What would be nice is support for the cropping performed by Photo Mechanic. Photo Mechanic stores the data in XMP files which at least some versions of Lightroom and Photoshop read. Here’s what Photo Mechanic support have to stay about potential integration:
Yes, crop information in Photo Mechanic is written into metadata. By default, Photo Mechanic writes metadata to XMP sidecar files for RAW files, and for filetypes like JPEG, it is embedded in the image file itself. RAW editors like Lightroom and Photoshop will also read and write to XMP sidecar files by default.
If you are using RAW files, check your IPTC/XMP settings in Photo Mechanic’s Preferences by using the Command + comma keyboard shortcut to open Preferences, then use the dropdown menu or arrow buttons to navigate to IPTC/XMP.
By default, only "Always create and/or update XMP sidecar file’ is selected under “For TIFF-Based RAW photos”. Please see attached screenshot for reference.
If the "Add embedded metadata checkbox is selected, then Photo Mechanic is embedding the metadata into the RAW files. RAW software like Lightroom and Photoshop will need to be told to read and write from embedded metadata as well if this option is used.
Neat integrations like this which allow us to use our photographic tools better and improve our workflow are what float my boat. They also give the occasion to make a big announcement and catch the attention of the tens of thousands of pro photographers who use tools like Photo Mechanic and have already proven they will spend money on software which either improves their workflow or their work.
Reading XMP crop information wouldn’t even be all that much work. It’s a relatively straightforward proposition. Crop here and here, rotate this much. Of course whether to turn on lens correction or not will make a visible difference with some lenses but default lens correction and distortion settings are already easily handled by the existing Photolab preset system.
Of course DxO will ask that this feature be put up for voting where it won’t attract much attention: the Photo Mechanic users which DxO would do well to attract are outside the garden right now and would require an invitation to join the party.
What’s particularly elegant with this kind of enhancement is that it neither adds complexity nor even changes the existing interface.
PS. If DPP writes out crop information into an XMP or easily readable format, this support could be added as well. DPP (which I’ve used) is not really a tool many choose for triage alone (it’s a very good, if basic, RAW developer, with excellent colour rendition and lens correction but kind of slow and clunky) so DxO would be more on target to attract new Photolab users by adding support to pre-crop in dedicated triage tools, which do require a proper RAW processor coming by in a second pass.