Today, Camera Bits released the new version of their fast image viewer, Photo Mechanic 6. They are now teasing a limited public beta for a long-requested catalog add-on feature which will be called Photo Mechanic Plus.
On April 22, owners of the new Photo Mechanic 6 will be invited to participate in a limited public beta of Photo Mechanic Plus at no additional cost. Camera Bits described their catalog feature as "an image database for managing large numbers of image files across multiple locations." It's unknown at this time if they plan on doing anything new in this area, or rather just matching functionality that other programs such as Adobe Lightroom and Capture One are capable of here.
For beta testers, Camera Bits said that they will have a forum set up for users to give their feedback on the program's features and performance. However, they also said that there would be no formal customer support for the catalog feature while in its public beta period.
After the beta period is over, Photo Mechanic Plus will be offered as a paid upgrade from Photo Mechanic 6 with pricing still to be determined.
Only paying customers of Photo Mechanic 6 will be eligible to test out Photo Mechanic Plus in beta, so users on the 30-day free trial will not be able to participate.