Photo Mechanic
Photo Mechanic
6.0

4.5

Photo Mechanic free download for Mac

Photo Mechanic

6.0
13 May 2019

Quality digital camera image browser.

Overview

Photo Mechanic is a photographer's image browser tool. It is the answer for professional digital photographers looking for a fast and easy-to-use image browser for digital camera files. Photo Mechanic's innovative batch captioning, renaming, speedy browsing, and Photoshop connectivity features have made it the choice of thousands of photojournalists and professional photographers worldwide. Optimized for use with professional cameras from Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Pentax, Photo Mechanic has become the standard tool for digital image browsing.

Photo Mechanic is a standalone image browser that lets you view your digital photos with convenience and speed. Photo Mechanic displays the "thumbnails" of photos on a camera disk or folder in familiar "contact sheet" display windows. You can quickly rotate, preview, copy, delete, tag, rename, and add caption / keyword (IPTC news record) information to photos both individually and in batches. Photo Mechanic helps you find the best photo amongst several similar shots with its preview display that lets you flip through a group of selected photos at high resolution. Photo Mechanic can then pass the photos you select on to Adobe Photoshop for image retouching.

Photo Mechanic's unique Image Variable technology unleashes the power of metadata. Metadata can be information saved with each photo such as image capture data or IPTC fields, or other information like the current date and time. Standard image capture data like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focal length can be accessed through "variables" and tucked-away in any IPTC field such as the caption. You can also use variables representing the current or capture time, date, or frame number, for example, for file renaming purposes. IPTC fields can be extracted using variables for use in renaming - even the filename variable can be placed in an IPTC field. One important variable called the sequence variable can be used for sequential naming or to serialize certain IPTC fields. In all, Photo Mechanic has more than 60 variables that enable customized workflows for captioning and renaming photos. The possibilities are endless!

Photo Mechanic can also print contact sheets and export HTML for Web pages. You can control the layout and size of your thumbnails, and even use Photo Mechanic's image variables to customize the text for thumbnail titles and page headers or footers, making Photo Mechanic one of the most flexible tools available for formatting your output.

What's new in Photo Mechanic

Version 6.0:
Fixed:
  • (Mac Retina only) Loupe cursor not working with pictures of 2000 by 1333 pixels
  • Photo Mechanic not erasing disks when Ingest completes successfully
  • On Mojave, thumbnails in Contact Sheet are hidden during certain operations
  • Clicking a hover button while moving the mouse changes selection
  • Issue with "Adjust Capture Date/Time" giving RAW file more recent time than XMP sidecar
  • Unable to drag RAW+JPEG+WAV to a folder in Navigator & Favorites
  • "Reveal in navigator" not expanding folder
  • Application activation issues with Server
  • When multiple contact sheets are displayed, it is possible to have multiple "Info" windows shown
  • Info tips not being refreshed when scrolling contact sheet
  • Contextual menu for Color Class and Ratings Filters not available when filters are disabled
  • Reverse Geocoding not respecting flag "Never overwrite existing data"
  • Error editing with Photoshop if Photoshop not already open
  • Issue whereby canceling an Ingest will cause incorrect image state
  • Dropbox uploader fails when destination path is empty

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Mx
03 February 2011

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This is an essential component of digital photography workflow. For those who seem confused, it is not an alternative to Lightroom or Aperture or iPhoto. Rather, it’s the first step in moving your images from your camera to your computer. Unless you’re a star photographer who can get the shot in one, you’re like the rest of us, shooting multiple angles/shots of a subject that will have to be culled. Obviously, you want to archive almost all your shots (even the rejects), but you’ll only be working with a few selections. That’s why you need Photo Mechanic. With PM, you “injest” your card into a (what I call) “dump” archive. From there, you rapidly browse through your images, selecting your picks. Then, you copy your picks into a separate “project” location. From here, you can import the “project” selections into Lightroom, Aperture, iPhoto, or whatever you use to manage your projects. To answer another misconception from an earlier user, no, you don't have to “injest” archives you’ve already sorted and stored on a hard drive somewhere. You just have to open the folder in Photo Mechanic to view the images. Injesting is meant for dumping card data onto a hard drive; once there, you only need to browse folders. I didn’t think this app would be that useful to me (especially at $150), but after using it for 10 months, I don’t think I can live without this first step. Injesting photos straight into Aperture or Lightroom is a monumental mistake because it takes far longer, and both programs are incredibly slow at loading RAW files the first time. Plus, there’s no reason to import images into LR or A projects that you know you don’t want to use. It just makes everything aggravatingly slower. Trust me: this first step will save you so much time and energy working with your project files.
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Version 4.6.6
aaronyan2526
28 October 2019
I love this program, right here: https://crackdaily.com/photo-mechanic-download// It was great help in my work! thanks for going through it, you are awesome
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Version 6.0
Levelbest
09 March 2017
It is fair to say that FastRawViewer is much cheaper and will do some of what Photo Mechanic can do. I used PM before v5 and I just got a license for FRV. FRV is proving to be an excellent short term solution for what I need which is mostly DAM capacity to review and mark and exuded images. Images that are then edited when necessary in an external editor.

