Darktable, the free, open-source photography workflow application and raw developer just released version 1.4, on December 26 (the Boxing Day 2013). Let’s see what’s new in this release and how to install / upgrade Darktable 1.4 in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and their derivatives.
What’s New in Darktabe 1.4:
- darktable now integrates a lua engine that allows writing scripts to make it easier to use with other image processing software. These scripts can be run when a particular event takes place (for example when a new image is imported) or when a particular keyboard shortcut is used. There are very few scripts available at this point but we expect the community to provide some more during the next release cycle.
- darktable now includes several kinds of drawn masks: brush, circle, ellipse, path and gradients
- exporting in WebP format
- serious speed enhancements of lighttable when using large colections
- focus detection on lighttable
- local cached copies of images for offline files
- a few new blend mode like “HSV lightness”, “HSV color”, “Lab lightness” and “Lab color”
- new modules “contrast brightness saturation”, “color balance” and “color mapping” which replaces the now deprecated “color transfer” module
- new histogram mode “waveform”
- added a setting to automatically collapse modules to only have a single one expanded
- better user experience for bauhaus sliders: the popup now has a blinking cursor to make possible text entry more discoverable
- the text entry for bauhaus sliders and vimkeys’ “:set” command can now evaluate mathematical expressions
- additional logarithmic mode for editing the basecurve
- many bug fixes and small improvements
- a tool for measuring basecurves from a sample image
- a tool to check the system’s color management setup. call cmake with -DBUILD_CMSTEST=On to build and install it. packagers probably want that.
- updated usermanual
- darktable now requires Gtk+ in version >= 2.24, Glib in version >= 2.30
Install Darktable in Ubuntu:
This release has been made into PPA for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 13/14/15/16 and their derivatives.
Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command below to add the Darktable PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release
After that, you can install or upgrade Darktable via Synaptic Package Manager, or just run below commands:
sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install darktable