Developer: Ryan Harter

Current Version: 1.1.12

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 7 MB - Download


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.

Incredibly Fast

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.

Easy Organization

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.

Save Space

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.


Release Notes:

Parts of Unbound have been completely rewritten to boost performance for the latest version of macOS.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.8
Review by Max Masnick

Great alternative to heavy-handed software like iPhoto or Aperture - I was looking to move my photos out of iPhoto and Aperture libraries because Apple is killing these products. I considered Adobe Lightroom, but I really wanted to just keep my photos in a folder structure in Dropbox and be able to see them all quickly. I don’t need or want all the editing functionality in software like Aperture and Lightroom – any editing I do, I’ll do in Acorn or Pixelmator. Unbound does exactly this: it quickly shows thumbnails of photos in a folder structure. It uses the folder name as the “album name,” which is exactly what I want. I keep my photos in a "YYYY/YYYY-MM album name" folder structure (or "YYYY/YYYY-MM” for misc. photos), and Unbound is smart enough to realize that my folder hierarchy is two levels deep and just show the “YYYY-MM album name” folders (not the “YYYY” folders). I’m tired of having to switch photo management applications every few years when the app de jour gets crappy or “sunsetted.” Keeping my photos in a folder structure should last much longer. Unbound is the perfect app for viewing photos in such a system.

Found helpful by 22 out of 22 people
Version 1.1.9
Review by Pete N

pretty much useless - Look: Unbound is exactly what it claims to be—a fast, simple photo file management too—but that is it. Not an inch, not a millimeter more! You’re little better off than you would be if you created your own folders for your albums (eg Snake River 2014, Aunt Sara’s wedding, etc) and copied your photos to these. Better still you can do this in Dropbox or the equivalent. Unbound will do this for you, but you can’t order the photos except by date or file name, you can’t edit them (not even rotate an image), you can’t reduce the size and resolution (say for web browsing or sharing via text)…I could go on ad infinitum. Save your self $10 and just use the Finder and Preview or pay for a “grownup” photo management tool.

Found helpful by 18 out of 23 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1.12
Review by Sir_Mac

Works… - 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.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.1.12
Review by OldWolf01

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 $$

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.1.12
Review by ErikMC

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.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people