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Camera Bits releases Photo Mechanic  
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Camera Bits has released v4.5.3.2 of Photo Mechanic for Mac and Windows, after a public beta period. The release fixes a number of minor bugs, adds support for rendering RAW files from the Nikon D60 and Olympus E-3 in the Mac version plus it introduces product activation to the pro photo browsing and transfer program for the first time.

Photo Mechanic is a free update for those who have purchased a license since March 2006 (or March 2005 if you have a student copy), or US$90 to upgrade an older license (US$100 for delivery on CD). A new license is US$150 (or US$160 on CD). A trial version is available (registration is required to evaluate the software).

More information is in the version history below.


  • (Mac) Added support for as-shot RAW rendering using ImageIO on Mac OS X 10.5.3 for the Nikon D60, Olympus E-3, and the Sony DSLR-A200 and DLSR-A350.
  • (Mac) Restored speed of browsing and ingesting flash cards due to Mac OS X 10.5.3 update.
  • Added support for reading Nikon's frame number from maker notes of newer cameras.
  • Added the ability to synchronize the color class value with the IPTC/XMP Urgency field. This provides color label compatibility support for Nikon Capture NX 2 and other applications that use the IPTC/XMP Urgency field for non-standard purposes.
  • Sound files (.WAV) that are named "SND_xxxx.WAV" are now attached to photos that have the same frame number as part of their filename (e.g. "IMG_xxxx.JPG").
  • (Win) Fixed issue in IPTC Info dialog where there were two date controls instead of a single date and single time control.
  • (Win) Holding down the Shift key when opening the Page Setup dialog causes the current Default Printer to be acquired.
  • Ingest now ignores folders that begin with a period ('.').
  • The IPTC Info dialog now correctly saves the IPTC Date and Time when set to Capture Time or Modification Time.
  • Applying an IPTC Stationery Pad with Capture Time or Modification Time now works properly. Doing so now also sets the IPTC Time as well as the IPTC Date.
  • Spaces are now inserted between the command and the next keyword in the Keywords field.
  • The JPEG quality setting now works properly on the entire set of Uploader templates.
  • (Win) Fixed problem with cursor positioning when using Code Replacement on a text field with multiple lines.
  • (Mac) Fixed a problem with temporary filenames being too long when copying photos to a Windows server using AFP.
  • (Mac) On Leopard, applying the Color Class via keyboard shortcut would apply the setting multiple times. This has been fixed.
  • (Mac) The Color Class snapshot button in the General tab of the Preferences dialog now works correctly.
  • (Mac) Fixed a problem in Save As where the saved filename would have a .JPG.TIF extension when TIFF was the chosen output and the source was a RAW photo of a RAW+JPEG pair.
  • (Win) Structured keywords help file is now correct.
  • Sorting by {lens} now works properly for focal lengths greater than or equal to 100.
  • Added code to recover from missing settings data from Export and Uploader templates.
  • XMP settings for Adobe Camera Raw are no longer embedded into JPEGs (e.g. when updating XMP from a RAW file to its JPEG pair).
  • XMP sidecar files are no longer transferred when FTP As is used on a RAW file to upload a JPEG or TIFF.

Revision History
August 7, 2008: Corrected an error in the description of the free update period.

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