Organize your photo collection with Geeqie Art Sorted

Slide Show

In addition, S starts and stops a slide show, which runs directly in the main window. Its speed can be adjusted by pressing Ctrl++ and Ctrl+-. If you right-click on a directory, the context menu lets you start a recursive slide show. Geeqie will then include the photos in all subdirectories.

View | Pan View tells Geeqie to display the photos in other overviews (Figure 3), by default as a timeline. Go to original in the context menu shifts the corresponding photo into the main window.

Figure 3: The Timeline drop-down list in the panel view lets you switch to this Calendar. Clicking on a date shows you all the photos taken on that day.

Pressing Ctrl+K unfolds a sidebar with more information (Figure 4). Among other things, you can see a histogram of the image, assign keywords, and enter a comment if required. You can either check the boxes for the keywords in the list or enter your own in the field to the left. Rating lets you assign a rating to the image.

Figure 4: The individual information can be displayed and hidden by clicking on the black triangles.

In the lower part of the information, you will find all the EXIF metadata stored by the camera, as well as the recording location on an OpenStreetMap map. You can add missing information by pressing the plus button. If you cannot access some information, this probably means that Geeqie was compiled without the required support.

Love of Order

The list of photos on the left side and the directory selection work like a file manager: You can drag a photo and drop it in another directory. The application will then ask if you want to copy or move the image. If you hold down Ctrl, you can select several photos and move them at the same time. New directories are created with File | New directory.

If your camera has dumped all the photos in a single directory, the Sort Manager helps you to sort them. To bring it up, press Shift+S. Make sure that the drop-down list shows Folders. The Sort Manager offers the option of copying or moving the photos to the desired directories (Figure 5).

Figure 5: The Sort Manager helps you move or copy the images to directories of your choice.

You can use the plus symbol at the bottom of the Sort Manager to create a shortcut for each target directory. Select the first photo in the file list in the lower left corner of the main window. Then, in Sort Manager, click the shortcut to which you want to assign the image. Geeqie immediately switches to the next image. Now click on the appropriate shortcut in the Sort Manager again. Continue with this until all the photos are in the desired directory.

In addition, the software offers to assign the photos to virtual photo albums, also known as Collections. In this way, you can keep all the photos of your new house build together, even if the photos actually reside in different directories. To do this, first create a New Collection in the File menu; then drag the desired photos into the empty window. Pressing Ctrl+S saves the collection; you can load it later on by pressing O. A double-click on a photo opens it in the main window; you can use drag and drop to arrange images in the desired order.

Double Deal

F3 displays the search function on the screen. At the top, first define the directory where you want Geeqie to search. If you select Recurse, the tool also looks in subdirectories. Below you can select all the criteria that apply to the photos you are looking for (Figure 6).

Figure 6: In this example, Geeqie would find all images that include the abbreviation IMG in their filenames and that measure 640x480 pixels.

To get rid of duplicate images, call File | Find Duplicates, and use Compare by to select a criterion. Name tells Geeqie to report files with identical filenames, while Similarity tells the program to report photos with similar image content. Drag all the images you want to compare onto the large white area. The list contains all the photos that Geeqie classifies as similar (Figure 7).

Figure 7: In the first column, Geeqie reveals how similar the photos are. The bottom image matches the one directly above it (without a percentage) with a probability of 87 percent.

Which sunset snapshot is the best? You answer such questions via View | Split | Quad. Geeqie now displays four photos side by side on the right (Figure 8). You can, for example, click on the photo top right and select a different photo from the list bottom left. Changing the two photos at the bottom follows the same principle – this makes it really easy to compare four shots. The program always applies all actions to the photo with the red frame. Pressing Y returns you to the normal view.

Figure 8: As an alternative view, Geeqie places two photos one on top of the other or next to each when you press E or U.

Pressing 1 tells Geeqie to attach (or remove) a yellow sticky note numbered 1 to the currently displayed photo. You can use the number keys from 2 to 0 to attach up to nine more sticky notes to the photo. What you use the tags for is up to you. For example, you could tag all potential deletion candidates with 1 first.

M shows boxes that represent the individual tags in the bottom left corner of the file list. Checking the first box from the left, assigns the 1 tag to the photo. If you check a box in the top line, Geeqie will only display photos with the appropriate tag. Pressing Ctrl and one of the numbers lets you select all tagged images at once.

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