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What is iPhoto Buddy?
iPhoto Buddy is a Mac OS X application (Universal) that allows you to easily create, manage, and switch between multiple iPhoto Libraries. 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 stored in as many documents (in this case, "Libraries") as you like.
iPhoto Buddy will never alter/move/delete your Libraries or your photo files. It's perfectly safe!
What can you do with it?
With iPhoto Buddy, you can easily manage an entire list of iPhoto Libraries, enabling you to quickly and easily open the Library of your choice for viewing/editing/printing in iPhoto. You can easily switch between your multiple Libraries, and iPhoto Buddy will automatically quit iPhoto and instantly re-launch it with the newly selected Library (iPhoto can only have one Library open at a time). There is no limit to the number of Libraries, and they can be located in various locations--even on external hard disk drives, network volumes, or encrypted disk images. Each Library can be assigned its own name that differs from its folder name in the Finder; each Library can be assigned a thumbnail image that can help to remind you of its contents; and each Library can be password protected for privacy/security.
What are the system requirements?
iPhoto Buddy requires a Macintosh computer running OS X 10.4.11 or later, and iPhoto 2 or later. iPhoto Buddy is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.5 (Leopard), and 10.4 (Tiger). iPhoto Buddy is fully compatible with every version of Apple's iLife suite, from iLife '04 through iLife '09.
I originally developed iPhoto Buddy for my own use. I did so partly as a programming exercise, and partly because I simply didn't care for the other alternatives I had tried. I wanted something more--something fast, flexible, unobtrusive, and easy to use. And something more consistent with the iApp interface found in iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, etc.
Nothing. I originally developed iPhoto Buddy for my own use, and then decided to make it available for others. That said, I AM accepting donations in an effort to offset the ongoing costs of updating and supporting iPhoto Buddy. If you use the program, please consider making a donation in the spirit of shareware. You'll be doing your part to keep iPhoto Buddy free!
If you're like me, you prefer to understand exactly what a new program is doing with the precious information on your computer. You can relax. iPhoto Buddy is quite innocuous. Here's what it does:
Is iPhoto Buddy useful even with iPhoto 9?
Apple has continued improved iPhoto's performance over time. So, is iPhoto Buddy still useful even with iPhoto 9 (iLife '11)? Absolutely!
When iLife ’04 was introduced at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco in January of 2004, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, "It’s like Microsoft Office for the rest of your life.” And in many ways it is (except, of course it works better!). But none of the components of Microsoft Office (or iWork, or Adobe Creative Suite, or most any Mac or PC software -- including most of the other iLife programs, iMovie, iDVD, Garage Band) require that you store all of its data in one document. So why does iPhoto? Why indeed.
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