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Thursday, February 3, 2011
So Photo Mechanic has always seemed interesting to me from the various reports floating about on the web. The ability to embed IPTC data was particularly attractive (as in Nikon's proprietary software). The problem was the hefty price-tag of US$150. This was a touch steep for a South African and for just an initial edit and workflow programme (you still need an editing suite as this is just for sorting, naming, and playing with XMP and IPTC data).
Camera Bits are offering the Photo Mechanic Software for a limited period special of $60 as a birthday promotion. This prompted me to try out the programme. Within the hour I had changed the demo to a bought copy. Compared to View the software flies. There more information and it works seamlessly with Capture NX2. Sadly NX2 is still as slow as ever but Photo Mechanics speeds up the overall workflow so the NX2 speed blues aren't quite as annoying.One brilliant feature is the ability to export TIFFs from NEFs directly from PM with the adjustments made in NX2. Brilliant!
If you work with lots of RAW files and are a Nikon user it is definitely worth trying out Photo Mechanic. I can't say the same for Canon users but by all accounts it should be as effective.
Posted by Emil von Maltitz at 10:09 AM