Photo Mechanic
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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.

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What's New
Version 5.0:
  • Improved the look of the user interface to a more professional dark background.
  • Added support for numerous IPTC Extension and PLUS licensing fields.
  • Movie files can now be captioned with IPTC using an XMP sidecar file.
  • The IPTC dialogs can now be customized to show only the fields of concern, their order in the dialog, and the field headers.
  • Improved the speed of browsing by using a faster JPEG implementation (since JPEGs are used for the internal disk cache of thumbnails and previews).
  • Ingest can now automatically begin upon mounting of flash cards.
  • Added the ability to choose maximum file size (with a minimum quality) for the JPEG Save As command.
  • You can now upload a photo directly from the IPTC Info dialog.
  • Improved the speed of sorting and filtering by using an internal database cache for image preferences such as rating and for image capture time.
  • Added the ability to sort by Date or Name in the Favorites / Navigator panes.
  • Added a Tasks section underneath the Navigator to show Ingest and Upload status.
  • The Preview window is now non-modal so it can be kept open on a second monitor.
  • The Preview window can now be configured to display thumbnails on the left or on the bottom.
  • Added a snapshot menu for Set Info Text configurations in the Preview window.
  • The Preview window can now show blown highlights and underexposed shadows.
  • Crops can now be rotated to arbitrary angles to match the horizon. Crops are now stored in XMP using the Adobe ACR namespace and are therefore recognized by Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom and other applications that use the same XMP namespace.
  • Crops can be removed in a batch using the Tool menu command "Remove Crops."
  • Constrained crops can now have non-integral ratios (e.g. 2.5 x 2).
  • Movie files can be played back in the preview window. Crops can be applied and stills can be extracted (via Save As).
  • When browsing directly from a flash card (which is NOT recommended), Photo Mechanic will not modify the contents of files to record user preferences such as tag, color class, rating, and crops. Changes to IPTC are also not saved. This change was made to avoid problems with allocating additional space on full disks.
Version 5.0:
  • Improved the look of the user interface to a more professional dark background.
  • Added support for numerous IPTC Extension and PLUS licensing fields.
  • Movie files can now be captioned with IPTC using an XMP sidecar file.
  • The IPTC dialogs can now be customized to show only the fields of concern, their order in the dialog, and the field more...
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Macedward commented on 19 Aug 2013
Since 2012 the PM 5 is no longer a beta. Great product by the way!
[Version 5.0]


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Lambsporriegetta reviewed on 09 Jun 2011
This application forms one of the first principals of digital photography. It's absolutely necessary.
[Version 4.6.7]


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Mx reviewed on 03 Feb 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.
[Version 4.6.6]

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Macfoto replied on 11 Mar 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 replied on 12 Mar 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 replied on 05 Apr 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 replied on 05 Apr 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 replied on 05 Apr 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 replied on 25 Sep 2013
It's "Ingest", not "Injest". I make my comment somewhat in jest...
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Bigboysdad reviewed on 16 Oct 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.
[Version 4.6.6]


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kedos commented on 10 Oct 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.
[Version 4.5.3.2]

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Tdev commented on 01 Mar 2010
Canon's don't mount on the desktop: it's a "feature" of the Canon brand. USe a USB card reader. Problem solved.
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CharlesTeton reviewed on 03 Apr 2007
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.
[Version 4.4.3.3]


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lazarus reviewed on 28 Apr 2006
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 :-)
[Version 4.4.3b0424]


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m85 reviewed on 26 Apr 2006
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.
[Version 4.4.3b0424]


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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Nov 2005
LOL. Pentax RAW.

For you and the one other guy out there who uses a Pentax digital camera.
[Version 4.4]

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Anonymous commented on 21 Nov 2005
As a Mac user, you should be careful with your jokes. Statistically, in a room of 25 people, Mac software support is only important to "you and that other guy who uses a Mac."
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Rubaiyat replied on 11 Jan 2010
Closer to a room of 50 people.

You were being a little generous there, or the room was in Cupertino.
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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Jun 2005
The only one!!!
The best!!!
I run through thousands of digital immages every day, super!!
Finaly digital immaging is becoming serious.
[Version 4.3.7]


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Sausalitodog rated on 09 Mar 2013

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Date:09 Jan 2014
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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.



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