iPhoto Library Manager
iPhoto Library Manager
4.2.7

4.3

iPhoto Library Manager free download for Mac

iPhoto Library Manager4.2.7

26 May 2017

Manage multiple iPhoto libraries and find duplicate photos.

Overview

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, without having to open each library in iPhoto just to see its photos, and search across all your libraries to help track down a particular photo.

Features:
  • Multiple iPhoto libraries. iPhoto Library Manager lets easily create libraries to split up your collection, avoiding iPhoto slowdowns.
  • Smarter searching. iPhoto Library Manager lets you search for photos across one library or many. You don't even need to launch iPhoto.
  • Copy photos and metadata. Put everything in its right place by dragging and dropping images from library to library.
  • Nix the dupes. Need to identify and remove duplicate photos across multiple libraries? iPhoto Library Manager does it quickly and easily.
  • Merge libraries. Take entire libraries and merge them together into one, eliminating duplicates in the process.
  • FIx iPhoto corruption. Use iPhoto Library Manager to rebuild your library from scratch while retaining all your iPhoto organization and metadata.

What's new in iPhoto Library Manager

Version 4.2.7:
  • Fixed a crash when calculating library sizes on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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58 Reviews of iPhoto Library Manager

Pablito
05 May 2009
Version: 3.5

Most helpful

the only feature that I miss is one that we used to have with iPhoto Diet, that is a way to delete originals once you have modified versions of the photo. I hope to see something like this soon in this software that is amazing!!
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Zicola
08 October 2016
Version: 4.2.5
Si vous voulez créer plusieurs bibliothèques, voir ici : https://support.apple.com/kb/PH15263?viewlocale=fr_FR&locale=fr_FR Et c'est gratuit
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5
zaydon
04 November 2015
Version: 4.2.2
Just in case you missed it. A iPhotoLibraryManager license entitles you to a registered copy of PowerPhotos 1.1. Pretty awesome dev. I was able to merge three iPhoto libraries into one Photos library with PowerPhotos.
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nory1
16 September 2015
Version: 4.2.1
Will this app help me regularly sync my iPhoto libraries from one external drive to another? I moved iPhoto to an external drive to free up space on my Mac. I've also backed it up to another drive, so I have two copies of my libraries. I'm probably going to buy Library Manager anyway, because the features sound very useful, but I'm wondering if it will allow me to sync the files on the two drives, without having to back up the whole thing every time? I've never done this external drive stuff (other than my Time Machine backup), so I have no idea how it works :-\
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Foulger
10 May 2015
Version: 4.2.1
Should this excellent application now be called Photos Library Manager or alternatively cater for both apps?
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5
florisvermeulen
26 April 2015
Version: 4.2
Dear all, my iPhoto library failed to load and it was six months since my last proper back-up (I know, bad habits) and I panicked. Someone recommended iPLM and I gave it a try. First repair efforts were not conclusive and I approached their customer service after checking the FAQ. The team very patiently led me through various steps to see what might be the issue and hey presto a few days later I have my library rebuilt with all 43,000+ photos available again in iPhoto. This is really easy to use software which is actually much more powerful than the simple user interface and straightforward menu options would indicate at first glance. Much kudos to the developers for providing a computing numb-nut like me with a tool that could save my precious family pics and fill the gaps that Apple has left in their software. Many thanks indeed.
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Zicola
03 October 2014
Version: 4.1.8
Plantage à l'ouverture Version 4.1.8
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2.5
wintermute
04 August 2014
Version: 4.1.7
Be VERY cautious with this software. I have found that its automatic duplicate matching does not work well. You can easily delete thousands of your photos and not realize it until it is too late. Even using it's most conservative "exact match" settings, it would still flag clearly different photos and movies as being identical and thus select some to be trashed. This tool may be okay for merging libraries, but do not trust its matching algorithms. Duplicate Annihilator seems to work much better at looking for actual duplicates, but it is trickier to use and much slower... but if you value your photos, better safe than sorry. And always back-up your libraries before using either of these tools.
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MarcelP7213
29 July 2014
Version: 4.1.7
I recently moved to a new Mac and from OSX 10.6 to 10.9. This meant moving to a new version of iPhoto too. I moved my iPhoto library across and although all the data seemed to be in the file I found lots of events and pictures missing in iPhoto. I tried rebuilding the library with iPhoto several times and even deleted and restored my whole library from a backup several times. None of this worked. I then found IPLM and used its rebuild tools - this worked really nicely and managed to restore all the data that was missing and gave me back my library as I expected it to look. I've not used the other features in IPLM yet, but based on this alone I recommend it highly!
