Hot on the heels of the 3.17.01 release comes a new version of the digiKam Recipes ebook. As the version number indicates, this is a major release that features several significant improvements.
Since the very beginning, I’ve been using a text editor and Calibre for publishing digiKam Recipes. But the time has come to move to a more powerful and efficient platform for working with ebooks. Now the entire book project is managed and published using the GitBook editor and GitBook.io service. This not only makes it easier to edit the content, but also generates a nicely-formatted ebook in a variety of formats. While EPUB still remains the preferred format for reading digiKam Recipes, the GitBook.io service gives you the option to read the book online as well as download it in the MOBI and PDF formats.
When you open the EPUB version of digiKam Recipes, you’ll immediately notice the improved layout featuring more readable screenshots. Besides that, the book’s content has been revised, all screenshots have been updated, and I’ve added some new material, including Basic RAW Processing in digiKam and Sort Photos with Image Quality Sorter recipes. The entire content has been reorganized to make the book’s overall structure more logical.
Readers who already purchased the book will receive the new version free of charge. If you haven’t received your copy, please send your order confirmation as proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll email you the latest version of the book.
Learn more about digiKam Recipes, and buy it via PayPal, Amazon Kindle Store, Gumroad, and GitBook.io.
Although I’ve been busy scribbling articles, I did manage to add a couple of new features to Mejiro. Firstly, it’s now possible to rebuild thumbnails. To do this, append the ?r parameter to the URL as follows:
This empties the photos/thumbs directory inside the Mejiro installation and prompts you to reload the main page to regenerate thumbnails. This feature can come in useful if some thumbnails get corrupted.
Mejiro now includes an upload form that makes it possible to upload photos and accompanying description files directly from the main page. To show the form, use the ?u parameter (e.g., http://127.0.0.1/mejiro/?u).
The good news is that you don’t have to remember all the parameters. The Help link in the footer shows a box listing all the available parameters and their brief descriptions.
Inclusion of the <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width” /> tag now makes Mejiro slightly more mobile-friendly, and the app uses Fira Sans as its default font. As an exercise, I also cobbled together a simple Chrome (and Chromium) extension for use with Mejiro. The extension adds a button which opens Mejiro in a new tab. By default, the extension points to a Mejiro demo, but you can easily edit the URL. The extension is not available on Google Web Store, so you have to install it manually from its GitHub repository.
As always, you can find the latest version of Mejiro at the project’s GitHub page.
Although I mostly wield a film SLR camera loaded with a black and white film nowadays, it’s nice to grab a digital camera and photograph colorful stuff for a change. And despite the fact that most plants in the outdoor area of our local botanical garden had bloomed a long time ago, there are still clusters of flowers that make good subjects. Case in point, rudbeckia flowers. So far, we’ve had an unusually hot and sunny summer this year, but rudbeckias survive the heat by hiding in a shadowy patch in the botanical garden.
While walking in the garden, the missus spotted a huge almost neon blue flower which she thought was a thistle. It turned out to be a garden-variety (pun intended) artichoke. Who would have thought that a humble artichoke has such an impressive flower? Not me, obviously.
We’ve been enjoying the warm and sunny days to the fullest but, to be honest, we could now use a rainy day or two. Thanks for stopping by!