In what seems like an eternity, the group over at Yorba.org unleashed Shotwell version 0.12.0 today after a period of stagnation that could only be exceeded by F-Spot or Duke Nukem Forever. The software package did not gain a lot of features, though seems to have been released just in time for Gnome 3.4. From Yorba.org: Shotwell 0.12 is here! Major new features include:
- Straighten photo feature
- Support for GTK+3
- Flickr login now uses OAuth authentication
- Greater support for Android devices
- Saved searches can exclude all photos tagged with a given string
- Lots of bug fixes!
From a user perspective, the big feature here is photo straightening, however greater Android support just seems to mean that it finally knows where to look for a DCIM folder. Previously Shotwell would load all images contained on an external device for preview before importing. This may pose a problem for those with Android phones that look at… …erotic photography. Previously, importing pictures of your kids or weekend retreat meant that you would get the surprise of your smut all over your import screen. So, congratulations to the Shotwell team for finally pointing the importer at one of the most common directories in history.
While any new release of a popular software is good news, it may upset some users of Ubuntu’s current LTS release, 10.04 “Lucud Lynx”. Since the software is now based on GTK3, it’s a no go for those individuals (of which I am among). It seems that 10.04 users will be invited to the party less and less, which is a shame because the release has another full year of updates coming– If the only thing you are using is Firefox and Thunderbird… Will 0.12.0 slip into the Ubuntu and Fedora repos in time for 12.04 and Fedora 17? I guess we’ll know soon!