One of the most popular and most used of all of the Mac’s built-in applications was iPhoto, which now has become Photos. Built in to Photos are all sorts of hidden tricks but you need a utility to get them out.
This new app picks up where iPhoto Library Manager left off; a utility which lets you create and manage multiple Photos libraries, easily switching between libraries, browsing photos from within PowerPhotos, and even finding photo duplicates. It’s a little known fact that you can create additional Photos libraries just by holding down the Option key when clicking Photos in the Dock. The popup window gives you choices; create a new Photos library, or open an existing Photos library.
PowerPhotos makes even that simple process seem complicated and outdated by letting you view photos without opening Photos, merging libraries, or splitting Photos libraries (good idea if you use iCloud Photo Library but don’t want to pay extra money to Apple for more storage).
PowerPhotos even looks familiar. Photo Libraries in the left Sidebar, photos in the main window.
Click on a Photos Photo Library and view the contents immediately in the browser window– without opening Photos at all.
PowerPhotos gives you tools to find and delete photo duplicates in Photos. If you’ve used iPhoto or Aperture or both, the app even has a migration setting to make the transfer easier. For the Mincey clan, all of us have our own Photos libraries on our own respective Macs, but we backup those libraries to the home desktop iMac, where each family member’s Photos library can be viewed and managed.
The app does not yet have all the same bells and whistles available in iPhoto Library Manager, but the basics are there. Multiple Photos library management has never been easier. This is one of those must have Mac utilities for anyone with tens of thousands of photos.