What have digital cameras wrought? A sad state of affairs for camera film manufacturers, of course. When was the last time you bought a roll of film? When was the last time you used a camera that required film?
See what I mean?
Digital cameras have given photographers of every ilk something they could never really do before. Shoot photos by the hundreds. Sometimes by the thousands. Why not? Shooting extra photos is virtually free.
You know what that means, right?
iPhoto gets stuffed with tens of thousands of photos, all of which have to be tagged, commented, and sectioned off into events, segregated by photo albums so you can keep track of the good, the bad, the ugly, and separate family photos by photographer.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could have multiple iPhoto libraries on your Mac?
You can. And it’s so freakin’ drop dead easy (and free) that I’m almost embarrassed to show you how, and then compare it with a commercial app that does the same thing.
Here’s the free and easy way to create additional iPhoto libraries on your Mac.
First, hold down the Option key on the keyboard and click iPhoto in the Dock. What you get is a little pop up dialog box with iPhoto Library as the default selection, but with an option to create another library. Do that and give it a name.
Voila! Now you have two iPhoto libraries. Switch back and forth between libraries by using the Option and click method above. Or, add even more iPhoto libraries the same way.
Or, use iPhoto Library Manager and get the same functionality with a few more features in an easier to use package.
iPhoto Library Manager isn’t actually easier than the free method, but it’s got a few things going for it.
For example, it lists the iPhoto Libraries in a sidebar. Click the one you want and launch iPhoto.
The app displays details about each Library, too, including total number of photos, and albums, as well as the location on your Mac (very handy if you don’t want to keep all Libraries in the same place).
iPhoto Library Manager also gives you options to transfer photos from one Library to another without losing keywords or ratings. It even splits Libraries or merges two libraries together into a larger Library.
Other options give you controls over preserving photo attributes, merging albums, and copying photos.
If you have a lot more photos than you want in iPhoto, use either method to create and manage new iPhoto Libraries.