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.