Filling The Gap
In KDE, there are quite a few apps out there to manage your personal photo library with. The prominent ones that come to mind are DigiKam and Qwenview. While both of these applications are fantastic and highly regarded, they miss one huge mark. The average user. DigiKam literally sets the bar as far as Linux editing, collection and workflow is concerned. Qwenview excels at being a general purpose image viewer. Neither of these 2 applications focus singularly on the task of collecting personal photos in an easy and straight-forward way.
Daniel Nicoletti, most notably known for the package-manager front-end Apper, seeks to fill this void with Photobook. Not only will this software fill a void with end-users who install it, it certainly– I believe– has a place in the kore suite of KDE apps. This is especially true for users that are already filling this void with something like Shotwell, but would rather not have the inconsistency of GTK apps on their machines.
Daniel goes on to mention that this is the first reveal of this code and the GUI is a little rough. Judging from the screenshot below, he is right. All things considered, it’s easy to see the direction that this app is taking. The tried and true Apple iTunes/iPhoto approach is not a bad one, and this one follows suit nicely.
So your ready to install this bad boy? While it’s not yet ready for prime time, the code is available if you’d like to build it yourself. If you do, we’d love to hear what you think. Instructions can be found at the source.
So, does KDE really need and answer to applications like Shotwell or is this all in vain? We think not, and we are overflowing with excitement at the very prospect. But, we aren’t everyone… What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
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