Archives For digital photo management

Krita

The open-source digital painting software Krita 3.3.1 was released a few days ago. Features some important bug-fixes and performance updates.

Krita 3.3.1 release highlights:

  • Fix that Krita would crash if you would restart Krita after closing Krita with the reference images docker set to floating
  • Fix that Krita 3.3.0 could not read .kra backup files or .kra files that were unzipped, then zipped up manually
  • Improve the look and feel of dragging and dropping layers
  • Fix a memory leak in the color selectors
  • Add brightness and contrast sliders for textured brushes
  • Add paste-at-cursor
  • Improve performance of the cpu canvas
  • Fix a crash on closing Krita when there is something on the clipboard
  • Add a button to open a file layer’s image in Krita

Krita 3.3.1

How to install Krita 3.3.1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, you can’t install the traditional .deb package due to out-dated system Qt libraries. However, a 64-bit Appimage is available for download at the link below:

Download Krita (.appimage)

Appimage is a single executable file with most required runtime and libraries. Just make it executable and run it to launch Krita:

Krita 3.3.1 Appimage

For Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Krita 3.3.0 is also available in Krita Lime PPA:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run commands to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Krita via Software Updater:

upgrade krita

or run commands to install it for the first time:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install krita

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, launch “Software & Updates” utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Krita 3.3.1, either use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove krita

Darktable 2.2.5

The Darktable photography workflow application reached the 2.2.5 release a few days ago with some new features, new cameras support, and various bug fixes.

According to the release note, Darktable 2.2.5 added base support for following devices:

  • Canon EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 9000D
  • Nikon D500 (14bit-uncompressed, 12bit-uncompressed)
  • Nikon D5600 (12bit-compressed, 12bit-uncompressed, 14bit-compressed, 14bit-uncompressed)
  • Panasonic DC-FZ82 (4:3)
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ80 (4:3)
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ85 (4:3)
  • Panasonic DC-GH5 (4:3)

There are also some new features and bug fixes, such as Darktable now do not fail if reading of EXIF from the original file fails, support XYZ as proofing profile, some GCC7 build and Mac packaging fixes, and fix some crash issues.

Darktable 2.2.5

How to Install Darktable 2.2.5 via PPA in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into this PPA repository, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives.

1. Open terminal Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when prompts and hit Enter.

Darktable PPA for Xenial

2. Then upgrade Darktable via Software Updater if you’ve a previous release installed:

upgrade darktable

Or simply run commands to check updates and install darktable:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install darktable

Uninstall:

To restore Darktable to the stock version available in your Ubuntu main repository, pure the PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

digiKam 5.4.0

Free and open-source photo management software digiKam 5.4.0 has been released today several improvements to the similarity search engine and a complete re-write of video file support.

What’s new in digiKam 5.4.0:

  • Usability improvements to the fuzzy sidebar functionality
  • Duplicates search improvement
  • Possibility to drag and drop an image into the Fuzzy search without import it.
  • Batch Queue Manager can now process only the current queue.
  • Fully ported to the QtAV framework to handle video and audio files
  • Includes latest libraw 0.18 with a long list of new supported cameras.
  • tags, group images improvements.
  • and see more in the release note.

digiKam in ubuntu

Download / Install digiKam 5.4.0 in Ubuntu:

For AppImage (non-install), grab the package from the link below (i386 for 32-bit, x86_64 for 64-bit):

Download digiKam (.appimage)

Then make the file executable from its context menu Properties window -> Permissions tab -> check “Allow executing file as program”. Finally click run the .appimage file to launch digiKam.

For traditional .deb packages, an unofficial PPA is available with Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 16.10 support so far:

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

digiKam 5.1 PPA

2. Then install or upgrade digiKam 5 via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install digikam5

Tip: There may be a small delay for new releases being made into PPA, you may check the above repository link before adding it.

Darktable 2.2

Darktable 2.2, a new stable series of the open-source photo workflow software, was finally announced on Christmas Eve.

After 3 release candidates, Darktable 2.2 stable was finally released with over 2k commits since 2.0.0. Also 298 pull requests and 360+ issues have been handled/closed in the new release.

