Five Quick digiKam Tricks

Tip #1

To quickly adjust thumbnail size in the Album view, press and hold the Ctrl key, then use the mouse scroll wheel to make the thumbnails larger or smaller.

Tip #2

With the Non-Destructive editing and Versioning feature enabled, digiKam automatically hides originals and displays the latest modified versions of the photos. For example, if you process a NEF file and save it in the JPEG format, digiKam hides the original RAW file and shows only the JPEG photo. To disable this feature, choose Settings → Configure digiKam → Editing Images and make sure that the Always show original images option in the In main view section is enabled. To keep things tidy, you can then group the original and all its versions. To do this, select the photos you want to group, right-click on the selection, and choose Group → Group Selected Here.

Tip #3

If you receive the The trash has reached its maximum size! Cleanup the trash manually error message and emptying the Trash doesn’t help, then the following command may solve the problem:

rm ~/.local/share/Trash/metadata

Tip #4

Need to quickly locate all untagged photos? In digiKam, expand the Search left sidebar, and press the Advanced Search button. In the Advanced Search window, tick the Not Tagged check box and press OK to run the search.

Tip #5

Instead of the conventional thumbnail view, digiKam lets you map your photos on a globe. Choose View → Map, and you should see photos from the current album mapped on the 3-D globe.

You can then use the mouse to rotate the globe and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out. Obviously, the Map view displays only geotagged photos.

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4 comments on “Five Quick digiKam Tricks
  1. nn says:

    Thanks for tip #3, it’s really helpful for other programs using the kde trash as well. I’ll put that in my .profile as up to now it only cleans the Trash/files dir.

    One thing I noticed with the current 2.1.1 version is the mis-orientation of some images. Thumbnails are fine, but images are shown in landscape even for portrait orientation. Happens with both raw and raw-extracted jpegs, but not consistently enough with jpegs from other sources to call it a bug. I suspect it’s a wrong setting, but can’t think of with one it is. Anyone got an idea? This is certainly new behavior, in 2.0 everything was fine.

  2. nadavkav says:

    Great TIPs :-)

  3. Anders Lund says:

    Wrt tip #2, it would be all fine to hide the original, if only there was an obvious way to undhide it! How can I do that?

    The worst problem with the new way saving images works is that there is no shortcut set for saving changes. I have been hesitant so far setting one, because I am unsure how to get to

  4. jen says:

    i had tip3, and it solved my problem…… but why does it happen? it seems like a bug to me, as my wife and i stuffed around for days with the empty trash as root, each user, scratching heads etc….

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