After 10 months of the last release, The new version of digiKam 6.0.0 was released, incorporating new features prepared by the students as part of the Google Summer of Code program.
DigiKam is able to organize image collections in folders, by dates or by tags. It allows you to add comments and ratings to photos, perform searches with this information, and store these searches as if they were folders.
As well allows you to make simple photo edits such as cropping, rotating, color retouching, etc. Using Kipi (KDE Image Plugin Interface), it offers the possibility of increasing its functionalities.
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An important component of Digikam for evaluating image metadata is Exiv2. Change Exif, IPTC, and XMP metadata on images as needed. A built-in time adjustment tool allows you to modify the timestamps of images without having to use the Batch Queue Manager.
As Digikam becomes more and more popular on Windows, more bug reports are also found.
This is in accordance with the blog post, because the advanced features of Digikam are increasingly used by Windows users.
Digikam hangs while Drmingw glitch information is being collected and sent to developers. This saves Windows users from using a debugger.
Manage videos as images
Requested by users for a long time, A new feature has been added to Digikam: Video files can now be managed as photos.
Exiv2 still cannot extract metadata from video. QtAV is the solution for dealing with video files that the Digikam project decided in the end.
This is basically due to Ffmpeg, which proved to be stable in testing. Digikam 6.0.0 also creates thumbnails of the videos and plays them even without the help of external software.
Digikam now auto-generate sub-albums where only the photos are in a particular file format or those that were taken in a certain month.
You can use this new option through the menu item «View - Separate Articles«. Tools for exporting images to web services are available everywhere in the new Digikam.
This means that images can not only be exported from the album view, but also from the image editor, lightbox, and show photo. The developers have also worked on an improved search for similarity.
More RAW formats
Unlike Jpeg, the RAW format is not standardized and all camera manufacturers produce their RAW images at their own discretion.
This makes it especially difficult to support this format. Digikam 6 now includes support for Libraw 0.19, which supports 200 new RAW formats.
Including those for Apple and Samsung smartphones, but also for Canon, Nikon or Leika cameras, the full list is in the ad.
Last but not least, Digikam 6.0.0 also benefits from Google Summer of Code projects.
Web services authentications now work in O-Auth2, including those for Facebook, Google Drive, and Google Photos. There are new tools for the Pinterest, One Drive and Box services.
How to install digiKam 6.0.0 on Linux?
Various packages for installing the software can be found at KDE.org. For Linux users, there are Appimage files and source code ready.
For those who are interested in being able to install this new version on their systems, They can do it by downloading the AppImage file that they offer us in the KDE repositories according to the architecture of our system.
What we are going to do is open a terminal and type the command corresponding to our architecture.
For those who are users of 32-bit systems:
wget https://download.kde.org/stable/digikam/6.0.0/digikam-6.0.0-i386.appimage -O digikam.appimage
If they are users of 64-bit systems:
wget https://download.kde.org/stable/digikam/6.0.0/digikam-6.0.0-x86-64.appimage -O digikam.appimage
We give execution permissions with:
sudo chmod +x digikam.appimage
And they can run the application by double clicking or from the terminal with: