Photo Mechanic
Photo Mechanic
6.0

4.5

Photo Mechanic free download for Mac

Photo Mechanic6.0

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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28 Reviews of Photo Mechanic

5
Mx
03 February 2011
Version: 4.6.6

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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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aaronyan2526
28 October 2019
Version: 6.0
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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Levelbest
09 March 2017
Version: 5.0
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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Turquoise
29 August 2016
Version: 5.0
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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Turquoise
29 January 2016
Version: 5.0
It is useful to indicate the build of this great app. Latest is 16960.
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Joseph-Farrugia
21 February 2015
Version: 5.0
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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Macedward
19 August 2013
Version: 5.0
Since 2012 the PM 5 is no longer a beta. Great product by the way!
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5
Lambsporriegetta
09 June 2011
Version: 4.6.7
This application forms one of the first principals of digital photography. It's absolutely necessary.
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5
Mx
03 February 2011
Version: 4.6.6
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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Bigboysdad
16 October 2010
Version: 4.6.6
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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Kedos
10 October 2008
Version: 4.5.3.2
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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5
CharlesTeton
03 April 2007
Version: 4.4.3.3
As another reviewer has said, "If you are a digitally based photographer, then you need PhotoMechanic . Period." The fastest viewer, sorter, ftp'er +++ out there... And with fantastic support. If only all software was like this.
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5
Lazarus
28 April 2006
Version: 4.4.3b0424
If you are a digitally based photographer, then you need PhotoMechanic . Period. It is the single most useful tool in the market, nothing touches it for professional workflow in terms of organising and accessing images. I started using it about 6 months ago and almost on a daily basis find new ways in which it helps me work faster. The developers are very open to suggestions and respond personally to queries. As for price, well I wish that my $1400 CS2 with fancy bridge could load images for preview as fast as PM. It is instant. jpgs and RAW. my business generates several 1000 images a week and the ability to vet them, rename them and save them to 2 locations as they come off the card, and then burn to CD/DVD (and across multiple discs if needed) all from one app, is so tremendously timesaving. The Email and FTP features are a huge time saver. Clients want images emailed, select them, size them to what ever pixel dimensions and dpi and send them. Done. The zillion ways to catagorise images is so much better than Bridge, its a joke. Sort by any piece of metadata that you like. Great for separating images that are shot on different cameras, but merged and renamed in chronilogical order such as weddings. Want to see what each photog shot? Sort by serial number then. It just goes on. Any claim that PM is not a quality program, comes from the mouths of fools and is simply absurd. If for some reason your camera is not supported, email the devs and let them know. Or get a real camera :-)
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5
M85
26 April 2006
Version: 4.4.3b0424
I own this and GraphicConverter. GC is a great program but isn't set up to ingest, tag the best, or rate on a scale a folder full of images. PM is purpose-built for a professional workflow. There's nothing else in it's class for that.
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Anonymous
22 November 2005
Version: 4.4
LOL. Pentax RAW. For you and the one other guy out there who uses a Pentax digital camera.
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4.5
Anonymous
15 June 2005
Version: 4.3.7
The only one!!! The best!!! I run through thousands of digital immages every day, super!! Finaly digital immaging is becoming serious.
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2.75
Anonymous
15 June 2005
Version: 4.3.7
I did something stupid: I used the batch rename command of this program that I was still testing without backing up the photos first (was on a trip, limited HD space + time). For some mysterious reason, PM stopped renaming midway, but didn't give me any error message so I didn't know what was going on for a while. But I couldn't find a particular photo I remembered shooting so I went in the folder and discovered about 50 files with weird names like temp00003445.jpg (forgot exact format, but something similar). Judging from other reviews, this bug must not be that common and I'm just unlucky, but I have to rate from my own experience, and I wasted so much time just to figure out what was going on and manually reorganize everything that I pretty much hate this program.
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Neil2112
23 May 2005
Version: 4.3.6
Good reviews. But I only have one question: is it worth 5 times the price of GraphicConverter? I have a 700Mhz G4 iMac. Is PM that much faster. If it is I'll gladly pay the price.
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4.5
Anonymous
18 May 2005
Version: 4.3.6
Well, with OUT any questions this software is very, very EXPENSIVE !!! BUT??? Very, Very GOOD !!! I think probably the BEST there is.........if I will buy it? Well, it depends if I'll be able to "mug" a local bank, just kidding.......
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5
Anonymous
27 April 2005
Version: 4.3.5
As a photojournalist working at a big daily and for various wire services I can tell you nothing touches this program. Iphoto's ok for the very casual user, but gives up a hell of a lot of speed and power for it's simplicity. PhotoMechanic tech support is also second to none.
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Marook
16 January 2005
Version: 4.3