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5
Sigil
08 July 2014
Version: 4.1.7
My iPhoto library was very chaotic. I was so overwhelmed that I avoided using it. This app is a machete and a scalpel. I actually enjoyed organizing my photos This app simply completes iPhoto. I wasn't going to buy the most recent upgrade, but I decided that Brian is a developer worth supporting. He is earnest, accessible and polite.
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RoseF2596
16 June 2014
Version: 4.1.6
I have an older version of iphoto library manager on an old computer (mac book pro) that I want to move to my new imac desktop. Do I need to buy another copy of ip library manager and if so will the iphotolibraries all appear in the new iphoto library manager? Will there be a conflicitng problem because of NEW versions of iphoto library manager? Another question is if I DO NOT want to continue to use the library manager on the new desk top than how do I retrieve all my photos back into iphoto as they are now all catalogued in iphoto library manager? Will I have to copy each library individually?
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4.5
HeinrichM
20 December 2013
Version: 4.1.3
Lovely customer support. Very down to earth and helpful. The app itself is awesome, providing easy solution to my large (we are speakin about nearly 300gb) photo collection. No more use of iphoto for me. Lovin it!
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4.5
thekeepmecom4914
31 July 2013
Version: 4.0.9
After purchasing, I realized I didn't need to segment my iPhoto library and could run the whole thing off my external drive. When I contacted FatCat Software and explained my error, they immediately issued me a refund. That is truly great customer service!!!
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robfol
25 June 2013
Version: 4.0.9
Good app for iPhoto use and library management, would be perfect if it fully handled and De-Duplicated Aperture libraries. Puzzled that it does not as I thought both apps used the same library these days?
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spamager
15 March 2013
Version: 4.0.5
My situation: 280GB iPhoto Library with ~40K photos and movies sitting on my MBP. I use Backblaze online backup(but hadnt backed up in 4 weeks with lots of photos uploaded - not to mention the chunked up way you would need to download iPhoto components to restore - or pay the $189 fee to have files prepped and shipped - glad the feature is there but...), but my NAS solution at home was not so great and always had issues with Time Machine so no local backup. Well my 2.5 year MBP started having issues - got real sluggish, started doing funky things and then it crashed. Hard Drive corruption. after a bunch of steps to get it back up, still lots of hard drive errors that even after repair still issues. New SSD and a $20 CabletoGo SATA drive adapter (AWESOME and Great value BTW!) and I could get to my old drive which had the iPhoto Library on it. PROBLEM: because of disk corruption, there were parts of the library and pictures that couldn't be read and could fix with iPhoto - and therefore could not Copy the library to new drive! Not wanting to individually copy all the masters and recreate iPhoto for ~40K pictures, i scoured for a solution. voila - IPhoto Library Manager. This might sound corny, but this program saved my most valuables and time. I decided to split the one monolithic library up, and used iPLM to copy off the old iPhoto library into the new ones. Im 30K pictures through (IT is pretty quick relative to what its doing) and the added benefit is it has called out 14 of the photos it just couldn't read back from the disk[because of disk corruption], which will allow me to selectively grab those back from my cloud backup. Easy to use, lightweight and well worth it in this kind of situation.
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Drdul
03 January 2013
Version: 4.0.1
FYI: The "iPod Folders" feature from version 3 is missing in version 4. I wrote the dev, who replied, "The iPod Folders feature is no longer present in iPhoto Library Manager 4, for the time being at least. We are looking into different (hopefully better) solutions for keeping photos from multiple libraries synced with an iPod or iOS device in the future though." Fortunately there is an easy solution if you want the iPod Folders feature in the meantime, until it's added back into version 4. Simply install version 3 of iPLM (see download link at top of MU listing) alongside version 4 (be sure to rename version 3 of the app to something like "iPhoto Library Manager 3" before dragging it into the Applications folder, or install it somewhere else). The two versions use a different naming convention for preference and cache files, so both versions can be used on the same Mac (if you upgraded from version 3 to version 4, your preference files from version 3 are still there). Just be sure not to run both versions at the same time -- quit version 3 before running version 4 and vice versa.
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Drdul
14 December 2012
Version: 4.0
