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Encyclopedia > DigiKam
DigiKam
Developer: The DigiKam Team
Latest release: 0.8.2 / July 18, 2006
OS: Unix-like
Use: Graphics Software
License: GPL
Website: www.digikam.org

DigiKam is an advanced but easy to use digital photo management application for the KDE desktop environment. It supports all major image formats, and can organize collections of photographs in directory-based albums, on date, or with tags. You can also add comments and a rating to your images, search through them and save your searches as 'smart folders'. You can can export your albums to Flickr , burn them on CD, create a webgalery and more. Image File history File links The Digikam Icon/Logo Created by Hans Karlsson. ... Software engineering (SE) is the profession concerned with specifying, designing, developing and maintaining software applications by applying technologies and practices from computer science, project management, and other fields. ... A software release refers to the creation and availability of a new version of a computer software product. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A Unix-like operating system is one that behaves in a manner similar to a Unix system, while not necessarily conforming to or being certified to any version of the Single UNIX Specification. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... The GNU logo The GNU General Public License (GNU GPL or simply GPL) is a widely used free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU project. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... KDE (K Desktop Environment) (IPA: ) is a free desktop environment and development platform built with Trolltechs Qt toolkit. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Flickr is a photo sharing website and web services suite, and an online community platform, which is generally considered an example of a Web 2. ...


DigiKam offers image enhancement tools through its KIPI (KDE Image Plugins Interface) framework and it's own plugins, like red-eye removal, color management, image filters, or special effects. It has a Camera import function which allows for previewing, downloading and/or deleting images. Basic auto-transformations can be deployed on the fly during pictures downloading.


Upcoming features in the 0.9.x release (expected 4th quarter 2006) are a GPS locator and synchronisation, iPod Photo upload support, an advanced metadata editor, Better support for raw pictures (using dcraw included in digikam) and many new KIPI (KDE Image Plugins Interface) plugins.


The core development team of DigiKam consists of Gilles Caulier, Marcel Wiesweg and Francisco J. Cruz. Other team members are Achim Bohnet, Gerhard Kulzer and Fabien. More information.


DigiKam can be found on freenode, channel #digikam The title of this article should be freenode. ...


DigiKam is currently maintained in the KDE Extragear. The Extragear is a collection of KDE applications that are associated with the KDE project. ...


Features

Features includes with digiKam 0.8.x series

  • Driving all digital camera types supported by the Gphoto2 project by:
    • Serial connection
    • USB connection
    • USB/IEEE Mass storage connection
  • Organization of Photos in Albums and sub-Albums
  • Comments can be added to Albums
  • Tags can be added to Albums
  • Albums can be classified by user-specified categories and tags
  • Automatic sorting of Photo Albums in chronological order:
    • By folder
    • By collection name
    • By creation date
  • Automatic sorting of Album items in chronological order:
    • By name
    • By path
    • By date
    • By files size
  • Drag and drop support between digiKam and other KDE applications
  • Using Kipi plugin architecture so that new plugins can be written for added functionality. Currently implemented plugins are described on the Kipi page
  • Comments can be added to photos which are shown in the thumbnail display (along with filesize and file modification date)
  • A SQLite database is used to store all Albums and items information
  • Four different thumbnail sizes:
    • Small: 64x64
    • Medium: 100x100
    • Big: 160x160
    • Very big: 256x256
  • EXIF Information viewer
  • Fast image editor with keyboard shortcuts and basic photo editing/management features (all without losing EXIF information). The core options available are:
    • Red eyes correction
    • Brightness / Contrast / Gamma correction
    • Hue / Saturation / Luminosity correction
    • Color balance
    • Invert colors
    • Normalize / Equalize / Auto levels / Stretch Contrast
    • Blur / Sharpen
    • EXIF viewer
    • Histogram viewer
    • Convert to black&white (BW + color filter, sepia, chemical tonal)
    • Ratio-cropping (with proportion aids)
    • Free cropping
    • Exporting to another image format
    • Printing images
    • Removing images from current Album
    • Image comments editing
    • Image file properties
    • Rotation
    • Flipping
    • Zooming
  • The digiKam image editor provides a plugins architecture to add new options. Please visit the DigikamImagePlugins project page for more information
  • Importing pictures from digital cameras. Operations currently supported are:
    • Deleting images
    • Uploading images
    • Camera information
    • Auto-rename during import
    • Auto-rotate during import
  • Themes support for the main GUI interface

(from the DigiKam website)


External links

  • The Official DigiKam Homepage
  • Screenshots can be found here

  Results from FactBites:
 
Gentoo - Digikam Is As Useful As Picasa: Stuart Herbert (1228 words)
Digikam's date view tagged nearly all the images by the time of import, rather than the file's timestamp on disk.
With Digikam in the KDE camp, F-Spot very much a Gnone look-n-feel app, and Picasa in neither camp, Gentoo users have a real choice for managing their family snaps.
Digikam should have the advantage here over Picasa, because it's not that far off (in some areas it's already ahead), and in being open source it should be able to grow and improve in ways that Picasa's closed-source (and WINE-based) reality will hinder.
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