Some Photo Mechanic 6 users noticed a problem with images rendering slowly. As a first step, we always recommend installing the latest version of Photo Mechanic 6 to see if that resolves your issue. The advice on this page is intended for both MacOS and Windows users.


For faster rendering:


Turn off Show blown highlights and Show lost shadow detail in the preview window



In  Preferences, Change your High DPI Display Quality for faster rendering in the Contact Sheet thumbnails. We suggest using Best (uses more memory) or for more speed if quality is less of a concern, Standard (fastest). 




In the Preview tab: 

Turn off Enlarge photos to fit previews and slide shows. This setting just enlarges a pixelated low-resolution preview while the image loads, without it you may notice some previews are tiny. 

Set High DPI Display Quality.  We suggest using Best (uses more memory) or for more speed if quality is less of a concern, Standard (fastest). 

Turn off Always make current Preview visible in Contact Sheet.

Turn off Synchronize single selection between Preview and Contact Sheet. 




Check your keyboard preferences. 


If your Key Repeat setting is Slow or Off, using the keyboard won't let you advance quickly by just holding down an arrow key. Likewise, a shorter Delay Until Repeat can speed up how quickly you can advance through the keyboard. You may want to adjust the Delay Until Repeat to longer if you find that you're often accidentally typing double-characters.  





If you have not yet purchased Photo Mechanic 6, we recommend that you take advantage of the free 30-day trial to make sure it works well on your system.