Archives For November 30, 1999

digiKam 5.6.0

DigiKam photo manager released new major version 6.0 recently with many great new feature including video files management support as photo.

DigiKam 6.0 release highlights:

  • Full support of video files management working just like photos.
  • An integration of all import/export web-service tools in LightTable, Image editor and Showfoto.
  • Raw file decoding engine supporting new cameras.
  • Similarity data is now stored in a separate database file.
  • Simplified web-service authentication using OAuth protocol.
  • New tools to export to Pinterest, OneDrive and Box web-services.
  • The capability to re-organize the icon-view contents manually.
  • See the release note for more details.

Download DigiKam 6.0

There’s no PPA repository, snap package, or flatpak package for the latest DigiKam.

So far there’s only Appimage available to make it easy to run DigiKam in Ubuntu.

  • Download the i386.appimage (for 32-bit) or x86_64.appimage (for 64-bit)
  • Right-click and go to file’s Properties dialog, and make it executable
  • Finally run the appimage to launch digiKam.

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.

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):

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

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.

Want to organize your photographs into a proper date and time based directory structure? Pivot is a free and open-source tool that organizes your images from the hard drive or directly from the camera. The organization is mainly based on the creation date and time of the images.

Pivot features:

  • copy photographs and videos from the camera to a pre-selected folder on the hard drive
  • copy photographs and videos from a folder on the hard drive to a pre-selected other folder
  • flexibly setup up the renaming process of the copying, including sub folders creation (e.g. by year and/or album)
  • setup albums based on the creation date of files.
  • adapt time differences of files from different cameras. This includes EXIF meta data adaptation
  • setup multiple destination targets. For instance, one destination is the actual gallery, the other one a backup path. You can:
    • (de-)select every file individually for each destination
    • choose different naming conventions for each destination
  • preview the copy results, before actually copying
  • rename existing files to fit with the newly copied files (only changing of numbering, including changing the number of digits to match the overall number)
  • add comments to files and hence, to the destination copy of the files, as well – if you wish so.
  • adapt a lot of settings to your need
  • remember already copied files. Depending on the settings, these files won’t be copied again.
  • recognize duplicate files based on a MD5 hash. Only one of these duplicate files will be copied – depending on the user settings.
  • recognize file times on different ways, if no meta data is present (i.e. for videos)
  • save adapted file data, as well as album data between sessions
  • take care of raw/jpeg combinations in the way you like (e.g. same numbering)


Install Pivot Organization Tool in Ubuntu:

The binary package is available in PPA for Ubuntu 14.04. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway 

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install pivot

For those who don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb package directly from the ppa page and click to open with Ubuntu Software Center and finally install the software.

(Optional) To remove the PPA as well as the software, run:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:dhor/myway && sudo apt-get remove pivot

For the detailed descriptions including how to use guide, go to Pivot home page.

Since last digiKam 3.4.0 was released with a new core implementation to speed up processing, digiKam team just announced v3.5.0 with following bug fixes:

  • Kipi-plugins cannot be deselected or Digikam not reading digikamrc
  • Panorama creation: give first and last (used) file name automatically
  • Removing tags limited to 250 selected pictures
  • undo/redo does not take effect in the image
  • Feature request: Setting in digiKam to only detect faces, not trying to recognize them automatically
  • Digikam crashed when validating face tag with button

Download & Build digiKam in Ubuntu:

digiKam software collection tarball can be downloaded from KDE repository. So far, the Kubuntu Backports PPA is still stuck with v3.3.0. Fortunately, it’s not hard to compile and install from the source.

UPDATE: There’s now a PPA that contains digiKam 3.5.0 for Ubuntu 13.10. Just run commands below one by one to add PPA and install digiKam 3.5::

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:msylwester/digikam

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install digikam

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:msylwester/digikam

I’ve successfully built digiKam 3.5.0 on Ubuntu 13.10 Beta2, see what I did in steps below:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to install required tools:

sudo apt-get install gcc cpp make cmake checkinstall

2. Click the previous link to download the source tarball. Then navigate to downloaded directory in command line and uncompress the package:

cd ~/Downloads; tar jxvf digikam-3.5.0.tar.bz2

Go to resulted folder and create build directory:

cd ~/Downloads/digikam-3.5.0/
mkdir build
cd build

3. Install the dependencies:

sudo apt-get install libgpod4-nogtk 
sudo apt-get build-dep digikam kipi-plugins

4. Check if all requirements for compile are available:

cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=release -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix` ..

5. If ready, compile it via:

sudo checkinstall --pkgname=digiKam3.5 --install=no  make install

6. Follow the on screen prompts and install the result DEB:

sudo dpkg -i digikam3.5*.deb

That’s it. Enjoy!