Showfoto logo Showfoto is a stand alone Photo Editor based on digiKam Image Editor. Showfoto is a part of digiKam project. digiKam bills itself as a digital photo management application, but it offers much more. We show you how to get started with this cool tool. Maybe I am misunderstanding something; but, it is my understanding that there is a pdf instructions manual that one must install in DigiKam.
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Managing digital photographs in Linux is very straightforward. KDE’s digiKam downloads your images directly from your camera. It helps you organize and manipulate your images to get the best possible results. The application includes several useful plug-ins that can convert hanfbook images to various different formats.
Image improvement plug-ins also include red eye reduction, speck removal and hot pixel removal. Various filter and effect plug-ins help create little works of art from your digital images. On start-up, digiKam shows a window with two main hqndbook The far right edge of the window has a number of tabs attached which can be used to display important information about your images, or to manipulate certain image-related data:.
Use this tab to access properties assigned to digiksm images, such as file properties permissions, ownership, modification date, etc. Use this tab to access color management-related data and to analyze the histograms associated with your images.
Use Tag Filter to filter the amount of images displayed in the main view, using tagging information. To download images from your digital camera, simply connect the camera to handook USB port of your computer using the USB cable provided by the camera hnadbook.
Depending on your camera model, you may need to switch your camera to a special data transfer mode. Consult the camera’s manual about this. If your camera can be switched to a USB mass storage device, select this option. After you connect the camera to the USB port of your computer and turn the camera on, the new USB device is automatically detected and mounted.
KDE lets you select the action to take in the event of any such device being mounted. You can choose to start digiKam or any other image viewing or processing application whenever a device of this type is mounted. If your camera can haandbook switched to PTP, select this option.
Normally your camera is not automatically mounted in PTP mode, but can be accessed digkam digiKam. Special Drivers and Gphoto2. Nowadays cameras can use different non-volatile memory cards. For example, SD memory cards, compact flash CFmemory sticks, to name a few. Some new computers have a card reader on board with different slots, to support all these formats. If you do not want to deal with cables, protocols, or drivers, select this option, as it simplifies a lot.
Normally, card readers are detected as removeable devices and are automatically mounted in KDE. First, try to detect the camera automatically with Auto-Detect. If this fails, browse the list of supported cameras for your model with Add.
To download idgikam from a camera that has been properly configured, attach the camera to your computer handboo select the camera from the Camera menu. Right-click an image to open a pop-up menu with the options to View the image, to Downloador Delete the image. Select the Settings tab to the right of the download window to rename the image files using Renaming Options. Mass renaming of your images comes handbbook handy if your camera’s filenames are not meaningful enough for your purpose.
Provide a unique prefix, add an optional date, and let digiKam provide a sequence number. Select all images to download from the camera digukam pressing the left mouse button or by clicking individual images with Ctrl pressed, or by using one of the select modes provided by the Images menu at the bottom of the download window. Digikaj Download and select the destination from the list, or create a new album with New Album which automatically suggests a filename with the current date.
Confirm with OK to start the download process.
To save your camera’s battery power, you can also attach a USB hub to your computer providing an appropriate slot for your storage medium and download the files from there. Once the USB hub is connected to your computer, the KDE media handler dialog opens and offers to download the images from the medium you attached. By default, digiKam creates a folder called My Albums to hold all root albums, called collections. Collections can store albums, while albums store sub albums and images.
The first collection was created on first start with the First-run Wizard dialogue. The albums can be sorted by directory layout, by collection name set in the album properties, or by the date that the albums were first created this date can also be changed in the properties of each album. Once you have chosen to create a new album, provide some basic administrative information about digi,am new album, figikam as an album title. Optionally, choose a category, insert some comments, and select an album date.
Categories are a way of organizing your albums by a common label. The comment is shown in the banner at the top of the main window. To select a different one, right-click the respective photograph and select Set as Album Thumbnail from the context menu.
Managing a high number of different images across various albums can be very difficult. To manage your images by custom categories and across albums, digiKam provides the My Tags system. Tags categorize jandbook, and more than one tag can be assigned to an image. For example, assume that you took several pictures of animals and distributed them across various albums. Now you are looking for an easy way to generate an overview of all pictures ever taken of animals.
Using digiKam’s tags, proceed as follows for this scenario:. The dialog box allows you to create hierarchical tags, too. Provide an optional icon and leave this handbkok with OK. To tag more then one picture at once, use the Ctrl key.
This interface allows you to assign tags to this image, enter an optional descriptive comment, and rate this image. When you are done with the first image, stay in handbkok dialog, click the right arrow button, and click Apply when finished to apply your settings. Do it with all your images of this album. Proceed similarly with all other albums and images.
To retrieve all images in your entire collection that carry a certain tag in this case animalsproceed as follows:. The Tag Filter in the far right edge of the main window limits the number of images displayed for the current album to those marked by the tag or tags selected here.
Any image collection soon becomes unmanageable if you do not find a means to easily search for the images you need and find them. To help digiam organize your collection, digiKam offers you two search options:. You can save this search for future use, and edit other existing searches listed under Searches on the left edge of your digiKam window. Search for image properties like date, rating, file size, color depth and a lot more.
With the Add Search Group button it is possible to combine several search criteria. The following example illustrates how to create an Advanced Search using rating or tag information to search for images:.
Select Picture Properties criterion. Now select Rating from 2 to 5 stars. Select the Add Search Group digkiam. Another search board dibikam. It is possible hancbook combine search parameters with And or Or and the four options. Click on Meet any of the following conditions. Select the File, Album, Tags criterion and choose a tag from the tags list. Select the Picture Dkgikam criterion. The results of your search are displayed in the digiKam window.
Chapter Managing Your Digital Image Collection with DigiKam
To save the search for future use, click on Searches tab on the left side. Specify a name for this search and Save Current Search by clicking the save button. Leave the Advanced Search dialog with another click on the Searches tab. To create an HTML export of your image collection, proceed as follows:. Determine which part of your collection should be archived by selecting albums or tags in Collection and click Next.
Specify size, compression and file type for the thumbnails used for gallery navigation in Image Settings and click Next. Determine the eigikam of the gallery on disk with Output and click Finish. To export your collection to an external image gallery on the Internet, proceed as follows:. Click New Album and provide the information requested by digiKam.
With this information digiKam is able to illustrate and search photographs by their location and display them on a globe. To make use of Geolocation, proceed as follows:. Click on the Map Searches tab on the left side. Press Shift ctrl and the left mouse button to choose an area on the map.
Use the mouse wheel to zoom in uandbook out. Every image matching the coordinates of the area will be displayed inside the main window. Click on the Geolocation tab on gandbook right xigikam to open the globe. Select one or more pictures with the left mouse button. Every picture containing GPS information will be displayed on the map.
Choose the location on the map or enter the coordinates manually and press Ok. To edit several pictures at once press the Ctrl key while choosing the desired pictures. To enter digiKam’s viewing or editing mode, right-click an image thumbnail and select View or Edit from the context menu.
To use the plug-ins, install the divikam package.