The Search tab in Photo Mechanic Plus allows you to make a quick search for items in the selected catalog or catalogs. You can fine-tune searches using search semantics.

By default, a quick search searches through all searchable metadata fields. For example, a search in this catalog for “hill” would find all photos with keywords that included “hill” as well as all photos that contained “Jason Hill Photography” in the byline and all photos that contained the letter sequence “hill” anywhere in the file name. 

To refine searches, you can search within one or more metadata fields, such as “byline

hill”  You can keep adding complexity with AND and OR statements such as “byline hill and rating=5.” 

More search options

By default, searches reuse the same search tab so you don’t keep opening new tabs every time you search. You can uncheck this option if you want new tabs, such as comparing results from searches, 

Restrict your search to only items in a contact sheet by checking Only Search Contact Sheet Items. 

Use Case Sensitive Search is an option that lets you differentiate between Hill and hill in a search. 


Photo Mechanic Plus is currently in a limited public beta.

You can discuss any questions, support issues, or other feedback in the Photo Mechanic Plus Beta forum. Camera Bits staff can respond to your questions and feedback there.  As with any beta release, we strongly recommend caution when installing and using Photo Mechanic Plus Beta with any important projects or when you are on a tight deadline.