Apr 27 2009
iPhoto is a great little program. Like the other iApps, Apple has made it as idiot-proof as possible. This is evident in how iPhoto snaps up your pictures and hides them away deep in your system where you can’t get at them.
One down side to this is that, while you can create different albums, you are not free to move your pictures around or switch to a different collection. At present, if you wish to stash one set of pictures and bring out another you have to navigate your way through a maze of folders or login as a different user.
This is where iPhoto Library Manager comes in. This software allows you to set up different “Libraries” of pictures and albums and switch between them. Create one for work and one for your family without taking a chance of your Florida vacation sneaking into your boss’ presentation.
iPhoto also allows you to share one or more of your libraries with other users – something otherwise difficult, complicated by permissions and folder navigation. iPhoto Library Manager allows you to save your libraries anywhere on the hard drive, and also let you set it’s permissions to allow access to other users.
It’s also worth noting that, though only in its 1.0 release, iPhoto Library Manager is compatible with Apple’s new iPhoto 1.1. What’s more, iPhoto Library Manager is Applescript-able
Until next week, Brian