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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


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


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.

Photo Video Organization

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)


Pivot Photo Organization Tool

Pivot Photo Organization Tool

Pivot Photo Organization Viewer

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.

digikam 3.5.0

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!

digikam 3.5