10 thoughts on “New Darktable Screencasts and a Release

  1. Hi Pascal,

    I’ve been watching your DarkTable Screencasts. That you very much, they are extremely helpful. I’ve tried using DarkTable and I like it a lot. I would love to change my photography workflow to include DarkTable, but it is very slow applying filters on my computer. I noticed that your computer applies the filters quite quickly, and I’m thinking of upgrading my computer so I can use DarkTable. What kind of computer are you running it on?

    I was thinking of getting a Dual Core AMD or Pentium, with at least 2Ghz processing speed, and 4GB of DDR2 Ram. Do you think that would be powerfull enough to run DarkTable smoothly. The computer will be used for photo editing only (no video).

    Thank you!

  2. Heh, well,

    I record all my video’s on my low-end laptop, which is a Dual Celeron 1.6ghz (2MB cache) with 2GB of RAM, running Ubuntu Maverick AMD64.

    Though speed also depends a bit on your screen’s resolution, my laptop only has to manage 1280×800.

    My Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0ghz (4MB cache) (on Maverick AMD64 too), does 1920×1200 even a tad faster than my laptop.

    Pascal de Bruijn

  3. Thanks Pascal!

    I currently have a Dell 1501 with AMD Sempron 3500+ 1.8GHz, 512Kb cache, and 2GB DDR2 RAM. I also have an ATI Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory (Integrated graphics). My guess is that it’s the cache size and video card slowing things down. It usually takes approx 7 seconds to apply each filter in DarkTable.

    I just bought a new IPS Monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution that I connect to the laptop, so I obviously need a more powerful computer.

    Thanks again!

  4. The video card currently has little influence on Darktable’s speed… I have Intel graphics on all my systems…

    Having a fast dual core CPU with lots of cache is important for speed in darkroom mode…

  5. > Just wait for 0.8 (or get darktable from git) – that will be really fast compared to this.
    You still need patience if you have many photos. But it’s getting better.
    Most importantly, these annoying .dt* files are gone. They were really messing things up. And it now exports png in 16bit (although not by default), which is nice.
    What I’m still missing is native tag integration and exporting directly from darkroom mode.

  6. I’m looking forward to the next version of DarkTable!

    I was just wondering if anybody could help me out with this. I was debating getting a better computer for my photo editing.

    Option #1 – approx. $820.00 including taxes and shipping:

    Dell Studio XPS 7100 Desktop
    AMD Phenom II X6 1045T, 2.7GHz/9MB cache, 4GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz

    Option #2 – approx. $450.00 including taxes and shipping:

    Since I’m on a bit of a budget, I was considering building my own computer. I’ve replaced harddrives, video cards, and RAM before, so I don’t think this will be too difficult. Here is what I was thinking of getting. Do you think these will work well together?

    APEVIA X-PLORER2 Series X-PLOR2-NW-BK/450 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply

    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard, integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200
    (I wanted this because it comes with a DVI port. I thought it would be better for my IPS monitor.)

    Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition CPU
    3.2GHz, L2 Cache 4 x 512KB, L3 Cache 6MB

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Thank you!!

  7. Well, I couldn’t wait any longer. I decided to go the cheap route, with a couple changes. I went with the following:

    1) Apevia ATX Mid Tower
    2) Asus M4A785-M AM3 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    3) AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto, 3.2 GHz, 7MB cache
    4) G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel SDRAM
    5) Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB SATA 3.0 GB/s Hard Drive

    With tax and shipping it was only $390!! I can’t wait to get it and see how it works with DarkTable. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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