By Ryan Harter
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Unbound lets you manage your photo library the way you want. Instead of locking your photos away inside a private library, your photos live in folders on your computer, accessible from anywhere.
Unbound was designed with speed as a priority. Everything from the initial app launch to scrolling through your thumbnails is incredibly responsive. Access photos whenever you want without having to wait.
Unbound keeps your photo organization simple. Use albums to group your photos and easily find them later. Instant search puts any album within a few taps of your keyboard.
Unbound doesn't create a separate photo library like other photo apps. Instead, Unbound uses your existing file structure to create its albums. That means your photos aren't duplicated and you save space.
Easy & Direct Access
Using the file structure also means that you can edit, copy, delete, and move your photos using the Finder, Photoshop, or any other app. Unbound watches the files and stays perfectly up-to-date.
Effortlessly Sync Using Dropbox
Do you want to sync your photo albums with your iPhone, iPad or even multiple Macs? Combine Unbound with Dropbox and you can organize and upload your photos from anywhere and have the changes automatically synced to all your devices.
What's New in Version 1.1.12
Parts of Unbound have been completely rewritten to boost performance for the latest version of macOS.
OCT 2017 EDIT:
It got an update at some point, and it has improved. It is working much better. I have bumped up my stars. It still crashed on me, but it is much better, and appears usable now. Glad this is being worked on!
Past review below not sure of date. ---------------------------------------
I decided to give this app a try. It is very slow. I have 10+ years of digital photos. 50,000+ pictures all organized in my own folder structure by year, then month. (That is why I don’t use iPhoto) I wanted something simple to work through and use my own structure. It acts as though it is frozen, but it actually does recover it just takes a long time. Walk away, make coffee, eat lunch… come back and it works. If that doesn’t work, force quit and restart it and it does work. As long as there are no major changes to your picture folder, this will continue to work fine. If you delete pictures or find duplicates and delete a bunch or do anything, you will have to go through that again. So does it work? Yes, it is slow however for the initial startup if it is the first time, or first time in a while and many changes were made. Otherwise it does what it says. I have submitted these problems to the programmer, and hopefully this will be looked at and fixed. If not, I will knock off more stars. - This has not been fixed. It is super slow. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME!!!! The developer hasn’t fixed anything. It has been a few months and nothing.
Just what I was looking for
I keep all my pictures in location and/or event folders. This is just what I wanted to view folder(s) without adding another database. So far it’s been great. I would like to see the option of having name of picture etc. displayed below each picture. BTW the like to request a feature that’s part of the program is broken. All in all well worth the $$
Worthless as a photo management app.
You’re just as well off making big preview icons in Finder.
There aer no features in thsi app. No photo management capabilities, no metadata editing, nothing other than the same type of organization you get by organizing in folders.
This application is a joke.