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Camera Bits issues second public beta of Photo Mechanic 4.6.8  
Thursday, August 25, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
Camera Bits has posted the second public beta of the next release of its pro photo browser Photo Mechanic. Version 4.6.8 public beta 2 for Mac corrects incompatibilities introduced by Mac OS X Lion, while both Mac and Windows versions add support for RAW files captured with the Olympus E-PL2, Panasonic DMC-GF2 and DMC-GH2 and fix a handful of minor bugs.

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A complete list of the changes in v4.6.8 public beta 2, relative to v4.6.7, is below.

Version 4.6.8

* (Mac) Updated the slideshow and live slideshow to work with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).  Computers still running Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) will need a special "legacy" build that uses the old slideshow ( has links to both versions).  HINT: To move the slideshow to a different monitor, temporarily use the 'F' key to toggle between full screen and window mode, drag the slideshow window to a different monitor, and then resume to full screen with 'F' key.
* Added support for RAW ORF files from the Olympus E-PL2, DMC-GF2, and DMC-GH2.
* Fixed {frame} and {frame4} variables for JPEG and NEF files saved from Capture NX2.
* When uploading, the cached upload images (not your originals) are deleted when their image processing is complete.  Upload images are also deleted if the upload is terminated.
* (Win) Autoplay will now launch Photo Mechanic and if configured to ingest, PM will display the ingest dialog.
* Fixed an issue with Ingest where the {seqn} value would be incremented when using a local IPTC Stationery Pad that didn't contain the {seqn} variable (but the global IPTC Stationery Pad did).
* The {seqn} value is only incremented by one when saving from Preview window.
* Fixed an issue that would cause improperly formatted but otherwise valid GPS coordinates to be discarded.
* Fixed an issue with expanding extremely large {variable} lookups.
* (Mac) Fixed an issue in the Preview window that would cause the user's choice of layout to be disregarded.
* (Mac) Fixed an issue with launching classic (Rosetta) Photoshop droplets.
* PEF files now treated properly as TIFF-based RAW.
* Enabled cropping feature for RAW Sony formats ARW, SR2, and SRF.We need your feedback on any bugs or issues with the latest beta version.

Please send your feedback to, or to one of the engineers if you have been in direct communication with them in the past.

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