A new release of digiKam Recipes is ready for your reading pleasure. This version features completely rewritten material on using digiKam to emulate various photographic effects (including the new recipe on how to create a faded vintage look). The book features two new recipes: Geotag Photos with Geofix and Update the LensFun Database. As always, the new release includes minor updates, fixes and tweaks.
Geofix is a simple Python script that lets you use an Android device to record the geographical coordinates of your current position. The clever part is that the script stores the obtained latitude and longitude values in the digiKam-compatible format, so you can copy the saved coordinates and use them to geotag photos in digiKam's Geo-location module.
The Computec Media publishing company had kindly invited yours truly to this year's CeBIT trade show in Hannover to give a talk on a digiKam-related topic at the Open Source Forum. The talk entitled Digital Assets Management with digiKam is available for your perusal on my Scribbles and Snaps blog. I also had the pleasure of presenting the Readers' Choice award at the Linux Media Awards ceremony. And I was particularly happy to do that, since the award for the best open source photo management application went to digiKam. Unfortunately, none of digiKam's developers could make it to CeBIT to accept the award, but I'll deliver it to them when the opportunity presents itself.
Here is the laudatory speech I gave at the award ceremony.
A freshly-baked release of digiKam Recipes is ready for your reading pleasure. The new version features the Export and Share Photos with digiKam recipe which offers a comprehensive overview of digiKam's sharing and exporting capabilities.
The new Extract and Examine Metadata from digiKam's Database recipe explains how to pull and analyze photographic metadata stored in the digikam4.db database. Finally, the Rescale Photos with the Liquid Rescale Tool recipe explains how to use the Liquid Rescale tool for intelligent rescaling. As always, the new release includes minor updates, fixes and tweaks.
Did you know that you can assign categories to albums in digiKam? To do this, right-click on an album, choose Properties from the context menu, and the desired category from the Category drop-down list.
Provided that you use KDE, you can push photos from digiKam directly to a mobile device that supports the MTP protocol (e.g., most Android devices) using the KioImportExport Kipi plugin.
Using the View -> Group Images -> By Format command, you can group photos in albums by format. This feature can come in useful for managing albums containing photos in different formats: JPEG, TIFF, RAW and video files, etc.