Photo Mechanic 5 Released
“Photo Mechanic is a standalone image browser and workflow accelerator that lets you view your photos with convenience and speed.”
— Camera Bits.
By Andrew Hudson Published: August 22, 2012 Updated: November 26, 2013
The latest version of Photo Mechanic is now available. On August 6, 2012, Portland, Oregon-based company Camera Bits released version 5 of their popular photo ingesting, tagging, and browsing tool.
With an almost a cult-like following among photojournalists and stock photographers, Photo Mechanic is an industry-standard front-end tool to initially review and sort photos, and tag them with IPTC metadata.
“New additions include significantly improved metadata handling capabilities. All of the major IPTC fields are now supported and user’s can now customize the dialog layout.”
— Dennis Walker, CEO & Founder, Camera Bits
- Photo Mechanic’s Contact Sheet is the core of Photo Mechanic, providing a way to view your images quickly, conveniently, and customized according to your needs.
- Quickly rotate, preview, copy, delete, tag, watermark, rename, resize, and add IPTC metadata to photos both individually and in batches.
- Manually arrange photos in an arbitrary order — even across multiple folders.
- Adjust capture dates and times, change a files resolution, or embed an ICC profile into your JPEGs.
- View photos at full resolution using the Preview window. Zoom up to 800% to check for critical sharpness.
- View and compare images side by side both horizontally and vertically. Spot differences between images that are too subtle for a single image view, or just to help you pick between two top choices.
- Add or update metadata to batches of images using Photo Mechanic’s IPTC Stationary Pad.
- Photo Mechanic allows you to add, copy, or modify GPS coordinates to individual or groups of photos.
- Import GPX or NMEA log files from a GPS device to calculate the GPS coordinates of selected photos. Easily adjust for time differences between the photos and the GPS log to improve accuracy.
— From Camera Bits
Sources: Camera Bits, Camera Bits press release, 8/6/12 (PDF)., Next page: Getty Images bought by The Carlyle Group