On Sun, 04 May 2008 20:14:37 +0000, John Stumbles wrote:
> On Sun, 04 May 2008 19:46:23 +0000, Will Kemp wrote:
>> If you're looking for something more than just a viewer - a photo
>> organiser etc, i'd have a look at f-spot too.
> I'm doing that right now. I've just been trying digikam. Its tagging
> business is OK except I've been organising my pictures by hard-linking
> copies into other directories (e.g. one for stuff I want the screen
> saver slideshow to display). I don't like that digicam keeps my tagging
> data in its own database and I'd rather something that embeds tags in
> the files themselves, so that if I tag one instance of a file the tags
> are there in every other instance. f-spot seems to do this but the
> downside is it's trying to copy N gbytes of existing photos into its
> 'photos' directory to play with.
> Suppose I can't have it both ways: it's not a trivial problem.
With f-spot, you *can* have it both ways. You can either import images
directly from the camera into f-spot, or you can transfer them from the
camera to any directory and then import them into f-spot from there,
leaving the images in the original directory as well. I started off doing
that, but now i just leave f-spot to manage the files. It's a lot easier.
Before i started using f-spot, i used to use gthumb to manage the files
and gimp to edit them. Now i just use f-spot. Occasionally i'll need to
open a photo in gimp for some reason - which i can do from f-spot very
easily (with the choice of either altering the current version or
creating a new version of the file).
Tagging's good. Image editing is good. The only problem i've got with f-
spot is that you can only level the image by 1 degree steps. I believe
they're going to improve this in a future version though (possibly even
the latest version, i dunno - due to library incompatibilities, i can't
get it to build for Fedora 8).