Photo management made easy
$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.