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Digital Photo Management In Linux, Part 1

Mac Envy? Hardly...

  • October 4, 2007
  • By Carla Schroder

Do you need a Macintosh computer for high-quality, satisfying digital photo management? Macs include the excellent iPhoto for no extra cost, and if you want to spend money the Aperture photo-management application is first-rate. Naturally, everyone asks "How do they compare to Adobe Photoshop?" The answer is they don't. They are strictly for managing and editing digital photos; they're not full-blown desktop publishing suites. So what does Linux offer for the ace digital photographer who doesn't want to splurge on a Mac? How about a few goodies like:

  • Multiple filetype support, including RAW, TIFF, and JPG, as well as host of others
  • Support for audio and movie files
  • Download and photo archive management
  • Light table for side-by-side image comparisons
  • Camera profile support
  • Batch processing
  • Image editing, including color, hue, red-eye correction, gamma, contrast, and white balance adjustments
  • Resizing, cropping, and changing aspect ratios
  • Read/write EXIF data and comments
You'll find these, and a lot more, in Digikam. Digikam is a sleek, fully-featured digital photo management application for KDE. What about non-KDE users? It runs fine in any Linux window manager or desktop environment, as long as you install the necessary KDE libraries.
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