Public beta of Photo Mechanic 4.4.1 available for testing
Thursday, December 22, 2005 | by Rob Galbraith
Camera Bits today has released a public beta version of Photo Mechanic v4.4.1 for Windows and Mac. The list of changes noted in the included Read Me are:
The Revert TIFF-based RAW to original command now has an option to backup a photo’s existing IPTC/XMP (e.g. embedded by Photo Mechanic 4.4+) into an XMP sidecar file.
Update IPTC/XMP now synchronizes the tag and color class between a RAW+JPEG pair.
RAW+JPEG can now join across folders. Add the folder containing RAW photos to a contact sheet along with the folder containing JPEG photos. If the names match then the RAW and JPEG photos can be joined as RAW+JPEG pairs. This is very useful for the Update IPTC/XMP command and image preferences like tag and color class.
Fixed problems with certain variables used for folder naming in Ingest.
(Windows) Fixed several problems and made improvements to the Favorites and Navigator panes. Fixed a problem with drag & drop to Favorites folder not copying to the correct folder. Creating a new folder in the Navigator now makes the folder visible and selects it for renaming. Drag reordering of Favorites now shows an insertion indicator.
Added a new “Remember folders...” command that remembers the state of a multi-folder contact sheet as a Favorite that can later be launched.
Added a checkbox to Contact Sheet pane of the Preferences dialog that allows you to turn off the generation of high-quality thumbnails for speedy browsing of large TIFF photos.
Fixed a problem where some photos would be skipped when performing lossless JPEG rotation.
Exif thumbnails are now updated for Save As with the JPEG format.
Fixed a problem with adjusting capture date/times on Nikon NEF files.
IPTC Info navigates through visible items only, and it navigates through selected items only if the photo on entry is selected.
Added a JPEG size estimator to the Send Photos via Email dialog.
Brought back the (Mac) Command-Ctrl-F1 through Command-Ctrl-F9 or (Win) Ctrl+F1 through Ctrl+F9 keyboard shortcuts for filtering individual color classes. F1 views all color classes.
IPTC Info navigation now makes sure that the Contact Sheet that it came from scrolls to keep the current photo visible on screen.
Added keyboard shortcuts for Select Rotated and Select Others (invert).
Source and destination paths are refreshed after drag and drop copy/move to Navigator and Favorites folders.
Fixed several minor crop tool annoyances when cropping in zoom mode.
IPTC category lists with illegal UTF-8 encodings no longer hangs PM when clicking on the popup menus in the IPTC dialogs.
You can now select and change or select and delete items from the IPTC Stationery Lists editor when the words have illegal character sequences in them (characters replaced by '?').
(Mac) Fixed problems with setting Photo Mechanic as the application to launch for Image Capture.
(Mac) Added 'Esc' key shortcut to close FTP Progress window.
(Mac) Fixed problems with Color Class Filter widget when mouse is released outside the bounds of the control.
(Mac) Having the Favorites/Navigator pane collapsed in Contact Sheet windows no longer causes a slowdown.
(Win) Alt+] and Alt+[ now work as advertised in the IPTC Info dialog for Save & -> and Save & <-.