What do you like best?
The ease of scrolling through images one by one and tagging them, as well as assigning stars and colors to rate them. I love the zoom tool to make sure it's in focus, and how you can go through images continually zoomed in. I also love the comparison feature, to be able to view images side by side to pick the best one. We also tag our images with structured keywords for easy searching in our digital asset library.
What do you dislike?
I wish it was more similar to Bridge in regards to Photoshop. It is very easy to launch an image directly into Photoshop from Photo Mechanic, but you can't fix an image in Photoshop and then copy and paste that "fix" onto other images in Photo Mechanic, like you can in Bridge. (Batch editing pretty much)
Recommendations to others considering the product
It is great software for looking through many images. You can tag, rate, compare, name and export. You can open in Photoshop with a click of a button as well. However, it doesn't batch Photoshop like Bridge does with the copying and pasting Photoshop "fixes" to multiple images at once. But we use it in combination with Bridge for a very smooth workflow. We use the structured keywords in Photo Mechanic to add metadata to our images for easy searching in our digital asset library. This is crucial, as we cannot do this in Bridge, since Photo Mechanic allows a tiered hierarchy of keywords that correctly represents our image details.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I use Photo Mechanic for importing photos and tagging them. It is very useful since I am editing large batches of images at a time, and I can enlarge the thumbnails to see an overview, or use the magnifying glass to go through one by one. I also tag the images with structured keywords for easy searching in our digital asset library. This is extremely critical to our end users trying to find a particular image.