Developer: Ryan Harter
Current Version: 1.1.11
Last Updated: 12 months ago
Download Size: 13.5 MB - Download
Unbound is a faster, simpler photo manager.
Unbound was designed with speed as a priority. Everything from the initial app launch to scrolling through your thumbs 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.
Unbound is under new management, and this update makes that apparent by updating help links, contact address, and about windows. Oh, we also fixed up a bunch of bugs and a major performance issue on El Capitan.
Most Helpful Reviews
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.
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.
More Reviews for Current Version
No alternative - Before the last update Unbound was prone to crash but usable. The latest update (the first in a while) has left the crashiness, while also making it slower and less usable. Deleting a photo now takes several seconds and going back and forth between photos also appears to have become slower. Unfortunately Unbound is still the best option. As soon as there is an alternative, I'm it's first user.
What You See is What You Get... - This the start of a potentially useful app that probably isn’t going to evolve into more: what you see is what you get. I would love to be wrong because there is a niche for an app like this that does a liitle more. Unfortunately, looking at the numerous feature requests it seems likely that the developer simply doesn’t have the resources to take that next step. For example, without tagging, and more importantly searchable tagging, this app provides little more than a skinny front end to the Finder. In fact, Finder will give you more, because you can tag files and filter based on them. So, I fear the macOS version is way overpriced for what it delivers.
Terribly slow - I should have listened to the reviews. It’s terribly slow and doesn’t function very well—can’t move photos into albums from main photo folder (it duplicates them!). I’m ending up importing my photos to dropbox and then to mac’s photos to organize and album. Bummed this didn’t work.
Works… but slow - 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.
More photo viewer than manager - Unbound does a decent job of showing the photos in your library, but there’s not much you can do to organize them. You can make new folders and copy images to them, but a proper manager should have support for adding meta data and searching. A better connection to an external editor would also be nice. Right-clicking and searching a menu, finding your editor isn’t there, and having to choose “other” and then using the Finder isn’t much fun. In contrast to some other reviews, I don’t find Unbound to be particularly slow with my modest 15,000-photo library, but I’m using a Mac Pro with 64 GB of RAM so YMMV.