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This chapter discussed the image-handling and manipulating packages installed in Ubuntu by default. You won't find the Eye of GNOME Image Viewer in the menus. Instead, it is opened automatically by the Nautilus file manager when you double-click on an image file. Image Viewer allows you to perform basic image viewing features with an image.

The GIMP Image Editor is a full-featured tool for acquiring and editing images. GIMP performs many of the complex image-editing functions available in commercial image-editing packages. GIMP also provides advanced image effects created by other artists, so you're not limited by your own abilities.

The F-Spot Photo Manager is the default photo-handling application in Ubuntu, but it can also be used for handling other types of images as well. F-Spot uses a database system to manage photo libraries and assist you in finding photos. You can assign tags to individual and groups of photos, then easily retrieve them based on their assigned tag. F-Spot also provides basic image-editing features such as removing redeye, enhancing color, and cropping.

The next chapter dives into the world of Ubuntu audio support. Unfortunately, audio support in Linux is not a pretty sight, and it has many pitfalls. The next chapter tries to dig through the mess and present the information you need for working with audio files. It also explains how to work around the Ubuntu limitations on restricted audio file types.


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