Tried this one out, and I have to admit it loads images fast. On the downside, it does Not read EXIF data(at least there's no way to show them like in iPhoto), so it show all 'portray' images laying down, meaning the time you saved on loading the images, you spend flipping images the right way. Also missing is a Reveal in Finder - strange feature left out of a n application used to browse folders of picts. I would consider this app if these bare-bones features was available.. but then again, iPhoto 5 is about to hit the streets...
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4.75
Anonymous
31 August 2004
Version: 4.2
This program is VERY FAST at generating variable-sized thumbnails for many types of images (including RAW files), yet it doesn't save disk-filling previews unless you want it to. Very flexible renaming features. Nice implementation of adding IPTC data using templates and EXIF/IPTC variables. Excellent for copying files from CF cards to laptop or desktop computer. Very simple to use, so I can maximize my time in the field concentrating on capturing images and downloading them quickly, yet with plenty of control over sorting and categorizing. Nice preview size. Highly recommended! Good suport from developer
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3.75
Anonymous
30 August 2004
Version: 4.2
I agree with most of the above comments. I work at a company that gets hundreds of photos each day and they need to be organized and searchable. We ordered both Photo Mechanic and iView Pro. iView Pro seemed too cluttered and slower but I favored it over Photo Mechanic because of the annoyances while navigating. The clicking on folders and having to navigate through each nested folder to get to the photos was a pain. I'd prefer it to be set up more like Adobe Photoshop's Image Browser (If only it was an external app!) I've also had issues with some TIF files not showing up and other JPEG's showing up all black.
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4.75
Anonymous
27 August 2004
Version: 4.2
I think Charlesworth has completely misunderstood Photo Mechanic. Not only has he based his preview on 4 and not 4.2. 4.2 includes a bunch of new features such as transmitting via ftp directly form PM. Color class is another new feature that allows you to quickly mark your files and speeding up your workflow. Photo Mechanic is not free, it is not cheap, if you don't need it. If you are a professional PJ you will need it and you will find it cheap. Image import is reasonably well handled, but you should take a look at the options offered by Nikon View to completely rename everything If there is one thing Photo Mechanic handles well it is renaming files. And furthermore the handling of IPTC and the use of variables in the IPTC are a must for any professional. I'd like the option of bigger thumbnails. Most of the other applications allow you to scale the thumb nails and that is useful when you have a 23 inch screen and want to look for the best shot of someone when they all look very similar. Bigger thumbnails?. How large do you want them? I haven't measured in pixels, but I would say I can get thumbnails at approx 500 pixels wide. The previews are limited by the jpg preview size attached to the file. That would not be so bad if I could click on a folder and see the image I needed even if it was in a sub folder. No, I have to click through sub folders to find an image before it will even display I really don't get that. If you use the ingest function you can save the imported files in any folder of your choice. It will as default save in a dated sub folder, yes, but it is easy to change that. I use the dated folder, making it easier for me in the archiving proces. What I'd like people to consider is its functionality compared to "consumer" applications such iPhoto, Kodak EasyShare, Canon ImageBrowser, and Nikon View, or to Canon's "Pro" File Viewer. All of these are essentially free and for the most part have everyday capabilities beyond Photo Mechanic. Comparing Photo Mechanic to any of these browsers is like comparing a Range Rover to a horse cart. They both will eventually get you to the right place, but at different cost and speed.
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Uzboxberg
26 August 2004
Version: 4.2
P. Charlesworth is absolutely right. The best image browsing program ever for OSX was "Curator", by the unfortunately gone "Caffeine Software", which was 39 bucks at the time. (it can still be downloaded from their website http://www.caffeinesoft.com/ but you have to get a serial no., although it should be in the public domain ?!). Curator had a nicer interface, the fastest thumbnail creation, resizing and scrolling, built-in timed and manual full screen slideshow for sorting by highlighting images from within the show (!), HTML export, customizable downsizing for mail etc., the most complete EXIF-imformation I've ever seen, contact sheets, image annotation and renaming (automatic from EXIF), and most important, it let YOU create your file system (unlike iPhoto !) in that it created symbolic links to your files (you could also create albums within the app). Finally, I use to keep thumbnail images after burning originals to disc and deleting them from HD, for easy retrieval. (By the way, in three years of heavy use it never ever crashed one single time !!). If you don't find a SN for this, try at least that cross-platform app called "XnView", which is FREE, and does everything PM is supposed to do (it needs X11, but no problem under Panther; otherwise it looks a bit like a Linux/Windoze thing). In addition, XnView not only creates contact sheets, slideshows etc., but you can do basic image editing, filtering etc., the red eye reduction is fantastic, and best of all, it has great automatic renaming capabilities of whole folders (xxx01, xxx02 etc.). And, it is FREE !
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Paul Charlesworth
26 August 2004
Version: 4.2
