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Moving from iPhoto Library Manager to PowerPhotos

If you have been using iPhoto Library Manager to keep track of your iPhoto libraries, PowerPhotos can help you with your move to using the new Photos app.

Migrating your iPhoto libraries

In order to see your libraries in PowerPhotos, you will first need to migrate your libraries from iPhoto to Photos. PowerPhotos can assist with this process if you select “Migrate iPhoto Libraries” from the File menu. The migration assistant will list all the iPhoto libraries on your machine and let you migrate any number of libraries to Photos in succession. You can read in more detail about how this works at Migrating iPhoto and Aperture libraries.

If you have already migrated some or all of your libraries before downloading PowerPhotos, you can also select “Add Existing Library” from the File menu to add any of your existing Photos libraries to the PowerPhotos library list.

Merging, rebuilding, or copying photos between your libraries

Just as iPhoto Library Manager can copy and merge photos between iPhoto libraries, PowerPhotos can be used to copy/merge with Photos libraries. Due to limitations in the new Photos app, there are some pieces of data that iPLM could copy that PowerPhotos cannot. You can read more about that in Copying limitations. There is no way to copy photos directly between an iPhoto library and a Photos library. You must first take the iPhoto library and migrate it to Photos, then copy the photos from the migrated library to your other Photos library.


PowerPhotos 1.x is being made available for free for all existing iPhoto Library Manager customers, so you can just use your existing iPhoto Library Manager serial number in PowerPhotos to register your copy. Read more about registering PowerPhotos here.

Feature comparison The feature sets of iPhoto Library Manager and PowerPhotos are slightly different. Below is a summary of the features each program supports.

  iPhoto Library Manager PowerPhotos
Manage multiple libraries Yes Yes
Browse and view metadata Yes Yes
View and reveal full size photos Yes Yes
Search across multiple libraries Yes Yes
Merge libraries Yes Yes
Copy photos between libraries Yes Yes
Rebuild corrupt libraries Yes No
Find duplicate photos Yes Yes
Migrate iPhoto libraries No Yes
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