Camera Bits has announced that a major new version of Photo Mechanic is on its way to being released March 25.
It's been a long time since we've seen a new version release, with Photo Mechanic 5 making its debut in August 2012. Known for its speed, Photo Mechanic is a media browser that makes photo ingesting, viewing, culling, tagging, and exporting faster than using giant catalog-based editors like Lightroom and Capture One. Event photographers that work in wedding, sports, and journalism fields benefit from having a media browser like this that can cull thousands of images shot in a short time span. In my own trial runs, I've found it to be a good tool to cull bird and wildlife photos where I will heavily use continuous burst shooting.
The new Photo Mechanic 6 has been rewritten to be 64-bit compatible which, as Camera Bits said, ensures "you won't be left behind by OS updates." It features an improved user interface that will be more compact and streamlined. Camera Bits also teased that it would be two to three times faster at displaying thumbnails. Finally, one new feature that has been announced is the ability to ingest photos from a selection of images on a memory card.
Pricing for Photo Mechanic 6 will be $139 for a new license, $89 to upgrade, and free upgrades to those who purchased Photo Mechanic in the last year. The release date is set for March 25, and Camera Bits plans to share more about the new version as time grows near.