Darktable 2.2 New Features:

  • Add new automatic perspective correction module
  • Liquify tool for all your fancy pixel moving
  • A new image module to use a Color Look Up Table (CLUT) to change colors in the image
  • In Highlight reconstruction module, the mode LCh reconstruction was completely rewritten, and is no longer useless!
  • A new tool, darktable-chart, that goes along with the CLUT module, to create styles for the latter
  • Exposure fusion in the basecurve module to lower the dynamic range of images
  • Add new raw overexposure indication
  • Darkroom: the preview (in top-left corner) is now no longer pre-demosaiced (but just downscaled without demosaicing it at the same time), thus the preview, color picker, histogram show the proper results, especially when there is highlight clipping.

Read the announcement for more details. And see the video below:

How to Install Darktable 2.2 in Ubuntu 16.04 and/or Ubuntu 16.10:

The new release has been made into PPA, available for Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, and Linux Mint 18. Follow the steps below to add the PPA and install / upgrade it:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

Darktable PPA for Xenial

2. For those who have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater (or update manager for mint) and upgrade Darktable after checking for updates.

upgrade darktable

Or just run commands below in terminal to install or upgrade to Darktable 2.2:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install darktable

Uninstall:

For any reason you can restore the Darktable installation to the stock version in Ubuntu main archive by purging the PPA via:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

LightZone 4.1 PPA

LightZone, an open-source professional-level digital darkroom software similar to DarkTable and Adobe Lightroom, finally reached the 4.1 release.

LightZone 4.1 brings some exciting new features, more translations and numerous new cameras supports:

  • open an image via command line, OS context menu, or drag & drop on LightZone shortcut icon.
  • full-screen mode is now supported on Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
  • HiDPI retina mode is now supported in OS X
  • You can now select multiple thumbnails with Ctrl-Shift-Click in photo browser
  • support zoom in/out with Ctrl-wheel, and move the zoomed image with Ctrl-drag.
  • you can now rotate the image with mouse wheel, and change the rotation grid origin with a click in Crop/Rotate mode
  • Upresolution is now possible when converting an edited image.
  • Raw files from the following cameras are now supported (additions to previously supported raw files):
    • Canon: EOS 1D-X, EOS 6D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D, EOS 100D / SL1 / X7, EOS 700D / T5i / X7i, EOS 1200D / Rabel T5, Powershot G7 X, Powershot G12, Powershot G16, Powershot S120
    • Epson: R-D1
    • Fujifilm: Finepix S1, X-A1, X-E2, X-M1, X-T1, X20, X30, X100s, X100T, XQ1
    • Leica: M9, X VARIO (TYP 107)
    • Nikon: 1 AW1, 1 J3, 1 S1, 1 V2, 1 V3, Coolpix A, Coolpix P340, Coolpix P7800, D4S, D600, D810, D750, D800, D800E, D3300, D5300, D5200, D5500, D7100, D7200, DF
    • Olympus: E-M10, E-M1, E-P3, E-P5, E-PL1S, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PL7, E-PM1, STYLUS1, XZ-1, XZ-2
    • Panasonic: DMC-FZ70, DMC-FZ200, DMC-FZ1000, DMC-G6, DMC-GF6, DMC-GM1, DMC-GX7, DMC-LF1, DMC-LX100
    • Pentax: 645D, GR, K100D Super, K-3, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-50, K-500, Q7
    • Samsung: EK-GN120, EX2F, NX1, NX10, NX20, NX200, NX300, NX1000, NX Mini
    • Sony: A99, DSC-RX1R, DSC-RX10, DSC-RX100M2, DSC-RX100M3, DSLR-A230, DSLR-A290, DSLR-A380, DSLR-A500, DSLR-A580, ILCE-7, ILCE-7R, ILCE-3000, ILCE-5000, ILCE-5100, ILCE-6000, ILCE-QX1, SLT-A58 NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5T, NEX-C3
  • Raw processing is now multi-threaded with OpenMP.

How to install/upgrade LightZone in Ubuntu:

Thanks to Otto Meier, the new release has been made into PPA, available for Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and there derivatives, including Linux Mint 13/17, eOS Freya and Luna.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/lightzone

lightzone-ppa

2. After adding the PPA, you can install the software from Synaptic Package Manager (you may first install the manager from Software Center).

install_lightzone

or just run below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lightzone

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package directly from PPA page.