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Photo Mechanic Plus, build 5551
« on: February 10, 2021, 05:55:59 PM »
Hello Everyone,

We are pleased to announce an update to Photo Mechanic Plus for macOS and Windows.  This new build of Photo Mechanic Plus addresses a number of issues present in the 5438 build.



On macOS, Photo Mechanic Plus requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher  If you are using a Mac with macOS 10.9.x or older, you will need to upgrade to macOS 10.10 or higher to use Photo Mechanic Plus.

On Windows, Photo Mechanic Plus, requires a 64-bit edition of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.  If you are using Windows Vista, XP, NT, 2000, ME, 98 or 95, you will need to upgrade to Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 in order to use Photo Mechanic Plus.

Photo Mechanic Plus (R5551) 02/10/2021

● Improved: Searches for long phrases, such as Folder Path searches in the Organizer, have been optimized. Up to 30x faster on large catalogs. (A re-index of the catalog via its Maintenance options in the Manage Catalogs panel is recommended to obtain the full speedup. However performance should improve somewhat even without the re-index.)
● Added: The Set GPS Coordinates dialog is now resizable.
● Added: The list of catalogs to be set to search and add/modify is now scrollable such that they no longer take large amounts of vertical space in various parts of the UI.
● Added: New folder patterns to ignore when building/syncing catalogs.  You can now ignore folders that are created by various applications when they’re managing your photos.  For example, */CaptureOne will ignore any Capture One folders.  */Settings* will ignore any folders that start with the name Settings and will match names like Settings123 or Settings101.
● Added: New append (+) checkbox to Persons Shown in the Metadata Template dialog.
● Added: The Manage Shared Folders window now has Help built-in (see the Help item in the window and click its expander triangle to show the help text.)
● Added: Updated PhotoDeck upload template to support two-factor authentication.
● Fixed: Adjusting the Absolute date via the Date picker in the Adjust Capture Dates and Times dialog no longer adjusts the time as well when the date of the photo is outside of the editable bounds of dates supported by the OS.
● Fixed: Active Catalogs now displays the total number of catalogs needing maintenance, not just the subset which were also checked for search.
● Fixed: Catalog paths and row keys are now Unicode-normalized in order to fix issues with certain character sequences causing duplicate images when using Catalog Sync to update a catalog.  Before using this build, users should remove all duplicate images (both sets) and then update to this version and perform a Catalog Sync (Quick Sync) to add back in the missing images.  Additional Quick Sync operations should then not cause duplicates to be added.
● Fixed: Preview generation hangs that would occur with TIFF files that have minor issues with formatting of tags that would cause the TIFF library to issue warnings.
● Fixed: Issue with sharepoint mapping with UNC (server) paths.  This issue could cause both startup and shutdown issues.
● Fixed: Issue where catalog tabs will show "Unsupported Format Variant" when doing a shuffled slideshow.
● Fixed: Metadata field popup menus remove all instances of a string, including substring matches.
● Fixed: Sync Color Class with IPTC Urgency preference description updated to reflect more closely how the preference works.

● Fixed: Catalog dialogs become unresponsive after dragging files out of Photo Mechanic Plus.
● Added: Better support for long file/folder paths.
● Added: Restore Sidebar command on the View menu.
● Fixed: Disc Burning is now an opt-in feature.  Stability issues require that it be disabled by default.  You can enable the feature in the General page of the Preferences dialog or just try to use the feature.
● Fixed: Setting ratings/color class in Preview window on video items via keyboard shortcuts does not update the rating/color class widget visually.
● Fixed: Ingest no longer lists installer disk image volume as a source for Ingest.

● Added: Long paths are now supported.  If a folder located on a path that is longer than 260 characters is opened as a contact sheet, it will open and work normally, but it won’t participate in the “Open Recent” documents submenu on the File menu.
● Fixed: Moving folders in the Navigator and Favorites now updates catalogs with the new location of a folder.
● Fixed: Catalog/Collection-related contextual menu items now correctly work on a selection of photos.
● Fixed: Using Ctrl-C to copy selected text in the Info text pane of the Preview window now works correctly.
● Fixed: The default location for the cache folder is now the user’s local app data directory.
● Fixed: "Photo Mechanic Shell Extension CreateProcess failed" error when opening a folder in Photo Mechanic from Windows Explorer.
● Fixed: Missing Favorites cannot be removed permanently.
● Fixed: Favorites can now copy and move folders.
● Fixed: Metadata popup menus: recent metadata items get mixed in with submenus when the overall list of items is long.  Now, recent metadata items get their own “Recent Items” submenu.
● Fixed: Emailing on Windows does not produce separate email for each photo when desired.
● Fixed: Separate emails now evaluate variables for each email.
● Fixed: Unable to bring the Preview window forward after opening the Structured Keywords panel when the Structured Keywords panel is opened via keyboard shortcut.