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F-Spot: An Able-Bodied All-in-One Image Machine

Feb 03, 2010, 18:32 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Germain)

"Few, if any, photo viewing apps on any platform provide a perfect photo management experience. However, F-Spot Photo Management for Gnome gives Linux users a fairly complete set of photo tools.

"F-Spot ranks among the most well-known photo apps for Linux. In many ways it is similar to Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) repackaged Picasa Photo Organizer and the popular GIMP photo program. F-Spot's primary drawback, despite its usefulness, is its sometimes quirky operation.

"Provided your flavor of Linux supports the Gnome desktop, F-Spot can be a solid choice to manage your photo collection over the two leading contenders. Picasa requires the open source Windows application programming interface (API) Wine to run. This makes it a wanna-be Linux app. GIMP is more challenging to use because it has three disconnected windows to operate.

"Given those choices and limitations, I often rely on F-Spot to handle both my personal photo libraries and on-the-spot photo editing tasks for work. It has a hefty arsenal of features for photo management tasks. Once you get familiar with its interface, F-Spot is a handy tool set for sharing, touching up, finding and organizing your images."

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