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Fotoxx -- the Greatest Little Linux Photo Editor You've Never Heard Of

Not a Wrinkle Treatment (Except in Photos)

  • August 12, 2010
  • By Akkana Peck
F-spot, shotwell, solang -- some distros are arguing about what should be the default "simpler than GIMP" image editor. But there's one that never seems to get mentioned and deserves a look: fotoxx.

Despite a name that sounds like a wrinkle treatment, this little image editor is lightweight and doesn't have many dependencies -- great for a netbook or other modest machine. And it's jam-packed with great features. If it's not already packaged for your distro, you can get it at kornelix.squarespace.com/fotoxx.

Run fotoxx on an initial image:
fotoxx *.jpg

Figure 1 shows the main fotoxx window.

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Prev and Next navigate to other images in the same directory. Fotoxx's navigation is a little slow, so you probably won't want to use it as your primary image viewer.

To see more images at once, use the Gallery button, which opens fotoxx's image gallery (Figure 2). Click on an image to open it in the fotoxx image window.

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Simple photo enhancements

Fotoxx has all the normal adjustments you need for photos, starting with two different ways to adjust brightness. Retouch->Flatten´┐ŻBrightness gives you a simple slider, while Retouch->Brightness/Color (Figure 3) lets you adjust the image's color curves, much like GIMP's Curves tool.

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The Retouch menu also offers a red-eye removal tool and white balance adjustment.

The Sharp menu offers sharpening -- three ways to do it, and they all work pretty well -- as well as blurring and noise reduction.

Need to crop off the outer parts of a photo? Under Size you can choose Trim (Figure 4).

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You can drag the corners and edges of the Trim rectangle even though the cursor doesn't change to tell you that. The Size menu also lets you resize (scale) the image or rotate it.

When you're happy with your modifications, Save will write them back to the file.

The Art menu sports a few filters like Emboss and Tile, though they're quite limited -- you'll probably want to stick to GIMP for that sort of operation. But fotoxx covers most normal photo editing, and it's all surprisingly easy to use.

And fotoxx has some surprises -- advanced tools you'd never expect to find in a lightweight editor like this.

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