Photo Management Tools FSpot and digiKam

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The F-Spot photo manager ( provides a simple and powerful way to manage, display, and import your photos and images (see Figure 14-1). Photos can be organized by different categories such as events, people, and places. You can perform standard display operations such as rotation or full-screen viewing, along with slide shows. Image editing support is provided. Selected photos can be directly burned to a CD (using Nautilus burning capabilities).

Features include a simple and easy-to-use interface. A timeline feature lets you see photos as they were taken. You can also display photos in full-screen mode or as slide shows. F-Spot includes a photo editor that provides basic adjustments and changes such as rotation, red-eye correction, and standard color settings including temperature and saturation. You can tag photos and place them in groups, making them easier to access. With a tag, you can label a collection of photos, then use the tag to access them instantly. The tag itself can be a user-selected icon including one that the user can create with the Tag icon editor. F-Spot provides several ways to upload photos to a Web site. It provides direct access to a Flickr account ( or to Gallery-supported sites (http://gallery Photos can also be saved to a folder for later uploading to a Web site, either as plain files or as static HTML files.

DigiKam ( is a KDE photo manager with many of the same features. A side panel allows easy access by album, date, tags, or previous searches. The program

Figure 14-1 F-Spot photo management

also provides image-editing capabilities, with numerous effects. The digiKam configuration (Settings menu) provides extensive options, including image editing, digital camera support, and interface configuration.

Cheese ( is a Web cam picture-taking and video-recording tool for GNOME (see Figure 14-2). You can snap pictures from your Web cam and apply simple effects, manage photos, and record video. The effects panel shows effects that can be turned on or off for the current image. You can also export a selected photo or video to F-Spot, as well as e-mail it as an attachment.

Tlp The Windows version of Photoshop is now supported by Wine. You can install Photoshop CS on Ubuntu using Wine and then access it through the Wine Windows support tool. Once started, Photoshop will operate similar to any Linux desktop application.

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