One of the biggest advantages I have found for my use with the Database of Photo Mechanic Plus as compared to Lightroom’s Library is not having to have the original file connected to the computer when doing searches.
[!] is the symbol you see when your originals are not online when using Lightroom. While you can see a small thumbnail you cannot zoom in and see details with the photo unless you have the original image online.
With Photo Mechanic Plus if you have put the image into your database and it is not online you get a yellow circle in the right hand corner next to the filename as in the photo above.
When I look for a photo, the first thing I want to know is what the image looks like. While you can look at the image in Lightroom as thumbnail and full size for one image at a time, you cannot look at them at 100% unless when you brought them into Lightroom at 1:1 in the “Build Previews” during the import.
The tips for Lightroom say: “The best option to pick is Auto. With Auto, Lightroom builds previews that match your monitor resolution. Lightroom takes longer to build Standard previews than it does to create Minimal or Embedded & Sidecar previews. But the benefit is that the Library module runs much faster.”
One of the main reasons so many photographers use Photo Mechanic with their Lightroom, is that when it comes to culling RAW images it is so much faster.
It is the same when it comes to the catalog in my opinion.
I like that I can zoom in 1:1 even with the images offline.
If you want to do this with Lightroom, then you have to select 1:1 when you ingest into the Library.
I just love the Catalog function of Photo Mechanic Plus.