Photographic Memory: KPhotoAlbum for KDE 4

May 12, 2009

Some users might know KPhotoAlbum under the earlier name of KimDaBa. Now, after a time-intensive migration, the album-software is available in version 4 for KDE 4.

Among the new features is a stacking capability which allows the marking of a number of similar images to be the same shot. In the announcement of the latest release, the developers have used the Grand Canyon as an example, or various working copies of the same raw image. What the stacking feature does is still a little unclear. Presumably it helps skip presentation passages that would otherwise show several, slightly different, shots of the same scene.

The MD5 sum has been modified, making it very useful for searching out corrupted images files. Page relations can be varied during a presentation, flv and efr files will be recognized and comments can be transferred from image to image with the click of a mouse.

The software also supports PEF, a raw format for Pentax cameras. In “viewer” mode, the mouse pointer disappears and the screen saver is deactivated. Last but not least, an import dialog will offer to merge data for files that already exist.

The software's source code can be found on the project website. OpenSuse users can get KPhotoAlbum 4.0 more comfortably from the jengel repository.

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