What’s not to like? iPhoto is priced right, fast, stores tens of thousands of photos, and comes with a few useful bells and whistles (events, photo effects, facial recognition, photo albums, etc.). All too often iPhoto on a Mac is a shared experience, which is OK if each Mac user has their own login.
What if you want to segregate some photos from the rest of the family photos? Sure, tags and albums work, but there is an easier way. Multiple iPhoto libraries. How? That’s the easy part. Basically, there are two ways to create and manage multiple iPhoto libraries.
The Free Way – Hold down the Option key on your Mac’s keyboard and then click iPhoto in the Dock. Instead of iPhoto, you’ll see a dialog box with options to open a current iPhoto library or create a new iPhoto library.
Free multiple iPhoto libraries with a click.
Or, you can add iPhoto Library Manager to your Mac which also creates and manages multiple iPhoto libraries but with all the features you’d expect.
Features? Beyond multiple libraries, IPLM lets you browse photos without even opening iPhoto. Libraries can be split up and photos easily moved from one library to another, or merge two libraries together.
Duplicate photos always creep into an iPhoto library and IPLM finds those, too. If one library becomes corrupted IPLM can rebuild a new library based on content from an old library, and even find photos that iPhoto may have lost (it happens).
Photos in iPhoto come with all kinds of meta data– titles, dates, location, keywords, ratings, faces, tags– and IPLM keeps the data intact when you split or merge or move libraries.
Using the Option-key trick to open iPhoto gets you as many iPhoto libraries as you need, but with no extra features. iPhoto Library Manager is the way to manage those multiple libraries in a professional way– with bells and whistles.