Version 4 of iPhoto Library Manager is great! It is particularly handy to be able to browse photos without having to launch iPhoto, especially as I can drag photos out of iPLM to the desktop or another app. For my purposes, the list view and search functions make it easier to find photos in iPLM than in iPhoto. Jumping from one library to another is fast and seamless. There's not much need to actually use iPhoto any more!
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1.5
Midorosan
14 December 2012
Version: 4.0
In the absence of any other method and because a rating is required I rated it just to post. My statement was very clear it does not work for me in Mountain Lion therefore I cannot rate it. I am trying to be objective no need for anyone to get all huffed up.
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1.5
Midorosan
11 September 2012
Version: 3.8.3
Does not work with mountain Lion
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Drdul
24 June 2012
Version: 3.8
iPLM has once again proven to be an indispensable app. I sync some of my iPhoto libraries between Macs using Dropbox. I got a warning that my 50 GB Dropbox was 100% full, yet the Dropbox folder on my Mac was only showing 38 GB in size. It turns out the problem was my iPhoto libraries, which had been incrementally upgraded from older versions of iPhoto, and contained alias folders. Specifically, new versions of iPhoto store original versions of photos in a folder called Masters, whereas older versions stored them in a folder called Originals. An upgraded iPhoto library will contain an alias folder called Originals linking to the Masters folder. The problem is that Dropbox can't tell the difference between an alias folder and a real folder, so it uploads, syncs and stores images in both folders. A 7 GB library on my Mac became a 14 GB library in Dropbox. Fortunately, iPLM includes a function to rebuild an iPhoto library, which gave me a new library with all events, albums and keywords intact (but not smart albums, which were easy enough to recreate), and more importantly, without any alias folders. Now that 7 GB library only takes up 7 GB of space on Dropbox. Add in a few other libraries, and I now have a lot more space available in Dropbox. I was thinking I'd have to upgrade to the 100 GB Dropbox account, but with iPLM I avoided that and saved $100 a year.
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2.5
Sccotaw
19 May 2012
Version: 3.7.3
While ILM is really good at what it does, there is a serious unadvertised deficiency with regard to working on Referenced libraries (photos not inside the library). If you use ILM to copy data to a new iPhoto library, it is NOT capable of creating Referenced data. So, if you have a Referenced iPhoto library & wish to split it up into smaller Referenced libraries, ILM will not do that for you. If you try to do it, the resulting libraries will actually be managed (photos inside the library). Their support has confirmed this behavior. This trait ought to be documented in the app write up so that people who are considering getting it for use on Referenced libraries realize that the product will not do what they likely want. I believe that the demo mode will only work on 5 photos, so not really enough draw your attention to the design flaw unless you specifically open the new iPhoto library package & examine in carefully (which is not something most of us would think to do).
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Ced
28 April 2011
Version: 3.6.5
This feature is already included in iPhoto. Simply press the "alt" key while launching iPhoto...
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5
Beto-Boton
16 April 2011
Version: 3.6.4
I've been using it for quite some time and I love it. If you have tons of photos and too many external HDs, this is an app for you. I organised my photos in different libraries and different drives having access very quickly to all my photos.
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4.5
jenny-b
13 January 2011
Version: 3.6.3
Such a useful app.
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5
Drdul
23 November 2010
Version: 3.6
iPhoto Library Manager is an indispensable app for me. I maintain about 8 different iPhoto libraries on different local and network disks, and iPLM allows me to access and switch between all of them with ease. Of course, there are other apps that can do that. What sets iPLM apart is the "iPod Folder" feature, which allows me to sync photos from different iPhoto libraries to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And even better, it allows me to sync different combinations of photos to different devices. Outstanding!
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Charldoug
08 January 2010
Version: 3.5.6
Please can someone help me. I downloaded this application as I thought it looked really useful and I am sure it is. However it asked me to update my iPhoto software which I went on to do and then to create a library in IPhoto Library, now all my photos have been wiped out of my iPhoto Library and iPhoto is totally empty. Everything has gone, of course I do have it all backed up, however I had many albums and folders which I spent time creating and was using. Please help me.
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Robertcoogan
16 September 2009
Version: 3.5.4
A great little app, a definite recommend.
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zx
13 May 2009
Version: 3.5
Please add this option!!! Preferences option allows the user to specify which Library (if any) ILM should register when it quits, so that subsequently launching iPhoto (or the other iApps) always opens the same Library. The selected Library is indicated in the Library List with a blue dot. -
