Lightroom 4 vs or in conjunction with Photomechanic
Is this a dead issue? I can't find anything recent on this subject while using the Nikonians search (which doesn't seem to be able to sort by date - a subject/question for another post). While I can find Photo Mechanic listed at Camera Bits, I can't find it at Adorama and Amazon says they don't know when it will be available again.
IMHO LR is fantastic, major improvements with each upgrade although I'm wondering at what point Adobe is going to split LR from Photoshop or no longer offer Elements or combine it with Elements or raise prices (also another topic). For me this is probably a moot point since I owned the software that was purchased by Adobe and became Lightroom, have upgraded through each version of Lr and already have LR4. However,I became curious about this when noticed Nikonians is listing as benefit for Silver and higher members "Significant discounts on e.g.: - Photomechanic from Camerea Bits.'
As near as I can find out LR and Photomechanic are similar in several ways and both cost about the same since Adobe has reduced the LR4 price - at least for now. Is there any advantage to having both? Or one over the other?
#1. "RE: Lightroom 4 vs or in conjunction with Photomechanic" | In response to Reply # 0walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Sat 07-Apr-12 02:27 PM
I wouldn't worry about LR being "split" from Photoshop (it's already a separate, although complementary product) or Elements going away. As for Photo Mechanic, it's doing fine and downloading it from Camera Bits is the normal way to purchase it. They are about to release version 5 and will also offer an option for cataloging, which is not something they've done to date.
If you're comparing Lightroom and the current version of Photo Mechanic, the primary differences are that Lightroom is an editing, browsing and cataloging program, whereas Photo Mechanic is a browser. Both allow you to work well with larger quantities of files and both have good systems for handling keywording, application of metadata, geotagging, etc. In that sense, there's some overlap in functions. Where Photo Mechanic excels is in situations where you may have really large quantities of images from a single shoot that you need to work with in a very short period of time. Think event or sports photography. Photo Mechanic is very fast, in part since it uses embedded previews within raw files, but also because it was deliberately written for speed. It also has some other features suited for event or sports photography, including clever things like the ability to associate a player's number with his or her name, etc.
Do you need Photo Mechanic if you already have Lightroom? Most people (including me) wouldn't. I have both, but don't use Photo Mechanic often, especially as LR has grown in capabilities over the last few years. I find LR more than fast enough, even when I'm downloading thousands of images from a multi-day shoot. If I only had a half-hour to go through them and get certain ones out to someone, I might use Photo Mechanic first, delete out the ones I didn't want to keep, and then import only a subset into LR. That isn't a scenario I need to worry about, so I just download all in LR and use its features (which I like very much) to do the same.
If you're not using LR, but are using a product like NX2 that lacks a good browser/keyworder, etc., then Photo Mechanic is a fantastic complement and works quite well. In fact, you can tailor Photo Mechanic to some of the peculiarities of the NX2 workflow and make it work well. Most of the interest I see on Nikonians is with NX2 users, and I definitely recommend it to them. It's vastly better than using View NX2 or Capture NX2's browser. Similarly many NX2 users will want to check out version 5's cataloging feature when it's released.