New Features in digiKam 2.0: Color Labels and Picks

Besides numerous improvements, digiKam 2.0 brings a handful of new features, including Color Labels and Picks. As the name suggests, the Color Labels feature allows you to assign color codes to your photos.

To add a color label to an individual photo, right-click on it, choose Assign Labels » Color, and pick the color you want. Each color label has its own shortcut, so you can quickly label photos using the keyboard. For example, to assign the Magenta label, press Ctrl+Alt+6. To quickly remove a color label from a photo, press Ctrl+Alt+0. The Picks feature works in a similar manner: you can assign one of three picks — Pending, Accepted, or Rejected — to any photo in digiKam via the Assign Labels » Pick context menu, or using the default shortcuts.

How exactly you choose to use both features depends on your specific photographic workflow. If you submit your photos to agencies or a stock site, the Picks feature can help you to keep tabs on the status of each submitted photo. Color Labels can come in handy in several situations. For example, you can use color codes to triage incoming photos, color marking photos by their relevance. You can also use color labels to specify the privacy level for each photo, with the read labels assigned to private shots, yellow for snaps that can be shared with family and friends, and green for public photos. In short, with a little imagination you can turn Color Labels and Picks into a powerful and flexible tool for keeping tabs on your photos.

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3 comments on “New Features in digiKam 2.0: Color Labels and Picks
  1. Mathias says:

    Nice features – but one question: (how) are those color labels and picks written into XMP resp. IPTC data? Are there reserved fields? Thank you!

  2. lnxwalt says:

    I wish the devs would restore some of the former functionality.

    I used to have it rename photos (in YYYYMMDDTHHMMSS-MFR-MDL-####.jpg form) and drop it into the correct spot in a date-stamped folder hierarchy as part of uploading photos from a camera. It made it *really* easy to organize, and the file manager saw the same hierarchy. (MFR = camera’s maker, MDL= camera’s model)

    This made it great for sending a file, because the file was exactly where you saw it.

    Currently, digiKam cannot do this anymore.

    • Mathias says:

      … and this is very good, Inxwalt. 🙂 Sorry, I am completely away from your opinion. A software should never break my manual set folder structure. That’s why I have never looked much deeper into f-spot e.g. It would be ok to have your feature as a command in digiKam – but definitely not as standard behaviour or as option that can be enabled constantly (and therefore the user is not able to start digiKam in order to switch that off without having all his folders swirled)…

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