digiKam - cross-platform photo management

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digiKam - cross-platform photo management

#1 Post by webfork » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:40 am

Program Summary:
digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application for linux/KDE, which makes importing and organizing digital photos a "snap". The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.
Short version: this is a big wait-and-see. The Windows version is apparently both huge and crashy. Once it gets a little more stable and the KDE install bits get pared down, this could be a powerful addition to the portable community.

I did some research on this before I came across the PA thread that goes into a bit more detail: http://portableapps.com/node/28757
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Re: digiKam - cross-platform photo management

#2 Post by webfork » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:26 pm

Update: The program is now at least starting on my machine so that's a win right there, but it did still crash and some of the preview functionality wasn't working. Still, there's a remarkable amount of functionality in this program. Just the search component alone is startlingly detailed:

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Resources: 1.7 gigs of disk space, 350 megs of RAM

Steps: Download, extract using 7zip, launch digikam.exe. Tested v.5.9.0

Status: Not portable, writes to C:\Users\hybrid\AppData\Local

Site: https://www.digikam.org/

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Re: digiKam - cross-platform photo management

#3 Post by Stephen Leibowitz » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:23 am

Version 6 beta 3 was released last year. The plan is for the production version 6 to be released on February 10. Here are two quotes from the digicam.org website about version 6, which may be especially relevant to non-Linux users:

“A huge factoring of source code has been done to reduce external dependencies again with the goal to simplify application compilation, packaging and maintenance for the next years.”

“Also, the port to Qt5 with less KDE dependencies has seriously stabilized the application and we now enter the last stage to stabilize all source code on this platform well.”

The Windows build of Version 6 will include Dr. Mingw, which is a Just-in-Time (JIT) debugger.

Version 6 has additional features, including video management support.

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Re: digiKam - cross-platform photo management

#4 Post by webfork » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:52 pm

Stephen Leibowitz wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:23 am
“A huge factoring of source code has been done to reduce external dependencies again with the goal to simplify application compilation, packaging and maintenance for the next years.”

“Also, the port to Qt5 with less KDE dependencies has seriously stabilized the application and we now enter the last stage to stabilize all source code on this platform well.”
Great news, I look forward to seeing what the new version holds. Thanks!

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Re: digiKam - cross-platform photo management

#5 Post by webfork » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:57 am

As Stephen Leibowitz suggested earlier in the thread, the program did see some really positive updates. I retested recently and the crashing discussed previously seems to have mostly been worked out. Also, this program did *finally* add a functionality I've been looking for: you can select multiple thumbnails and modify just those items for size, color, conversion, filters, etc. Wonderful news.

Unfortunately it's not portable ...

Steps: download and unzip, overwriting when prompted, launch digikam.exe

Status: Not portable, writes to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\digikamrc. Also writes to \AppData\Local\kxmlgui5\digikam\ I was also unable to determine how to get the photos database to work within the local folder.

Resource: Still huge; the download is 275 megs, install is 1.3 gigs, RAM was 313 megs on my Win10x64 system. Again, this is a feature monster so at least this is one program who's size is comiserate to the features, but it's probably unwise to have it running in the background all the time.

Comparison to other programs here on the site: Like PhotoDemon, the program is primarily targeted to photographers and not for standard image addendums for screenshots, such as arrows, text, boxes, etc. Probably PhotoScape is the best program to play in both camps.

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Re: digiKam - cross-platform photo management

#6 Post by Stephen Leibowitz » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:27 pm

Version 6.1.0 has been released. It is at https://download.kde.org/stable/digikam/6.1.0/

The most prominent addition is a new plugins interface named “DPlugins” for Generic, Editor, and BQM tools. Also, the Dr. Mingw debugger component has been updated from version 0.8.2 to 0.9.1.

Here is a list of bug fixes:
https://bugs.kde.org/buglist.cgi?f1=cf_ ... m&v1=6.1.0

DigiKam has scalability. The default database engine is SQLite, but MySQL and MariaDB are good options for collections with a large number of images. See
https://docs.kde.org/trunk5/en/extragea ... p-database
https://scribblesandsnaps.com/2018/10/1 ... d-mariadb/

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