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Fotoxx faster workflow


Fotoxx, a free and open source photo editing software has reached version 14.02 recently with improvements and bug fixes.

As you may know, Fotoxx is a Linux program for photo editing and collection management. The goal is to meet most user needs while remaining fast and easy to use.

Version 14.02 changelog:

  • Index Image Files (aka Synchronize) runs faster. Intermixing image files with
    100K other files under /home/user/… has little effect on speed.
    Startup time is also faster for the normal case of few new image files.
  • Retouch Combo: sliders were added for fast adjustment of overall brightness,
    contrast and color. The curves can then be hand-tuned if needed.
  • Slide Show: a new transition type simulates turning a book page.
  • Slide Show: images are clipped to exactly fit the monitor if the difference
    in aspect ratio is less than a predefined limit.
  • Slide Show: optionally show captions/comments above each image.
  • The batch Rename and Convert functions were combined for convenience.
  • Batch Convert has a new option to automatically sharpen images.
  • Paint/Clone: a “shadow” paintbrush tracks the source of copied pixels.
  • Retouch Combo, Trim/Rotate and Resize can recall prior settings for easier application to multiple images needing similar treatments.
  • Mashup: resizing/rotating an overlay image with the mouse is smoother.
  • Editing in a selected area: edge blending was made a bit smoother.
  • Search Images: select a gallery (thumbnails) report or a tabular report for
    listing desired metadata along with a thumbnail image.
  • Block metadata edits for image types not supporting this (e.g. bmp, gif).
  • Bugfix: Texture function converted RGB 0/0/0 pixels into illegal values.
  • Bugfix: Bogus error message about exceeding geotag limits.
  • Bugfix: Trim function left temporary image remnants on the window.


The official download page provides the DEB packages for Ubuntu and its derivatives.

Fotoxx Download Page

Fotoxx 14.01 ubuntu 13.10

Fotoxx faster workflow


Fotoxx, the free and open source photo editing software recently released version 13.12 with UI revision for faster workflow when processing multiple photos.

Full changes in Fotoxx 13.12:

The user interface was revised for faster workflow when processing multiple photos:

  • An edit function can be started without closing a prior active edit function. The prior edit becomes the new base and an undo/redo position is added automatically.
  • You can step through a series of images with an open edit function. Apply the function to an image or pass over by pressing the [next] button.
  • Brightness and color functions can recall prior settings for faster application to other photos made under the same lighting conditions.

Other changes:

  • RAW files are now edited like other image files. Auto-copy to TIFF16 is no longer done. Edit as usual and save in the desired format (TIFF/PNG/JPEG8/16 bit color).
  • Add Text: new option: retrieve and edit metadata caption/comments.
  • Captions: new option: show metadata caption/comments above each image.
  • Move Collections is more flexible: any pathname segment can be replaced.
  • Some intermediate files now use ramdisk for a small performance gain.
  • Mashup: move layout images in 1-pixel steps with the keyboard arrow keys.
  • Mashup: internal speedups, especially when painting transparency.
  • New Slide Show transition type: double doors open from the middle.
  • Log file output was made always current, like a terminal session.

Bug Fixes:

  • Unsaved edits were lost if the [next] button was used beyond the last image file.
  • Curve nodes were lost when reloading saved complex edit curves.
  • Mashup: fix erratic overlay image corner drag behavior.

Install Fotoxx in Ubuntu:

The GetDeb repository contains the latest release for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives. To add the repository, run commands below in terminal one by one (Ctrl+Alt+T):


sudo dpkg -i getdeb-repository_0.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb

For Linux Mint there’s an option under “Software Sources -> Additional repositories” to enable Getdeb.

After that, install Fotoxx from Ubuntu Software Center after checking for updates. Or run commands below instead:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install fotoxx

Fotoxx 13.12 ubuntu 13.10

As you may know, Fotoxx is a free open source Linux program for photo editing and collection management. The goal is to meet most user needs while remaining fast and easy to use. The latest Fotoxx 13.10 has been released with many improvements and bug fixes. See details:

  • Mashup images and text can be moved, resized and rotated using the mouse.
  • Trim/Crop and Rotate were combined as one function to improve workflow.
  • Rotate: click image position to add vertical and horizontal guidelines.
  • Rotate: the automatic trim option was reinstated.
  • Flatten and Expand brightness distribution were combined as one function.
  • Paint/Clone: new option to paint/erase gradually or fully in one stroke.
  • Gallery thumbnail popup menu: rotate +/-90 degrees was added.
  • Gallery [Top] button: new option to choose from named collections.
  • World map zoom: toggle full-size/fit-window without intermediate steps.
  • Slide Show: allow pause and resume at a selected image position.
  • Slide Show: an image with the tag ‘pause’ will beep and pause until resumed.
  • View Metadata: option to show only captions and comments (e.g. for slide show).
  • Making a named collection from search results (or any gallery) was simplified.
  • CMYK function: the user interface was simplified.
  • Warp Linear/Curved/Affine are using multiple threads for faster response.
  • Bugfix: clickable tabular reports would not scroll with the mouse wheel.
  • Bugfix: the interactive translation update function was broken.

fotoxx 13.10

Download Fotoxx at its official website.

Before get started installing the package, you need to first install dcraw & ufraw in Ubuntu Software Center.

As you may know, the digital photo editor Fotoxx updates every month. Here I’ll show you how to install and keep the latest version in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and their derivatives via PPA.

So far, the latest release is 13.09. With it, you can edit photos and manage a large collection. Includes thumbnail image browser and navigator, RAW file import, a comprehensive set of edit functions working in deep color, fast full-image feedback, multiple undo/redo, select/copy/paste, file versioning, batch transforms, HDR and panorama composites, metadata edit, fast search and display, named image subsets (views). Read the changelog.

fotoxx ubuntu

Install Latest Fotoxx:

The getdeb repository provides Fotoxx packages for Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 13.04. You can add the repository by downloading and installing the Debs from the below link:

download gedeb package

After that, you can install fotoxx and receive updates by Synaptic Package Manager or by running below commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install fotoxx

For other Ubuntu editions, such as Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 10.04, etc. Download the deb packages from the official site.