Re: Image management tools
Posted Feb 15, 2005 15:51 UTC (Tue) by mrshiny
In reply to: Re: Image management tools
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor plugs in his camera
The thing is, photo management is a special kind of file management. It IS a hybrid of file management and photo editing. I spent a few hours yesterday sorting, rotating, cropping, resizing, and renaming photos, and I've come to the conclusion that a special tool is needed. Gimp is too generic; konqueror by itself is not enough. Some kind of in- between is needed.
I'd like to see a good add-on to Gimp that lets you open a bunch of files from the camera (or disk), rename the files according to some template (my photos are named 'YYYYMMDD-HHmm description.jpg'), rotate, crop, resize, adjust brightness/contrast/colors, save the "finished" image to one directory and the original to a backup directory (I keep all originals: these are like 'negatives': you don't crop the negative, you crop the photo). This process could be greatly automated but it's not generic functionality that belongs in EITHER Gimp nor Konqueror (or whatever file manager you use). So, yes, a special photo management app seems like a good idea. Ideally, it would re-use code from other apps, but it would still be a separate app.
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