But that is where the difference ends. (disclaimer - I still don't shoot raw so all my comments are about DAM and reviewing photos and opening them in external apps).

I recently asked at FRW why there is no search mechanism built in? They replied that they did not see it as a necessary feature. Excuse me? You are looking at a large folder of photos but it is not relevant that you find one you are looking for? Photo Mechanic does this and I just took it for granted this was common sense.

And, Photo Mechanic does much more. It imports like a fiend. It compares shots for quick review and it allows me to make and rate my photos quickly. Photo Mechanic is clearly a professional grade app for professional people, for people who work hard (and fast) with many photos and don't want anything to screw up. Photo Mechanic left me behind in the upgrade to v5 because they didn’t offer an upgrade - or perhaps it was that I was too slow to take it and it is too late now. But that is water under the bridge. Photo Mechanic is a very good program and while I am glad I learned of FRV, it really doesn’t compare with the full strength of Photo Mechanic.
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Version 5.0
Turquoise
29 August 2016
I recently found a great alternative to this excellent but rather expensive application. It's called FastRawReview and it's much cheaper. http://www.fastrawviewer.com/
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Version 5.0
Turquoise
29 January 2016
It is useful to indicate the build of this great app. Latest is 16960.
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Version 5.0
Joseph-Farrugia
21 February 2015
Is there another image browsing app that allows viewing raw & JPEG as a single file, & allowing operations to be done on both versions of the file, or either one (ie: the JPEG version or the raw version)? ----> NO, Lightroom doesn't do that. Any tips would be appreciated.
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Version 5.0
1 answer(s)
Turquoise
Turquoise
29 August 2016
Check FastRawViewer.
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Macedward
19 August 2013
Since 2012 the PM 5 is no longer a beta. Great product by the way!
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Version 5.0
Lambsporriegetta
09 June 2011
This application forms one of the first principals of digital photography. It's absolutely necessary.
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Version 4.6.7
Mx
03 February 2011
This is an essential component of digital photography workflow. For those who seem confused, it is not an alternative to Lightroom or Aperture or iPhoto. Rather, it’s the first step in moving your images from your camera to your computer. Unless you’re a star photographer who can get the shot in one, you’re like the rest of us, shooting multiple angles/shots of a subject that will have to be culled. Obviously, you want to archive almost all your shots (even the rejects), but you’ll only be working with a few selections. That’s why you need Photo Mechanic. With PM, you “injest” your card into a (what I call) “dump” archive. From there, you rapidly browse through your images, selecting your picks. Then, you copy your picks into a separate “project” location. From here, you can import the “project” selections into Lightroom, Aperture, iPhoto, or whatever you use to manage your projects. To answer another misconception from an earlier user, no, you don't have to “injest” archives you’ve already sorted and stored on a hard drive somewhere. You just have to open the folder in Photo Mechanic to view the images. Injesting is meant for dumping card data onto a hard drive; once there, you only need to browse folders. I didn’t think this app would be that useful to me (especially at $150), but after using it for 10 months, I don’t think I can live without this first step. Injesting photos straight into Aperture or Lightroom is a monumental mistake because it takes far longer, and both programs are incredibly slow at loading RAW files the first time. Plus, there’s no reason to import images into LR or A projects that you know you don’t want to use. It just makes everything aggravatingly slower. Trust me: this first step will save you so much time and energy working with your project files.
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Version 4.6.6
6 answer(s)
Macfoto
Macfoto
11 March 2011
"…If you're a non professional photographer then try Lightroom 3 instead". SORRY, if you're a professional PHOTOGRAPHER then use Lightroom, not Photo Mechanic. This software is only for museums or universities. it's too expensive.
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Mx
