Episode 148: A Shot at Shotwell

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With Ubuntu 10.10 coming up there will be a change in the standard photo managing program. It will change from F-Spot to Shotwell. I installed the release candidate of Ubuntu in a virtual machine and gave Shotwell a try.

Not bad, really not bad. :-)

I assume there will be more to Shotwell here soon, this was really my very first impression of the current version. The experience with the version in Ubuntu 10.4 was quite, ehm, underwhelming. But they did a lot for the new one.

I had not much time to do this show, so there are some editing gaffes and no TOC.

The TOC by Kevin

00:25 Welcome from Rolf
00:38 Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meercat
01:29 Welcome to Shotwell – getting images into Shotwell
02:30 Import from Folder
03:40 Sidebar
05:20 Tagging images
07:30 Menus
08:20 Publishing on the web
08:45 Show in file manager – open file location
09:25 Preferences
10:20 Editing an image
12:50 Rating an image
14:25 Rating and filtering in the browser view
15:50 Full screen mode
17:05 Integration with Gimp
19:30 Does Shotwell understand .xcf files?
20:45 Summary
23:01 The end

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8 thoughts on “Episode 148: A Shot at Shotwell

  1. I can’t wait to see how shotwell does. I really don’t like F-spot that much and I quite honestly like the simplicity of picasa. Truth be told I really like how picasa doesn’t require a specific folder structure, but unless a linux native version comes along that is up to date of the windows version I’m open to change.

    I’m currently running 10.4 and I am not impressed, maybe there will be an update soon!?!?!

  2. In order to be better than F-Spot there is not much needed. For me, F-spot is just unusable! I’ve been used to digikam from the days when I had been using KDE on different systems (last one was kubuntu… until they made a huge mess out of kde around kubuntu 8.10 or 9.04).
    I than tried F-Spot, was hugely dissatisfied and ended up using digikam under gnome. Not the perfect combination, but at least I can manage my photos again.

    I’m looking forward to see darktable grow up. Even at 0.6 it is really woth a look, especially if you’re shooting raw.

    Good luck shotwell. Let’s hope it is a huge improvement over F-Spot!

  3. I thought perhaps that not seeing your xcf file in Shotwell was due to you not importing it, so I tried importing an xcf file and was told one none image file not imported, so you were correct that it cannot (yet?) display xcf files.

    You skipped quickly over the publish option, I think you assumed that as it already listed facebook, flickr and picasa it would also connect to other sites, but I do not think this is possible. So you cannot publish direct to 23hq or any other site.

  4. @Rhian Youre right, it doesn_t work out of the box. But 23 uses the same API as Flickr and Shotwell is Open Source. So it would be really easy to implement a module for 23. If not? Then the code of Shotwell is really ugly.

  5. Here’s a TOC:

    Episode 148: A Shot at Shotwell
    00:25 Welcome from Rolf
    00:38 Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meercat
    01:29 Welcome to Shotwell – getting images into Shotwell
    02:30 Import from Folder
    03:40 Sidebar
    05:20 Tagging images
    07:30 Menus
    08:20 Publishing on the web
    08:45 Show in file manager – open file location
    09:25 Preferences
    10:20 Editing an image
    12:50 Rating an image
    14:25 Rating and filtering in the browser view
    15:50 Full screen mode
    17:05 Integration with Gimp
    19:30 Does Shotwell understand .xcf files?
    20:45 Summary
    23:01 The end

  6. Thanks for this review Rolf, very informative even when served as a raw live version. I hated using FSpot but at the same time I was refraining from using Shotwell so far waiting for it to make it to the post of the default photo manager in Ubuntu (or afraid of sorting through the 3 months worth of photos) but now I think I will try it out. Let’s hope the development goes in the right direction and that Ubuntu developers don’t have to switch yet again in the next release…

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