Late yesterday Camera Bits released Photo Mechanic 4.0 for Windows, a complete revamp of the photo browser that is better known among Mac-based newspaper and wire service photographers and is the first update of Photo Mechanic on the Windows platform since January 2002. Fortunately, the new release has been worth the wait: v4.0 is shaping up to be a rock-solid pro image browser.
Photo Mechanic 4.0's near-full screen preview mode
In classic Camera Bits fashion, the final, final v4.0 will emerge through a series of updates in the weeks ahead. The initial release browses JPEGs and TIFFs only; the ability to see thumbnails and previews of most digital SLR RAW formats is not switched on as yet. Colour management support is also slated for a near-term update.
Still, there's plenty to like in yesterday's v4.0 release, including a preview mode that offers ACDSee-like speed by reading the next photo into memory as the current one is being viewed, a spellchecker for the caption field plus virtually all of the essential image transfer, browsing, captioning and renaming features of Photo Mechanic for Mac.
Photo Mechanic 4.0 for Windows is US$150, and supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP only. Those who registered the previous version of Photo Mechanic for Windows after September 11, 2001 are eligible for a free update to v4.0. See the Camera Bits web site for upgrade details, which vary depending on when the previous version was purchased. A fully-functioning, time-limited trial version is also available.
Late last month, Photo Mechanic for Mac was updated to 3.2.4. The changes since v3.2.3 affect only the use of the program's customized America 24/7 mode. Photo Mechanic 4.0 for Mac is pegged for release sometime later this year.