I am interested in possible getting PhotoMechanic, but I have a few questions first. I'll briefly explain my workflow, in hopes someone can help. I have tried many products, but can't seem to find something that works and fits all my needs.
I have a Nikon D50 and primarily shoot RAW (Nikon .NEF). The process I do for my photos is as follows:
-Use RoboGeo to batch geotag photos (NEF)
-Use Adobe Bridge to:
- batch add IPTC information that I have stored in Bridge (Copyright, website, my name, etc.);
- add keywords
- Decide which photos will make the "cut" for further processing and uploading to flickr (I rate them 5 stars)
- Use Camera Raw to edit RAW files, then open in PhotoShop for further editing, save as JPG when finished. GPS info, keywords, and IPTC info always make it to final JPG for me.
-After /during uploading final JPGs to Flickr, color code them green to indicate that they are in Flickr
All of this has worked well for me up to now. Here is the only thing I am having trouble with, and so far have found nothing I can do to solve this problem. My ONLY problem is I cannot quickly and easily search for photos based on keywords / tags. I rely on the tags heavily and would like to find all photos with certain attributes, wherever they are located. Bridge is horrible for this. It is not indexing my files. I can search and it takes a while and I end up with a few images when there should be hundreds or more.
I tried Picasa and that worked great for searching for photos. I would update a photo with keywords in one window in Bridge, and Picasa would instantly update. I could search and find something in seconds. The only problem there is that when I geotag with RoboGeo, RoboGeo won't write the files correctly with Picasa running. It barks an error, creates a file with a TMP extension added; but the file otherwise seems fine...I can rename them all and I believe move on with the remaining steps...but it seems like a hassle to keep getting the error and removing the "TMP" from the files. RoboGeo says it's Picasa's issue, because it constantly monitors the folders and somehow has this issue when RoboGeo writes the files. I even tried putting the original NEF files in a directory NOT indexed by Picasa, geotagging them and then moving them, but with Picasa running, Robogeo has the problem. The two programs don't want to play nicely with each other, so I gave up on Picasa.
I would like a photo gallery/management program that can do what Bridge does (i.e., keyword tagging - not geotagging), batch IPTC, etc. Hopefully, I would be able to first geotag my photos with Robogeo, then use PhotoMechanic to do the IPTC info and keyword tagging. I would also like to be able to search all my files, JPG and NEF files, by keywords and find them quickly.
I apologize for the length of this e-mail, but I have searched Google and tried several other products (wasted money on one too), and wanted to give as much info as possible in hopes of finding the right product.