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Assign Keyboard Shortcuts to Tags in digiKam

digiKam makes it relatively easy to tag photos. Select one or several photos, expand the Caption/Tags right sidebar, tick the tags you want, and press the Apply button. You can also assign keyboard shortcuts to the often-used tags to speed up the tagging process. Continue to read

digiKam Tricks 3.5 Released

Here is what's new in this release:

  • Updated screenshots
  • Minor tweaks and fixes
  • Revised Appendix C

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New Features in digiKam 2.0: XMP Sidecar

In addition to writing tags, ratings, labels, descriptions, etc. directly into the photos, version 2.0 of digiKam can save metadata in a separate .xmp file. This approach has several advantages. First off, it speeds things up, as writing data to a text file is faster than embedding metadata into photos. This also allows you to store metadata for RAW files, since writing metadata directly to RAW files can sometimes be problematic. Continue to read

digiKam Tricks 3.3 Released

This release adds a concise introduction to the Rawstudio tool for processing RAW files. Readers who already purchased the book will receive the new version free of charge. If you haven't received your copy, please send your order confirmation as proof of purchase to, and I'll email you the latest version of the book. Continue to read

Process RAW Files in digiKam

digiKam usually does a decent job of decoding RAW files using the default settings. But if you prefer to have complete control of how the application processes RAW files, choose Settings » Configure digiKam, switch to the RAW Decoding section, and enable the Always open the Raw Import Tool to customize settings option. Next time you open a RAW file for editing, digiKam drops you into the RAW Import interface where you can tweak the RAW import and post-processing settings. Continue to read

digiKam Tricks 3.1 Released

A new version of the digiKam Tricks book has been released. This release includes two new topics:

  • Process RAW Files in digiKam
  • Generate HTML Photo Galleries

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Generate HTML Photo Galleries with digiKam

There are so many clever ways to share photos on the Web that the idea of creating a static HTML photo gallery may sound positively obsolete. But in certain situations, the ability to turn a bunch of photos into an HTML gallery can come in rather handy. For starters, serving a bunch of static HTML pages is less complicated than setting up a dedicated photo sharing solution, which can be useful if you want to host a photo gallery on your own server. An HTML gallery usually requires less resources, too, so you can host it on modest hardware. Also, you can store an HTML gallery on a USB stick and use it as your photo portfolio you can display even when offline. Continue to read

New Features in digiKam 2.0: Face Recognition

Face recognition has been one of the most requested digiKam features, and the latest version of the photo management application provides this functionality.

As the name suggests, the face recognition functionality can be used to find photos containing faces and attach face tags to persons in photos. This lets you quickly locate all photos of a specific person using digiKam filtering capabilities. Continue to read

digiKam Tricks 3.0 Released

This is a major release of the digiKam Tricks book, featuring a completely revised and updated content that reflects changes in the upcoming version 2.0 of the digiKam photo management application. In addition to that, the book includes the following new material:

  • Batch Process Photos in digiKam
  • Manage Photos from Multiple digiKam Installations
  • Use Color Labels and Picks (digiKam 2.0)
  • Tag Faces with the Face Recognition Feature (digiKam 2.0)
  • Use Versioning for Non-destructive Editing (digiKam 2.0)
  • APPENDIX A: Set up Photographic Workflow with digiKam

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New Features in digiKam 2.0: Versioning

When tweaking photos in digiKam, you probably would want to keep the originals intact. And this is where the Versioning feature can come in rather handy. It allows you to save each edited version of an original photo as a separate image complete with a list of all applied actions. Continue to read

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