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Pablito
05 May 2009
Version: 3.5
the only feature that I miss is one that we used to have with iPhoto Diet, that is a way to delete originals once you have modified versions of the photo. I hope to see something like this soon in this software that is amazing!!
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Robertcoogan
18 February 2009
Version: 3.4.5
Very useful program! I have two different libraries, one for work (on my MBP), and one for home (on my iMac). Now I can use this little app to switch between them.
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Peter-Black
05 December 2008
Version: 3.4.3
My iPhoto Library just topped 10,000 images. I've wanted to sort them for ages, so I spent an hour or thereabouts looking and trying the various iPhoto library managers and this one is clearly the cream of the crop and well worth the shareware fee. It is smooth and easy to use. I would like to see smart albums preserved when transferring/copying but I don't know if that is possible. It would also be mucho cool to have automatic syncing from the main library to other libraries containing that image. This is a great piece of software that I am enjoying using. Thanks p
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Znort
20 May 2008
Version: 3.4.2
Excellent Software! I´d like to suggest just one more essential feature that would make the whole concept complete: to extract a complete library into a folder system corresponding to the album hierarchy within the iPhotoLibrary. That would be sooo useful to me. i know it is possible because there was a PPC app around which unfortunately doesn´t work on my intelmac. Please, Mr. developer!
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Claude-Fiaux
18 May 2008
Version: 3.4.2
FORMIDABLE. J'ai fait les opérations de transfert entre les photothèques iPhoto de mon MBP et le iMac de la maison. Déconcertant de facilité, même si pas traduit en Français. Bravo au(x) développeur(s). FORMIDABLE. I made the operations of transfer between picture libraries iPhoto of my MBP and the iMac of the house. Disconcerting of ease, even if not translated into French.
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World28
17 April 2008
Version: 3.4.1
Excellent piece of software. Very useful, efficient, and a fast response of the developper. Ideal for iPhoto library maintenance. Congratulation !
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Magosilvan
03 October 2007
Version: 3.3.3
I didn't yet compare them, but iPhoto Buddy is FREE and should do about the same things.
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Peg-Dash-Fab
20 August 2007
Version: 3.3
iphoto library manager does much more than allow multiple libraries, it truly manages them. the free version has many nice features, such as inspection of library size and contents at a glance. one feature from the licensed version that i use a lot is moving a folder of photos (or an entire library) from one iphoto library to another. this is a clumsy operation if all you have is the alt key; with iphoto library manager, it's drag-and-drop. iphoto library manager is small, fast, and unobtrusive. i have used it for a loooong time and it has been completely stabile and reliable. the developers have been very responsive in tracking iphoto version changes. i replaced iphoto with iphoto library manager in my dock a long time ago. i agree that this application is worth many times its purchase price. the license that i purchased years ago has continued to remain valid across many version updates. -- peter honeyman ps: i am not connected to iphoto library manager or its developers in any way; i'm just a satisfied customer with a digital camera, an itchy trigger finger, and tens of thousands of digital images.
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Maverick
19 March 2006
Version: 3.2
You can have as many libraries as you want by just pressing "Alt" when launching iPhoto.
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Timplaster
04 February 2006
Version: 3.1.1
Amazing. Definitely a time saver if you have to merge iPhoto libraries.
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4.5
Anonymous
12 October 2005
Version: 3.0.2
Worth 5 times the price to me. Between iTunes and iPhoto, the disk space on our family's 3 powerbooks runs out in a hurry. This program lets us easily put just the photos each family member wants on their computer. My main desktop easily keeps track of my tens of thousands of photos by breaking them into seperate libraries.
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Thomas
16 September 2005
Version: 3.0.2
Good application for backup, but is a pain to use. All photos are saved in numerous folders & very time consuming to sort through.
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Anonymous
27 July 2005
Version: 3.0.2
iPhoto Library Manager had it's time, but it is no longer necessary. The description states that it does something with iPhoto that you feel just should have been included - well now it is. Even if it was free, it would be unnecessary - but it's not! It's $20 for something that the program now does with no third party solutions. Save your money, buy a couple of albums on iTunes instead!
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Anonymous
27 June 2005
Version: 3.0.2
