Two Nifty Features in digiKam 1.1.0

Hot on the heels of digiKam 1.0, Gilles Caulier announced the 1.1.0 release of the popular open source photo management application. While the main focus in version 1.1.0 was on squashing bugs, the new release of digiKam does sport a couple of new nifty features and improvements.

The first one among my favorites is the new way digiKam displays photos before and after a certain action is applied. Previously, digiKam split the photo into the Before and After parts. The new version offers a slightly different approach. A full-size result of the specific action is shown in the preview pane, and when you hover the mouse over it, digiKam displays the original photo. This is not a huge change, but it provides a better way to preview results as you can see the entire image rather than only half of it. Update: The mouse-over preview feature was already available for certain operations. In the new version this feature has been added to other actions like Sharpening.

digiKam 1.1.0 also sports a brand new vignetting feature. Usually, vignetting is something you want to avoid, but it can also be used as an artistic effect to lead the eye toward the main subject in the photo. The only way to add vignetting in the previous versions of digiKam was to use a dedicated image editing application like the GIMP. In the new version, it’s a matter of choosing Enhance -> Lens -> Vignetting Correction and ticking the Add vignetting check box. You can then use the available options to tweak the vignetting effect.

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6 comments on “Two Nifty Features in digiKam 1.1.0
  1. KenP says:

    The first feature exists in older versions too. It is usually the last icon to the right when you open any ‘action’ dialog.

  2. Anonymous Showered says:

    Have to agree with KenP. I’ve been using the mouse-hover preview for what seems like years. Have you extended it to other areas? It didn’t work for some of the more CPU-intensive operations (like sharpening) previously.

  3. rm42 says:

    Has a cloning tool been implemented yet?

    • Anonymous Showered says:

      Clone, dodge and burn are three things I still do in GIMP. DigiKam’s cropping, colour adjustments, sharpening, etc. have become very usable over the past few releases, so I use its editor a lot more. The only gripe I have is that non-destructive editing is a little slower in DigiKam than in something like Picasa, because of the need to use “Save As…” after any changes.

  4. […] Two Nifty Features in digiKam 1.1.0 Hot on the heels of digiKam 1.0, Gilles Caulier announced the 1.1.0 release of the popular open source photo management application. While the main focus in version 1.1.0 was on squashing bugs, the new release of digiKam does sport a couple of new nifty features and improvements. […]

  5. Fri13 says:

    “The mouse-over preview feature was already available for certain operations. In the new version this feature has been added to other actions like Sharpening.”

    As you corrected, it was added to some new tools but most important is that it is now the default function when the dual-view was the old default.

    The vignetting needs fixing. Now it is vice-versa effect. The vignetting tool should edit the borders of the photo and not the middle. When removing the vignetting, it should brighten the corners and not darker the middle. And when adding vignetting, it should not darker the corners and brighten the middle but just darken the corners.

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