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Old 04-16-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
perseus12
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digkam alternatives?


I'm trying to find an alternative to digikam for a couple of non-technical users. They need a graphical way of managing the
photos on their cameras; i.e copy / move / deleting from camera; they are used to the 'gimp' so they are comfortable with some image editing.

I have been building digikam for them but it has become too much of a bother with dependencies, and it has become very slow for batch conversions.

So the basic requirements are:
- graphical frontend with similar (but not all) functions to digikam
- stable camera interface (preferably libgphoto2)
- no overkill dependencies like mysql, opencv, json, etc
- gtk+2/3, qt, or kdelibs requirements are OK
- editor which supports crop, aspect-ratio crop, resize, rotate
- ability to search for metadata in images
- ability to embed metadata in images
- batch jobs to rename and write metadata

I've read about a number of alternatives and must discount any gnome packages, even though look really good.

TIA.
 
Old 04-16-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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Gwenview?
 
Old 04-16-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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Gwenview?
Yes thanks I forgot about gwenview. Last year we tried it but the camera (sony I forget the model) wasn't recognized whereas with digikam it was.
We'll try it again, but I would still like to try any other alternatives.
 
Old 04-16-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
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Hi,


Gthumb or fotoxx. These are the ones I first install after a new slack release.

My tuppence..

Marcel
 
Old 04-16-2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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Gwenview supports kipi-plugins too. For basic photo management, gwenview probably is good enough for most folks.
 
Old 04-16-2013, 07:29 PM   #6
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I like Gwenview. It is my favorite photo viewer for Linux, BUT if you want to use the kipi-plugins, you now have to install, grrrrr.... digiKam.
 
Old 04-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #7
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I didn't know that was the case now. Just got to wonder about developers who think like that.
 
Old 04-17-2013, 01:17 AM   #8
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Darktable? http://www.darktable.org/
 
Old 04-17-2013, 04:01 AM   #9
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I use AlienBob's Rawtherapee package and GIMP (especially now that it can handle 16 bit PNGs) - there's a newer version of Rawtherapee available too if you fancy compiling it.

http://rawtherapee.com/blog/features

Rawtherapee's dependencies are all Slackbuilds so it's easy to sort them out on sbopkg.

Exiftool is great for your metadata - very handy tool to have.

EDIT I also do what gracien below does too for extracting the images - gphoto2 into the relevant directory (just execute the command from there).

I then rename my RAW files with exiftools to the date and time the image was taken.


http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

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Old 04-17-2013, 04:24 AM   #10
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Same situation here (non-technical users). My solution was to split the process :

- bash script to import files from camera (basically : gphoto2 --auto-detect and gphoto2 --get-all-files), and a nice XFCE launcher for the script.
gtkam may be a better solution but I had no luck with it.

- gthumb (from slackbuild).

Last edited by gracien; 04-17-2013 at 04:25 AM.
 
Old 04-17-2013, 06:22 AM   #11
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Quote:
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I didn't know that was the case now. Just got to wonder about developers who think like that.
Yep. Couldn't agree more!
As the kipi-plugins are designed to be used by at least two other KDE applications, it is, IMO, and as I've said elsewhere, a thinly disguised attempt at forcing people to use digiKam.
 
Old 04-17-2013, 07:57 AM   #12
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Shotwell from SBo works pretty well although it might not be able to do everything on your list.
 
Old 04-17-2013, 12:03 PM   #13
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Same situation here (non-technical users). My solution was to split the process :

- bash script to import files from camera (basically : gphoto2 --auto-detect and gphoto2 --get-all-files), and a nice XFCE launcher for the script.
gtkam may be a better solution but I had no luck with it.

- gthumb (from slackbuild).
Tried fotoxx looks good but users are not impressed.

gthumb looks like it could be THE choice but... I built/installed prequisite
gnome-doc-utils (v0.8.0) and then gthumb (v3.0.1), but when ran gthumb i got the
following error:
-----------------------
GLib-GIO-Message: Using the 'memory' GSettings backend. Your settings will not be saved or shared with other applications.

(gthumb:20032): GLib-GIO-ERROR **: Settings schema 'org.gnome.gthumb.browser' is not installed
-----------------------

Now I installed to /usr/local so the schemas were stored in:
/usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas

and 'org.gnome.gthumb.browser' is not there.

This is the same problem as reported in
http://web.archiveorange.com/archive...b1rEwgMw9xYmFy
what 'scares' me is the last entry :-)
"Ok, found the problem/solution.
I had to rebuild the gschemas.compiled with glib-compile-schemas.
Now gthumb-3.0.0 works."

Any idea how to correct this? do you have that file in the 'schemas' dir?

I've tried building the latest gthumb v3.2.1 but configure fails (requires 'itstool')
and I refuse to continue down that dependency path :-)
 
Old 04-17-2013, 01:02 PM   #14
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I would also recommend to use shotwell.
If you like you can reuse your batchscripts to add new pics but you can also use shotwell (properties).
Only disadvantage I see: no hirachical tags.

---------- Post added 04-17-13 at 01:02 PM ----------

I would also recommend to use shotwell.
If you like you can reuse your batchscripts to add new pics but you can also use shotwell (properties).
Only disadvantage I see: no hirachical tags.
 
Old 04-17-2013, 01:38 PM   #15
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I like Gwenview, too, but it doesn't handle RAW images. That's why I use Geeqie quite often, and I am always impressed, how fast it is. So Geeqie is my recommendation for previewing photos and getting them from a camera onto the computer.

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