Power Photos

Photo man­age­ment made easy

Mac Format - - RATED -

$19.95 (about £13) Devel­oper Fat Cat, fat­cat­soft­ware.com

Re­quire­ments OS X 10.10.3 or higher

With the re­lease of Yosemite, iPhoto and Aper­ture are dead and buried, re­placed by a more ef­fi­cient, iOS-like, iCloud-con­nected so­lu­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, the built-in Photos ap­pli­ca­tion does lit­tle to elim­i­nate some of iPhoto’s long-stand­ing lim­i­ta­tions, such as man­ag­ing more than one im­age li­brary. Thank­fully, Fat Cat Soft­ware comes to the res­cue with Power-Photos, a third-party com­pan­ion to help cre­ate, or­gan­ise, du­pli­cate and even search be­tween mul­ti­ple li­braries.

Power-Photos works in con­junc­tion with Photos, launch­ing or quit­ting the main ap­pli­ca­tion as needed. It’s the next gen­er­a­tion of Fat Cat’s in­sanely handy iPhoto Li­brary Man­ager, of­fer­ing a bet­ter way to view ba­sic meta­data with­out hav­ing to sum­mon Photos’ pesky Info win­dow, and you can quickly hop be­tween dif­fer­ent li­braries. There’s a con­ve­nient list view to sort or dis­play photos by date, file name, key­word and other cri­te­ria with­out thumb­nails slow­ing things down.

Power-Photos only works with new or mi­grated Photos li­braries. The soft­ware stream­lines the mi­gra­tion process for ex­ist­ing iPhoto or Aper­ture li­braries by re­duc­ing it to a few clicks of the mouse, rather than hav­ing to open each one man­u­ally.

Power-Photos can also be used to iden­tify du­pli­cates, with full con­trol over how such copies will be dealt with. Du­pli­cates are placed in a new al­bum, from where they can be deleted or have a key­word as­signed to them. Purg­ing du­pli­cates worked like a charm on mi­grated Aper­ture li­braries, with the ex­cep­tion of our main iCloud Photo Li­brary. Power-Photos seemed to go through the mo­tions, but com­pleted with an er­ror de­spite cre­at­ing a du­pli­cates folder with­out any photos in­side.

Power-Photos is miss­ing some of iPhoto Li­brary Man­ager’s ad­vanced fea­tures, such as the abil­ity to merge, re­build and copy photos be­tween li­braries. As a re­sult, Power-Photos is free for new and ex­ist­ing iPhoto Li­brary Man­ager 4 own­ers and hope­fully this miss­ing func­tion­al­ity will be added. J.R. Book­wal­ter

Power-Photos may lack the punch of its pre­de­ces­sor, but it’s in­dis­pens­able for those mak­ing the tran­si­tion to Photos.

Man­age mul­ti­ple Photos li­braries

Find and re­move du­pli­cate im­ages

Miss­ing ad­vanced func­tion­al­ity

May strug­gle with iCloud im­ages

Purg­ing du­pli­cates with Pow­erPho­tos works like a charm – al­beit with quirks.

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