digiKam 7 has been released introducing many new features and plenty of fixes. Even though development started a year ago there are two areas, in our opinion, which still need a fair bit of attention; they are the user interface and making it easy for the novice user to get started with the application.
That said digiKam is a free, advanced open-source digital photo management application that runs on Linux, Windows, and MacOS and which provides a comprehensive set of tools for importing, managing, editing, and sharing photos and raw files.
digiKam’s import capabilities allow for easy transfer of photos, raw files, and videos directly from your camera and external storage devices (SD cards, USB disks, etc.). The application allows you to configure import settings and rules that process and organise imported items on-the-fly.
digiKam organizes photos, raw files, and videos into albums. But the application also features powerful tagging tools that allow you to assign tags, ratings, and labels to photos and raw files. You can then use filtering functionality to quickly find items that match specific criteria.
In addition to filtering functionality, digiKam features powerful searching capabilities that let you search the photo library by a wide range of criteria. You can search photos by tags, labels, rating, data, location, and even specific EXIF, IPTC, or XMP metadata. You can also combine several criteria for more advanced searches. digiKam rely on Exiv2 library to handle metadata tag contents from files to populate the photo library.
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