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On the family's iMac my wife and daughter have separate user accounts, each with their own iPhoto library. My wife has asked me to consolidate both libraries into a single library for convenience.

What is the best way to do this? Can it be done with the existing software and utilities that come with Snow Leopard or is there a 3rd party utility that facilitates the process?

Thanks in advance.

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There's a third party application named iPhoto Library Manager which seems to have a good reputation for merging, splitting and generally managing your iPhoto Library:

Here's a picture of it in action

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Library Manager is the <i>only</i> way to merge libraries –  terrydev May 19 '12 at 8:35
well, while waiting for reply of fat cat software to my question whether iPLM can do that or not, I found another way — hacker.klever.net/n/2012/08/11/… ;-) –  Michael Krelin - hacker Aug 16 '12 at 21:13
Wow, you went to quite some effort there! I guess that exposes what iPLM does behind the UI. Good for hacking, not for the faint-hearted though. –  JBRWilkinson Aug 17 '12 at 12:29
True, not unless with some understanding. –  Michael Krelin - hacker Aug 20 '12 at 19:21
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If you have Aperture 3.3, you can merge multiple iPhoto libraries as shown in this Apple KB:

  1. Open Aperture 3.3 or later.
  2. Click the File menu and choose Switch to Library > Other/New. Use the library selector to choose one of the iPhoto libraries you'd like to merge.
  3. Choose File > Import > Library
  4. Select one of the remaining iPhoto libraries you wish to merge.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 for each additional iPhoto library you wish to merge.

The library you started with in step 2 above includes content from all the merged libraries. The other libraries are still present (and useable) on your computer. Once you have confirmed that the unified library is working correctly, you may wish to remove the other libraries from your hard drive. It is a good idea to back up all your libraries before doing so.

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