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Question for Photo Mechanic Users

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Replytoken, May 24, 2019.

  1. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    I need to change out my post processing workflow due to one of my main pieces of software no longer being supported. This is going to impact my workflow, and I was wondering if Photo Mechanic might be able to fill a few of the roles of the software I am replacing. What I would like to know is if PM can do the following in the following order:
    • rename photos with a custom date-based scheme
    • automatically create and place the renamed images in date-based folders following this folder naming scheme (yyyy-mm-dd) as sub folders under yyyy named top level folders
    • copy these renamed and newly foldered images to more than one drive (as an identical backup)
    I have looked at PM over the years, but their documentation always seems a bit overwhelming when I try to dig into the details. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    --Ken
     
  2. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    Atlanta

    The answer is yes to all 3. Get a trial copy of PM6 and try the ingest dialog box. I import images to: yyyy/yyyy-mm-dd. I have my files renamed to the camera serial number - 4 digit sequence number. The reason for the camera serial number is I use two identical bodies and that prevents duplicate image names and would help if I found consistent problem with one body.
     
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  3. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    I probably will do the trial, but I need to make some hardware and software updates/changes first. I suspect that PM may be a nice front end for LR, but the one thing that FastStone has that I really like is the ability to compare up to four images at once. I believe that PM is limited to two.

    --Ken
     
  4. barry13

    barry13 Mu-43.com Editor Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi, you might also look at XnView MP... Shift-C will compare up to four images.
    It's fast, and free.

    I'm not certain if it'll handle your import requirements, but you could ask on their forum.
     
  5. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    I can probably still use FastStone if I am culling a lot of similar images. But, it would have been nice if PM had that feature. As of late, I have been using FS for culling, but calling up FastRawViewer if I really need to check an image. Nice to have lots of tools, just wish they could be found in one package. Hey, a guy can dream.

    --Ken
     
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