Camera Bits has posted Photo Mechanic 4 for Mac in pre-release form: version 188.8.131.52 is a fully-functional trial version that expires March 18, 2004.
The company is finalizing its web-based registration system and other details that have delayed the official release of the Mac version of the popular news and sports photographer photo browser. It was originally due out March 8, 2004.
In addition to dramatically improved browsing speed (especially on Macs with multiple processors), a revamped interface and fully colour-managed viewing and printing, v184.108.40.206 includes support for Nikon D70 JPEG and NEF files.
The program takes advantage of the fact that Nikon's newest digital SLR incorporates a 3008 x 2000 pixel JPEG inside the NEF, which makes it simple to show a large, clear preview of the camera's RAW files in Photo Mechanic's Preview window.
Photo Mechanic 4 for Mac's Preview window