In digiKam 0.9.4 release, if you don't use color management, new treatements are done if you import RAW files with 16 bits color depth in image editor: auto-gamma and auto white balance adjustements. See below the little demo done with digiKam for KDE4:
Since one week, kipi-plugins 0.1.6-beta1 for KDE3 have been released. This test version introduce severals fixes in plugins especially Flickr Export tool where i have solved a lots of bugs. I have make a review of dialog layout to be more suitable, like you can see in this demo:
One month ago, with Marcel, we have worked on a new sets of Search Tools in digiKam for KDE4, called Fuzzy Search
During my digiKam presentation at LGM2008 i have introduced the concept to be able to search duplicates items around the whole collection of photos. But the concept is not just limited to find the similars photos by using copy, it even allows user to drawn a sketch of photo what user memories and shows photos what has similar shapes and colors as on sketch.
This week end, Andreas Huggel as released another important piece of digiKam puzzle: Exiv2 0.17.0.
This library is the core implementation used to management and manipulate photo metadata. In digiKam 0.10.0, Exiv2 is used to play with XMP, thrue our libkexiv2 KDE interface.
digiKam for KDE4 will become with another important tool for photograph: lens distorsions auto-correction. The plugin have been created by Adrian Schroeter from OpenSuse team.
This tool have been implemented as a new image editor plugin. It use LensFun shared library witch provide a database of lens settings to fix optical distorsions automatically. The tool use picture metadata to find the right settings to apply (Exif and Makernotes). You can adjust yourself all parameters if you need.
A video of this tool in action is available below. The test image used in this video come from Pablo d'Angelo collection (Hugin project).
After to have improved the geo-location view from right sidebar in digiKam for KDE4, following this blog entry, the story continue with a new powerfull search tool based on Marble Widget to be able to find pictures using a map.
The new digiKam search backend implemented by Marcel is already able to perform a search based on a rectangle area defined by GPS positions. Now, we need a suitable graphical interface for end users.
The digiKam development team is happy to release 0.9.4-beta5. The digiKam tarball can be downloaded from SourceForge.
NEW FEATURES (since 0.9.3):
General : English words review in whole GUI by Oliver Dörr.
General : Updated internal CImg library to last stable 1.2.8 (released at 2008/04/18).
General : New search text filter for all metadata sidebar tabs.
Yesterday I have received a private mail from an Italian photo-journalist named Claudio Giovannini who uses digiKam on a Asus eeePC
Claudio uses eeePC as a computer relay with photo agencies. He downloads pictures on the computer with digiKam, marks files using IPTC, reduces image sizes, and sends them to the web by FTP. Sounds like eeePC is a perfect compagnon for photo-journalists.