure to quit Buddy first). Buddy will the create a new one the next time it's launched.

The file is located here: /Users/YOUR_USER_NAME/Library/Preferences/iPhoto Buddy/IB Prefs. Rick"

That fixed it...wonder why I didn't think of it??
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Roy-Van-Der-Woning had trouble on 03 Oct 2007
Fails to show the contents of iPhoto libraries with version number 7.1. When selected, it just says "Loading" in the bottom right panel, but doesn't get past that stage.

I still have a couple of version 7.0.1 libraries which work fine with iPhoto Buddy, but get upgraded to 7.1 as soon as I open them with the current version of iPhoto. So eventually, iPhoto Buddy won't be able to tell me the contents of any of my libraries.
[Version 1.2.8]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 03 Oct 2007
Contact the developer here:

info@iphotobuddy.com
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Roy-Van-Der-Woning replied on 03 Oct 2007
Done.
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Roy-Van-Der-Woning replied on 16 Oct 2007
Alas, no response from the developer...

Eat_A_Peach rated on 19 Apr 2014

[Version 1.3.7]



Kluijten rated on 05 Jan 2014

[Version 1.3.7]



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Steven_Sky rated on 03 Sep 2013

[Version 1.3.6]



Joel2649 rated on 14 Dec 2012

[Version 1.3.6]



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Pyroplastic rated on 10 Dec 2011

[Version 1.3.6]



Excellentone rated on 16 Aug 2011

[Version 1.3.6]



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Gpllp rated on 06 Feb 2011

[Version 1.3.5]


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Version Downloads:22,079
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Free
Date:04 Nov 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 Buddy. It truly is a companion application--a real buddy!


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