Karelia Software has introduced Karelia iMedia Browser, a free utility which adds a media browser to just about any Mac application.

The browser - which is available now for free download - resembles the iLife browser found in several Apple applications, but unlike them this is a stand-alone utility that can be used to quickly access a user's library of photos, sounds, movies, or bookmarks.

"We initially built an iMedia Browser into Sandvox, our website-creation tool, because we wanted Sandvox users to be able to access their media as easily as they could from Apple's own applications," said Dan Wood of Karelia Software. "Since it's a general need, we decided to release it as a utility that can be used in conjunction with just about any other application as well."

The Karelia iMedia Browser allows users to browse their libraries of photos (iPhoto, Aperture, and Pictures folders); music (iTunes library, GarageBand songs, and Music folders); movies (from iTunes, iPhoto, and Movies folders), and bookmarks (from several leading web browsers). It can be activated either from the dock or from a small icon in the menu bar.

Karelia Software also announced the immediate public availability of the source code for the underlying media browser framework, written by developers at Karelia and other companies.

In addition to being used in Sandvox, the iMedia framework is currently used within numerous third-party applications, including Skitch, MemoryMiner, Ubercaster, iStar Composer, Norkross Movie, and Posterino.