Camera Bits Launches Photo Mechanic 4.6.2 Image Browsing Software, Revamped Manual, and New Website

Oct 9, 2009


Camera Bits Launches New Website; Improved Photo Mechanic Manual; and Photo Mechanic 4.6.2 Photo Browser Software

View Live, Cross-Platform Demonstrations of Innovative Photo Workflow Solutions Only Possible with Photo Mechanic at PhotoPlus Expo in New York City from October 22 - 24, 2009 in Camera Bits' Booth #967

Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 8, 2009 -- Camera Bits, Inc. (, a pioneering provider of software for professional digital photographers, today announced the launch of its new website, the introduction of its improved Photo Mechanic user manual and the October 22, 2009 general availability of Photo Mechanic version 4.6.2, the industry standard photo browser and workflow accelerator software. The launch of Photo Mechanic 4.6.2 will coincide with PhotoPlus Expo in New York City from October 22 - 24, 2009 where attendees can view live, cross-platform demonstrations of innovative workflow solutions only possible with Photo Mechanic in Camera Bits' booth (#967).

The new website will continue to host the many resources that have maintained Camera Bits' strong sales and outstanding customer service record, including its user forums, with more than 21,000 posts covering 4,500 topics by 3,100 members. In addition, the new will have a library of video tutorials, helpful for both beginners and professionals alike, detailed feature/function descriptions and screen captures, Photo Mechanic user reviews, the story behind the founding of the company in 1996, the development of the software and biographies of key personnel at Camera Bits. It will also serve as the home of the improved Photo Mechanic user manual, which incorporates several new sets of intuitive instructions, tips and techniques for version 4.6, including:

  • GPS functions,
  • Speeding up captioning,
  • Searching and finding photos,
  • Uploading status indicators,
  • New HTML template exporter,
  • Sample Adobe and Capture NX2 IPTC/XMP preference settings,
  • A full Variables list,
  • Command summaries,
  • Keyboard shortcuts and an
  • Expanded FAQ section.

Photo Mechanic 4.6.2

Photo Mechanic 4.6.2's improvements were designed to continually advance its speed and integration with other imaging hardware and software, in addition to fully supporting Mac OS X Snow Leopard. New product features include:

  • Improvements to uploading templates, including those from PhotoShelter and Zenfolio;
  • Changes to the handling of structured keywords in XMP to better perform with Adobe applications that use structured keywords;
  • Improvements with RAW file handling and support for RAW files from new camera models built by Canon, Nikon, Olympus and more; and
  • Stability, speed and service improvements for both Leopard and Snow Leopard, including improved SpotLight searching, the ability to "Browse with Photo Mechanic" via the Finder, and a separate handler for Navigation Services Dialogs to protect against known OS issues.

"When you buy software from a vendor you are really investing in that company. You trust that company to look after your valuable images," said Nick Didlick, photojournalist. "I can't think of one company I trust more with the management of my photos than Camera Bits. It always amazes me that they can offer the kind of customer service they do - it is simply unmatched. My advice to other photographers is to update to the newest of Photo Mechanic because if they are not they're really missing out. What they have in their software - today - they developed it because they know you'll want to use it - 3 or 4 years out."

Photo Mechanic is by far the most popular photo editing software used by photojournalists, major newspapers and news organizations, including The Associated Press, which standardized its workflow around Photo Mechanic, as well as educational institutions and the U.S. Military.

"We are very pleased to present our customers with so many new enhancements to our services and software," said Dennis Walker, founder and president/CEO of Camera Bits. "Photo Mechanic has evolved into the industry standard photo browser and workflow accelerator over the past many years, as is evidenced by the strong demand for version 4.6 by our thousands of customers worldwide. We wanted our website and user manual to reflect the same degree of advancement. These new resources will take the user experience to a whole new level; we have always put photographers' interests first, and we have continually developed Photo Mechanic, the new website and the manual to address as many of their needs as quickly and effectively as possible."

For additional information about Camera Bits or Photo Mechanic, please visit or call (503) 547-2800.

About Photo Mechanic
Photo Mechanic is a photo browser and workflow accelerator that has set the standards in its field for more than a decade. Users of the program can speed through the import, captioning, and editing process at a rate that goes unmatched, thanks to Photo Mechanic's straightforward design and wide range of customizable workflow tools. The program's powerful Ingest command reads images from memory cards, flattens directory structures, applies IPTC metadata, creates backups on separate disks and renames files - all in a single step. Photo Mechanic speeds through the editing of large numbers of photos to select keepers, rename, classify, and organize, and its many output options allow photographers to easily create Web galleries and slideshows, print contact sheets, transfer photos to an FTP server or upload them to an online archive, share photos via email, store favorites and much more.

About Camera Bits:
Camera Bits is a pioneering provider of software for professional digital photographers. Technology visionary and president/CEO Dennis Walker founded the company in 1996 with a simple purpose - design powerful, intuitive software that will improve the workflow of the digital photographer. Among the first of Camera Bits' innovative developments were the unified color artifact and noise filter Quantum Mechanic, moiré pattern reducer Moiré Eraser, and "banding" noise filter Band Aide. The success of programs led to the development of the prize member of the Camera Bits' digital arsenal, Photo Mechanic, a photo browser and workflow accelerator that to-date is unmatched in its vast capabilities. To learn more about the history of Camera Bits, the technology behind its software, the man behind it all, on how to apply for educational discount, please visit or call (503) 547-2800.

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