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A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
git doesn't force you to use a specific tool to manipulate the working copy of the files stored in it.
if shotwell organized the images and left them alone in the filesystem for you to use whatever tool to tweak them, you would not see people raising this objection.
Response from Shotwell team founder
Posted Jun 18, 2010 13:21 UTC (Fri) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
It follows from what you say that an equivalent model with Shotwell would be if the photos on disk were with modifications applied, with Shotwell keeping data somewhere on how to undo changes (or conversely how to change the original to the current version on disk). ?
Posted Jun 18, 2010 14:51 UTC (Fri) by adamdingle (guest, #67751)
Posted Jun 18, 2010 18:52 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
but the unmodified original should always be available (or recoverable, with with lossy compression algorithms means a copy), and the currently 'final' result should be accessable without a need to run some export process.
Posted Jun 19, 2010 2:42 UTC (Sat) by spitzak (guest, #4593)
I would very much like to see a photo manager that just leaves the files where they were. You would give it a list of directories and it will act like the set of photos is every photo found in those directorys and any subdirectories. If a file is in a given directory it acts like it has a tag that is the directory name, as well as any tags that are in the EXIF data. Attempting to remove these "directory tags" would, I guess, move the files, perhaps with a warning. Or add a "not actually tagged with this" tag.
For Linux apps this almost is necessary, just so you can cooperate with some of those proprietary apps that insist on moving the files. For instance I would like to use it to at least look at an rsync copy of a iPhoto directory. If we are careful we should be able to at least change the tags and perhaps edit files and those apps will still handle it.
There may be an "import" but it would be for reading off of cameras and SD cards and other removable media, where you have a good reason to want a copy. The user should be able to choose what directory it goes into, and there should be programmable scripts (with some pre-supplied ones) to use dates and other EXIF data to place the files into subdirectories.
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