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Camera Bits' logo. Click here to visit the Camera Bits website! Photo Mechanic 4.6.7 released
(Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 15:16 EDT)

Camera Bits Inc. has released an updated version of its workflow tool, Photo Mechanic, for both the Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Photo Mechanic v4.6.7 adds support for Raw files from the Olympus E-5 and XZ-1, and improves support for a variety of Canon models including the EOS 60D, Rebel T2i / EOS 550D, Rebel T3i / EOS 600D, Rebel XS / EOS 1000D, and Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D.

The new version also includes a wide variety of feature changes and bug fixes for both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Notable changes include two fixes for potential crash bugs on the Macintosh, an update to the SmugMug uploader after changes to that site's functionality, the ability to open the preview dialog courtesy of the spacebar, improved sharpness in the IPTC Info dialog, and improved support for case sensitive filesystems. Nikon shooters will also appreciate flash exposure compensation support for a variety of the company's cameras and flash strobes, while Canon users gain support for serial numbers beyond 2147483647.

Courtesy of Camera Bits, a full list of changes made in the new release is as follows. Updates specific to one or other operating system are listed separately at the end:

  • Improved support for Canon EOS 60D, EOS 550D/Rebel T2i, EOS 600D/Rebel T3i, EOS 1000D/Rebel XS, and EOS 1100D/Rebel T3 models.

  • Added support for RAW ORF files from the Olympus E-5 and XZ-1.

  • Updated the SmugMug uploader template to work with the latest changes to the SmugMug service.

  • Updated the DF Studio LINK uploader template to support new features.

  • The spacebar now opens the preview dialog, regardless of the selection, and shows the first thumbnail of the contact sheet (with no selection) or the first thumbnail of the selected group (one or more).

  • Image in IPTC Info dialog should now be sharp, even when PM is instructed not to make high quality thumbnails.

  • Fixed an issue with the use of {seqn} in Ingest and having the sequence number reset.

  • Fixed the reading of serial numbers larger than 2147483647 for certain Canon models.

  • Added support for external flash exposure compensation tag for certain Nikon cameras and speedlights. The external flash exposure compensation is now added to the camera body's flash exposure compensation for models with built-in flash (e.g. D700).

  • Improved support for case sensitive file systems.

  • Fixed an issue with the Classic IPTC Stationery Pad and using Today's date as the default, which would end up applying the Capture Time to the IPTC data instead of Today's date.

  • Fixed an issue where switching the IPTC Date/Time popup from Capture Time to Date would show a strange date. Now the IPTC record of the image is consulted for its current IPTC Date/Time value.

  • Fixed an issue with exporting preferences and the user had not yet used the Structured Keywords panel.

  • Fixed issues when entering several variables into the Keywords field, especially when using variables with substring extraction.

  • Preference for not modifying RAW files is now obeyed for Canon CR2 files when ingesting and copying.

Windows-specific changes:

  • Fixed problem with launching photos into already running instance of Photoshop versions greater than 5.0.

  • Fixed an issue with the 'E' keyboard shortcut in the Preview window when no default editor had been set.

  • IPTC variables now work for header and footer when printing contacting sheets.

  • Updated libSDL to the latest version that fixes an issue with sound playback if the path/filename of the sound file had non-ASCII characters.

Macintosh-specific changes:

  • Fixed a crash bug when reading files and a read-error occurs (e.g. with corrupted flash cards).

  • Fixed crashing issue where quickly and repeatedly pressing Command-W to close the Preview window would close the Preview and the Contact Sheet and later the application would crash.

  • Fixed issue where attempting to launch Photoshop CS5 droplets would fail to launch droplet.

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