Got photos? Of course you do. It’s the 21st century. We average Mac users have thousands, and thousands of photos; most stored on iPhone, backed up on the Mac. We Mac users can be placed into one of four categories.
The first category is the Mac user who does not use Photos or even iPhoto. The second group is Mac users who still cling to iPhoto. The third group is Mac users who have and use Photos. The fourth group needs multiple photo libraries. Here are two ways you can get and manage multiple Photos photo libraries on your Mac.
First, if there is a scourge that existed on my Photos and iPhoto library for years, and exists on the new Photos, too, it’s photo duplicates. Sometimes, especially after a hectic weekend of photo taking, an entire Photos screen of duplicates appears, and pruning is manual and tedious.
Enter PowerPhotos, a Mac photo library management app packed with features to keep your photos in pristine organization.
For anyone with a Mac and Photos packed with photos, a Mac user who finds photo library management to be too simplistic, and suffers from duplicate photos, this is the app to use. Face it. iPhoto is dead. It’s been replaced by the more modern Photos library which works with PowerPhotos.
Fortunately, PowerPhotos for macOS High Sierra and recent macOS versions, works much like the older iPhoto Library Manager for Macs running Photos in OS X. Create and manage multiple photo libraries, copy photos and metadata from one library to another; even merge photo libraries. And, of course, you can find and delete duplicate photos.
Managing multiple photo libraries has never been as easy. There’s even an option to migrate both iPhoto and Aperture (also dead, thanks Apple) libraries to Photos, which can be a cumbersome process.
What I like about PowerPhotos is the ability to search across multiple Photos libraries at the same time (a good reason to use keyword tags). Of course, both apps can find duplicate photos. PowerPhotos is so good it even recognizes the new Selfies and Screenshots albums in Photos.
What if you’re on a tight budget and just want multiple Photos libraries?
Apple provides a built-in way to create and open multiple photo libraries in both iPhoto and Photos (press the Option key while click the icon in the Dock; you get a dialog box with options), but none of the bells and whistles that show up in PowerPhotos. It’s so good you can try before you buy and you won’t find it on the Mac App Store.