The digiKam development team is happy to release the 3rd beta release dedicated to KDE4. The digiKam tarball can be downloaded from SourceForge.
Take care, it's always a BETA code with many of new bugs not yet fixed... Do not use yet in production...
I am currently working with Andi Clemens to improve some important usability issues in Image Editor and Showfoto.
This is a great news for photographers: digiKam is now able to edit metadata from RAW files. Andreas Huggel from Exiv2 project has started to support writting mode with some TIFF/EP RAW files in this library. Currently Adobe DNG, Nikon NEF, and Pentax PEF file are supported.
See below a screenshot of digiKam for KDE4 editing XMP metadata from a NEF file:
JPEG, the current standard
Currently, all camera support JPEG format to store photograph. This format is very popular, robust. Image can be encoded/decoded very quickly and algorithm are very optimized to be embedded into device. Under Linux libjpeg is available and very stable, but is not maintained since a very long time.
I'm currently at Akademy 2008. The event is located in Belgium near Mechelen (south of Anvers).
This is really a big event about KDE community. It's very well organized (memorable social event in a Belgium brewery, with a lots of beer sponsored by Nokia who are connecting peoples really (:=)))...
There are severals entries in bugzilla about to be able to set a customized settings for each RAW image imported in editor. This is a advanced vision for photograph which want to adjust finely all settings during RAW workflow. I have started to implement a Raw Import tool for image editor. The first demo is available below:
The digiKam development team is happy to release the 2nd beta release dedicated to KDE4. The digiKam tarball can be downloaded from SourceForge.
Take care, it's always a BETA code with many of new bugs not yet fixed... To resume:
"DO NOT USE YET IN PRODUCTION"
...by the same way than TIFF and PNG, digiKam is now able to write JPEG2000 metadata on the fly. I have just patched Exiv2 library for that. See below a video demo of digiKam from KDE4 in action working with Metadata Editor over a JPEG2000 file and writting digiKam info to another PNG file.