Controlled Vocabulary

The Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog

for PhotoMechanic (v4.5 or later)

"For a stock photographer, adequate and complete keywords make the difference between image sales or no image sales and finding or not finding a specific and relevant digital image. Applying keyword strings and/or single keywords with Photo Mechanic v.4.5 and the CVKC is simply the best tool I’ve used to date. With PM 4.5 it’s easy to find the right words and see all the other words that are related but perhaps not thought of at the moment. Keywords can easily be added to single or multiple images, and personal keywords can be quickly added to the Keyword Catalog if (in the remote possibility) the word isn’t already included."

"For ease of key wording I give this combination 5 mice and 5 gold stars. For me the combination of Photo Mechanic 4.5 and CVKC-3 is a Must Have!"

Chuck Pefley – Photographer
(Getty, TIPS, Alamy)

This subscription version of the Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog or CVKC, can be imported into version 4.5 or later of Photo Mechanic (separate PM purchase required) using a Special Text file written to Camera Bits' specification. To see how the catalog works, simply download the latest version of Photo Mechanic and when installed press Command + Option + K (Mac) to see the dialog box shown below. You can also access this Structured Keywords dialog from the IPTC Info window view by pressing on the downward pointing arrow next to the Keywords field , or from the Image pulldown on the menu bar.

The version that is pre-installed in version 4.5 contains the animals and world regions set of terms. The full version 3.0 of the CVKC contains approximately 11,000 terms organized in a hierarchical structure with segregated synonyms. For detailed information on how to install the CVKC see the Photo Mechanic support page. The CVKC-FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page covers other specific questions.

A few of the more than 30 top level hierarchies can be seen in this screen capture.
Top Level Hierarchies in the Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog

Information on how to download your copy of the CVKC will be sent to the email address you have provided, within 24 hours or less after payment is received*. Included in that message will be a URL, along with a username and password. Please store this information in a way that you can find later as you will need it to retrieve updates.


Subscription: You can concentrate on your keywording instead of creating and maintaining a keyword catalog with a"subscription"** to the Controlled Vocabulary Keyword Catalog. You will receive periodic update notifications and be granted password protected access to the download location. The Structured Keyword feature offers a "merge" option allows you to integrate updated versions with your existing keyword catalog effortlessly.

In addition, all updates to the CVKC contain a file with changes noted from the previous version, in case you wish to manually integrate the update with your personal copy of your keyword vocabulary list within Photo Mechanic.


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