Photo Mechanic has transformed my photography workflow. It is now one of those applications that I just couldn't do without. I always use Photo Mechanic to ingest my images from memory cards and to do the initial sort whether it is wedding, commercial or press job. I do this cull or sort by looking at the individual images in the PM preview mode I then have my preferences set so that I can simply apply a star rating to each image just by hitting the number key for the rating I want to give the image. I also have PM set so that once I have rated an image it automatically steps to the next. This makes culling and sorting a very simple process. And let's face it we need to keep it as simple as possible! The star ratings then conveniently transfer into Lightroom - the next stage in my photography workflow.
I have been using this method for sometime but recently introduced another Windows machine to my workflow. I have spent ages trying to work out where to set single key star rating and auto move to next image.
Anyway to save me looking in the future this is where you do it.
Accessibility - Single key short cut for 0-5 Rating
Preview - Automatically advance to next photo when rating is changed