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digiKam approaches 1.0

Dec 04, 2009, 12:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Edge)

"With film cameras, there was an incremental cost for each shot taken and each print made, which tended to reduce—but not eliminate—the problem of organizing a photo collection. With digital photos, though, there are programs like digiKam that can assist in this task. As digiKam approaches its 1.0 release it seems like a good time to see what it can do.

"When first starting digiKam (1.0-beta5 from Fedora Rawhide), one is faced with the "First Run Assistant" that allows the user to make some choices on settings for the program. Earlier versions (0.10.0 on Fedora 10) seem to want to index the entire disk or something—perhaps from an errant setting—when they start, leading the user to believe that digiKam has crashed or exited, so the assistant is a much better welcome. Unfortunately, it asks too many questions and, more importantly, several that a new user is unlikely to have a good answer for. Taking the defaults is a reasonable option, but also seems unnecessary; asking for a storage directory and pointing users at the configuration menu item would seem enough to get started.

"The program itself has two main sections, the left hand side has photo albums, searches, calendar view, map search view, etc. based on which tool is selected, and the right hand side shows the results of the operation. The results show thumbnails of the images with information on tags, ratings, and creation date. Hovering over an image or thumbnail brings up a box with much more information including EXIF data from the file, image dimensions, and filename."

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