Mx
12 March 2011
“SORRY, if you're a professional PHOTOGRAPHER then use Lightroom, not Photo Mechanic. This software is only for museums or universities. it's too expensive.” I don’t understand this comment. Lightroom is $299; PhotoMechanic is $150. If you're a pro photographer you definitely use PhotoMechanic, and for image editing, you could be using any number of apps similar to Lightroom. Again, Photo Mechanic is not equivalent to Lightroom (or Aperture or Capture Pro). They don't do the same thing; they are different steps in the work flow.
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Nigel2112
Nigel2112
05 April 2011
Ok. Here's a pro workflow: Create a folder in the Finder and name it date first. "2011-10-09 ShootName" Plug in the camera card and drag the images to that folder. Drag the folder to Lr. Uncheck obviously bad shots. Click Import. (Set import settings if needed) Flag and retouch your picks, trash the crap. Export just the picks. They'll be jpgs so you can set the "2011-10-09.." folder view options to 'By Kind". Done. With all due respect, I can't imagine spending $150 on an app that does what Lr already does. Spend just a few minutes looking at how Lr works and save your cash. Or heck, get Aperture, it's only $80 now. I'm sure PM is good, but for me a pro workflow should not involve superfluous steps. But hey, to each their own.
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Mx
Mx
05 April 2011
Nigel2112: With all due respect, if you're a pro, you'll understand that time is money and LR and Aperture are far too slow opening RAWs. Of course you can use LR and Aperture to pick photos. That's what I used to do. And then I was shown the way with Photo Mechanic and there is just no doubt that if you're getting paid for your time and energy, $150 for an app that will save so much of that over a year (depends on how much you shoot and edit, I suppose) is a no brainer. Again, if you don't shoot a ton every day, I can get how you'd think this was a waste of money. The time it has saved me has not been superfluous.
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Nigel2112
Nigel2112
05 April 2011
I shoot weddings, so I routinely deal with 2k images. Often I import my cards into Lr right at the reception. I can apply Develop setting (sharpening, vignette, etc) and can immediately show a slideshow of those images to the guests. PM in combination with Ps makes more sense, but Lr is specifically designed to quickly preview, copy, delete, tag, rename, keyword AND do basic retouching. Out of 1000 images I send less than five to Ps now, saving a significant amount of time, and Lr saves the history of each change you make to every image you've ever touched. All that being said I'm going to give PM a try. If it would indeed save me time to do it another way I'm all for it.
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Nick-Collingridge
Nick-Collingridge
25 September 2013
It's "Ingest", not "Injest". I make my comment somewhat in jest...
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Bigboysdad
16 October 2010
Only for professional photography businesses, not for those of us who take pictures as a hobby. If you're a non professional photographer then try Lightroom 3 instead, you'll probably get more value from that product, which does everything that Photo Mechanic does and a lot more. Photo Mechanic however, is way faster and just as if not more stable than Lightroom 3 at what it does and is excellent software for professionals who have a necessity to deal with 100/1000s of raw DSLR shots in a very short space of time.
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Version 4.6.6
2 answer(s)
Joseph-Farrugia
Joseph-Farrugia
21 February 2015
You have NO IDEA on what you're talking about. How I wish you were right; but LR doesn't do what PM does.
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Bigboysdad
Bigboysdad
22 February 2015
Haha, don't be vague Joseph, say what you really mean (I can tell this guy's a genius)
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Kedos
10 October 2008
I like the application a lot, but I'd like to be able to access my Canon Rebel from the program. Because Mac OS X doesn't recognize it as an external drive, I have to first open image capture to access pictures from my canon and then import them into photo mechanic. For that reason, I won't be purchasing the program.
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Version 4.5.3.2
$139.00

4.5

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  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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