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iPhoto Library Manager

Another aspect of iPhoto that can be problematic is that it forces each user to store all their photos in a single library. For many iPhoto users this might not be a problem, but for others having the flexibility to have separate libraries (as iTunes 7 allows) can be very beneficial. Users who use iPhoto for professional and/or consumer functions, such as teachers using iPhoto for class projects, realtors using iPhoto for building photographs, and budding photographers who have yet to invest in Aperture might all appreciate the ability to work with iPhoto but probably don’t want to mix their professional and personal libraries together. Also, users of portable Macs with limited hard drive space might prefer to keep their complete iPhoto library on an external hard drive, but still want to have access to a smaller subset of pictures on their computer at all times.

iPhoto Library Manager enables you to create and manage multiple iPhoto libraries, which can be stored on a Mac’s internal hard drive, an external hard drive or even in a shared folder on another Mac. It also supports setting permissions on iPhoto libraries for use by multiple users—a feature that is great for both home use and for classroom or office use. In addition to supporting multiple libraries, iPhoto Library provides some support for rebuilding corrupted iPhoto libraries and for extracting images from damaged libraries. If you choose to register iPhoto Library Manager for $19.95, it will also enable you to copy images between libraries, to merge libraries, and to sync photos from multiple libraries to an iPod.

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