Photo Mechanic Plus has the same preference screens as other versions of Photo Mechanic. In addition, the Catalog Preferences provide some Catalog-specific preferences. In most cases, we recommend you just leave all preferences checked. 


Navigate to Catalog>Catalog Preferences...


Hide Active Catalogs Interface when only one catalog present: When checked, saves some space in the Organizer by hiding the interface that would allow you to navigate between catalogs when you don't need it. 

Show metadata bar graphs: This shows a bar graph along with a number in Filter and Browse tab results.

Use log10 graph scaling: When checked, this scales the bar graph so that extremely high and extremely low numbers will still have readable bars. 

Sort Keywords with hierarchical priority: When checked, this sorts hierarchical keywords above other keywords. Uncheck this box if you would prefer a flat alphabetical sorting of your hierarchical keyword data.

Find as you type: When checked, searching through keywords in the Filter tab, the results update instantly to highlight what you have typed so far rather than waiting for you to select enter/return. Hierarchical keywords will also be expanded to show what has been selected.

Show Search interface when a Search Contact Sheet tab is activated: When checked, the Search interface will activate when you select a Search results contact sheet tab. 

Show Filter interface when Filter Contact Sheet tab is activated: when checked, the Filter interface will activate when you select a Filter results contact sheet tab. 

Show Browse interface when Browse Contact Sheet tab is activated: when checked, the Browse interface will activate when you select a Browse results contact sheet tab. 

Show Collections interface when a Collections Contact Sheet tab is activated: when checked, the Filter interface will activate when you select a Collections results contact sheet tab.

When double-clicking a Collection: choices are Open only the Collection and Open the Collection and its sub-Collections.