$20!? iPhoto Buddy is free and does the same thing. And I think iPhoto 5 has a very basic way to switch libraries, but I've used Buddy for so long (for free, remember) that I don't know.
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Robert A. Benfer
27 June 2005
Version: 3.0.2
I RETRACT earlier bad review of IPhoto Manager. Their web site isn't clear, but now I see that I confused downloading their free version with the one that I paid for. Sorry for the inconvenience. They got right back to me!
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Anonymous
03 May 2005
Version: 3.0.1
Who need this? In iPhoto 5 you can just hold down ALT when you launch iPhoto and there you can create new libraries and switch between already existing libraries :) I'm stillusing version 2 with iPhoto 5 and have no problems.
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Anonymous
12 April 2005
Version: 3.0
I don't see why version 3 cost $20 while version 2 was free.
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solty
17 September 2004
Version: 2.0
small, simple and effective. What can I say more? This was exactly what I was looking for. Brilliant!
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Anonymous
11 June 2004
Version: 2.0
I was surprised about the number of people who manage to "lose access to their photos". Well, it turns out the GUI is a bit confusing about the permissions. People who just press apply without looking at the GUI will lose access to their pictures, as the action is to remove UNIX access permissions to all their photos. Easily fixed by changing owner access to read&write and pressing apply again. In normal use, you never need to press apply.
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4.25
Rodney Avilla
14 March 2004
Version: 2.0
The old iPhoto Library Manager seems to have a great advantage over v 2.0. The old version did not make a copy of the photo added to the library. The new version does. This means I have to use double the HD memory, or delete the originals, which I don't want to do, since I have them organized in a much better way then the way iPhoto organizes them (by dates). Is there a fix to this problem, or do I have to stick with the old version?
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Dorothy
10 March 2004
Version: 2.0
I was excited about iPhoto Manager 2.0. I thought I could easily switch to libraries on my external firewire drive. I see the title iPhoto Library, with the accompanying folders, but NO PICS. Please Help. What am I not doing? I have the pic files on the external hard drive itself. I'd appreciate a reply. dk
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21 January 2004
Version: 2.0
Did anybody upgrade to iphoto4? I just bought ilive and I wonder what happens when I upgrade. Does anybody know how to combine libraries back into one?
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DJ
20 January 2004
Version: 2.0
Help... all my pictures are gone now. I made a new library, selected the library, clicked apply (which I later noticed was under settings), selected my old library, clicked apply, and now there's nothing in either folder.
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Anonymous
31 December 2003
Version: 2.0
I ran in to piticular problem when ordering photobooks out of iPhoto when using iPhoto manager. If the home directory is not the default iPhoto path,( user/pictures/iPhoto Library) The resulting Photobook file will loose some of the photo's in the page layouts causing blank pages. The work-around is to always use the default directory when ordering books thru iPhoto. You can also check the file before placing the order by going to "go to folder" typing- /tmp You will see an iphoto folder inside you will find a PDF file labeled "book".
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Anonymous
12 December 2003
Version: 2.0
It is great on one disc but I tried to put complete libraries in external disc & lost all
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Jel1
12 November 2003
Version: 2.0
I need help !! I already have iphoto library manager v 1.01. When i download the new version 2.0 , i get the same version i already have. Can anybody help me with this?
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5
bad dude
07 August 2003
Version: 2.0
the nuts it just works, nuff said.
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5
Lorin-Rivers
17 April 2003
Version: 2.0
Awesome. If you have iPhoto, you probably need this. He's very responsive as well.
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Anonymous
15 April 2003
Version: 2.0
Does its job well, but iPhoto is pretty sensitive about where the library resides. I've had a couple of problems where iPhoto has refused to write to the new library resulting in a form of file corruption.
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Anonymous
04 April 2003
Version: 1.0.1
IT WORKS PERFECT! I have used this great little app because Apple has over looked the BIG fact that we do not all want every photo uploaded to just one Library. I use the for iPhoto Libraries such as FAMILY, EBAY, WORK etc. Its keeps you organized. If you use iPhoto get this FREE app and get one step closer to photo organization heaven!
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Anonymous
29 August 2002
Version: 1.0.1
Sometimes the selected Library does show up when re-launching iPhoto. The pictures that shows up is the same as the dafault. It's nice though.
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