This review is based on PM 4, and not on the latest version. At $150, this software is probably out of the reach of casual users. That may be the authors intentions, to only serve those of us who can purchase our cameras on a business account. I'm lucky to have my univerisity pay for such luxuries as the new EOS 20D, but many people are not. Even with ths luxury, I question the value of this software after using it for the demo period, bust as the "professional" choices for image cataloging are fairly limited, there is little competition. What I'd like people to consider is its functionality compared to "consumer" applications such iPhoto, Kodak EasyShare, Canon ImageBrowser, and Nikon View, or to Canon's "Pro" File Viewer. All of these are essentially free and for the most part have everyday capabilities beyond Photo Mechanic. Photo Mechanic has a slight edge in terms of snappy feel, but so should software with little functionality. My first concern is how this software helps you organize your images. Well it does not really. If you look at the album systems, date organization, and folder organization of the others, this program is far behind them. That would not be so bad if I could click on a folder and see the image I needed even if it was in a sub folder. No, I have to click through sub folders to find an image before it will even display. If you are shooting several groups per day, several days per week, several months per year, you have a huge backup of nested folders and I'd like a quicker way to get to them. Take a look at how Apple and Kodak handle this, and see how smooth it works. Image import is reasonably well handled, but you should take a look at the options offered by Nikon View to completely rename everything. It is a very useful option. I also like Kodaks ability to scan the backup disks I make so that when looking for an image that has been archived, my software would tell me where it is. I know that, for the most part, people frown upon some of the tools that iPhoto, Adobe Photoshop Album, or any of the others offer, but they are very useful quick fixes and if well written are extremely effective. It is essential that any image program such as this has a basic set of tools that the consumer would use. I'd like the option of bigger thumbnails. Most of the other applications allow you to scale the thumb nails and that is useful when you have a 23 inch screen and want to look for the best shot of someone when they all look very similar. What do the authors mean by "Optimized for professional cameras?" Are we talking about RAW, because there are plenty of RAW-Capable applications. Are we talking about EXIF, because all the Nikon and Canon cameras I have provide essentially the same data. What exactly does this mean? Maybe it is the "Image Variable Technology," whatever that means. Where does this program shine? Well, it feels faster than the most of the others, but that could be attributed to its spartan interface, and it provides the best contact sheet. All the other applications provide contact sheets, but only Nikon View really challenges this applications single strength. Well, my demo period has almost expired and I am sure that I missed some important features that a "Pro" cannot live without. However, for me, there are too many less expensive and more capable applications available to even consider spending $150 of my own money. I'm not sure I'd even spend $150 of my companies money when I can do all of this with the free applications I am provided, or one of the cataloging applications I already have (iView and Tri-Catalog).
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4.5
Anonymous
21 June 2004
Version: 4.1.3.1
This isn't a buggy shareware program. It's a tool in constant development by a dedicated group of professional programers that respond to their users requests for features and help. You get what you pay for. If you aren't a pro, or at least a serious amatuer photog, you probably can't afford and don't need this program. You're right, it is annoying. So, don't bitch about the price of something you don't want, need or understand. You don't go into a Honda dealership and bitch because you came in with a Civic budget, but can't afford a loaded Prelude.
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Anonymous
08 June 2004
Version: 3.2.6
I'm not one to complain about price, I usually get annoyed by such posts. but ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS?? Come on. No way.
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Frontpage
21 July 2003
Version: 3.2.4
First of all, this is an app targeted at professional photographers so if you're just looking for new tools to try for a digital point-n-shoot, NikonView, GraphicConverter, iPhoto, or some such app are better deals. I'm a fulltime professional using Nikon D1s and D1Hs and our department has been using PM (Photo Mechanic) for several years. I had popped in, looking for an update and saw that no one had commented on PM with over 1700 downloads made here. Maybe the price is steep? I was shocked, honestly, when I saw the figure for a new user. Our company pays for it. Simply put, PM is as stable as anyone could ask for. And when I'm working deadlines, the thing that rakes my coals is a seizure of a computer. I work with images every day, opening folders that contain upwards of 500 each sometimes, and PM has rarely ever seized or frozen. And upgrading to OSX with PM installed, I have only had occassional Photoshop crashes while sending photos over the 56k. Never have I had to reboot while editing and transmitting, and have had one PM crash that I can recall in OSX. The user interface is easy to adjust to. I have been working with v.3.2.2 for months now and have had numerous updates, all of which were quite stable, including the days of Quantum Mechanic. For businesses, it's a great investment for the digital shooter, but for the individual who has to watch the counting of beans, there are some freebies out there. Or, at least some apps that don't quite cost an arm, leg and eye (which is the last thing a shooter would want to lose). As a backup, I have NikonView loaded, but have only used it as a curiosity, I think, twice. We had PM in Macs from G3/233 Mhz to G4 Titaniums and iBooks using OS9 and Jag. All of the computers used had a deep cache of DIMMS installed (thanks, Dave) since other programs being used included Photoshop, AP Leafdesk, IE/Netscape, Fetch, and the occasional "Cat-in-the-Dock." It'll be hard to distinguish the value of PM since the money didn't come from my pockets, and I have yet to do without it, fortunately. But I think it'll be 5s across the board since the features, ease, and stability are tops. Value? I decided 5. Because the target IS the pro market, and NikonView and GraphicConverter are not yet able to keep up with this. If it were my money, I'd probably wind up shelling out the bucks in a huff, complaining about the cost (but that's what tax write-offs are for).
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