Preparing first 0.10.0-beta1 for KDE4...

There is one year, Marcel and me we have started to port digiKam code to Qt4/KDE4. Yes, already one year of work...Tempus fugit... re-designed...

Since few weeks ago, the whole web site have been re-designed. The following task have been done:

digiKam 0.9.4-rc1 release

Dear all digiKam fans and users!

The digiKam development team is happy to release 0.9.4-rc1. The digiKam tarball can be downloaded from SourceForge.
NEW FEATURES (since 0.9.3):

General : external libsqlite3 depency removed. sqlite3 source code is now included in digiKam core (see B.K.O #160966).
General : English words review in whole GUI by Oliver Dörr.

digiKam has a new Find Duplicates Images Tool

After my first post about the new Fuzzy Searches tools included in digiKam for KDE4 to find images using sketch or to find similars images, a new search tool is now done to find all duplicates items around all collections. A video demo can be see below:

This tool have been done in the way to replace the old FindImages kipi-plugins from KDE3. See below the dialog layout of this plugin:

digiKam Fuzzy Search Tools Under Construction

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.

New digiKam Lens Auto-Correction Tool

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).

digiKam Map Search Tool Under Construction

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.

digiKam 0.9.4-beta5 release

Dear all digiKam fans and 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.

digiKam at LGM 2008: a great event!

Libre Graphics Meeting at Wroclaw (Poland) have been a great event.


digiKam wins TUX 2008 Readers Choice Award

digiKam has been awarded again as the TUX 2008 Readers' Choice Award in the category Favorite Digital Photo Management Tool.

We are very proud we received this prize, especially because it is a prize for which the users have voted.

TUX is the a magazine for the new Linux user and is dedicated to promoting and simplifying the use of Linux on the PC.

The team thanks all peoples who has voted for digiKam.
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