Introducing Photobook: KDE’s Answer To Shotwell


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!

Source | Dantii’s Blog | Source Code


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • Phil Hill

    I agree wholeheartedly. I use Digikam but find that it is largely over the top for what I generally do require. Hopefully Photobook will be the missing link we have been hanging out for.

  • Dan Dennedy

    I am fine with simply using the features of Digikam that I am familiar and comfortable with. I can ignore the many other things it offers because they don’t get in my way. It is comforting to know they are there when I am ready and able.

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  • ikeahloe

    looks like a nice little program

  • Kenny Dalgliesh

    >While both of these applications are fantastic and highly regarded, they miss one >huge mark. The average user.

    I think Digikam is amazing but my parents use Gwenview to view, crop, resize, redeye their pictures and dont need more.
    Its amazingly easy to navigate.
    My folks used Picassa on Windows before both moving over to KDE based desktops.
    The only thing Id want more would be able to darken-ligthen-contrast a bit but really thats what you are trying to beat

  • msx msx

    Things like this are useful for people like my sister who don’t like computers -wow, it’s that even possible?!- and don’t want to spend time learning how to use them, just wants to use it.
    For me DigiKam, Gwenview or even Dolphin are plain great to organize my already messy pictures and photo collections.