KimDaBa has been renamed to KPhotoAlbum13 Jan 2006
Over the years I've learned that the casual user doesn't think he needs an image database (which was what KimDaBa meant). So hopefully a rename to KPhotoAlbum will help the user see the need for the application. Funny enough, KPhotoAlbum was my very very very first name for the application way before it went public.
Over the Christmas holidays I got utterly annoyed by the thumbnail viewer - well it has been a pain in the back for a long time, because it had bugs I was unable to solve despite days of investigation, and because it did not allow me to configure the look and feel very well. Therefore I rewrote it from scratch.
The result is a much better looking thumbnail viewer, and as an added bonus, scrolling is now much faster than with the old one. In addition I stole an idea from Bibble wrt to resizing the thumbnails - now simple press the middle mouse button, and move it to resize the thumbnails.
Initially I planned to throw away support for reordering images, but public demand made me change my mind. However, KPhotoAlbum will now ask for permission before doing the actual reordering, which hopefully will avoid that people get their images reordered by accident.
Finally, as an added bonus, it was now very simple to implement a request I've heard a few times, namely the possibility to specify if thumbnails show be shown with the newest one first or last. So I implemented that request ;-)
I created a new snapshot which you may find from the side bar, choose Download->snapshots.
Snapshot package available27 Dec 2005
With the EXIF support in KPhotoAlbum, it is time to start the series of snapshots, you find the newest from the side bar, choose Download->snapshots.
Thanks to Marco Molteni for helping me get my scripts ready for producing snapshots
Searching for EXIF information12 Dec 2005
OK, I did actually managed to pull this off - It is now possible to search for EXIF.
It's getting late so I'd better soon go to bed. I've been working non stop all weekend on getting KPhotoAlbum to show EXIF information. You can now do that in two different places. Either using the dialog you can see to the right, or in the viewer. From the Settings menu it is possible to specify which exif keywords to use for each of the locations.
Next I'd like to give it a shot of storring all the EXIF keywords for all images in a database (not in the index.xml file as it would explode from that, but rather some SQL database). With the information in a database, I'd like to develop a dialog where you may search for images based on exif information, something like saying "Shutter Speed should be fater than 1/125". Don't get your hopes too high yet, this is all dreaming on my part, afterall I have burnt my fingers once on databases and KPhotoAlbum. But I will give it a shot.
I've been staying with a customer for month now and lives/work in a cubicle landscape - rather different from working from home which I'm used to.
After approx one and a half month I got to talk about digital images with one of my inmates, and I told him about KPhotoAlbum. First, that is rather extraordinary that I manage to work almost two month with a guy without having told him anything about KPhotoAlbum :-) What is much more extraordinary is that he previously worked with Bibble Labs, and is close friends with the owner. Bibble is an image processing application that works on Linux. WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
Well a new camera has been on my wishlist for a long time, but this opportunity was just too great, so I bought myself a new camera, and will try to see how KPhotoAlbum can work together with Bibble.
The camera is a Canon Rebel XT and comes with a EFS 18-55 lense. With it I bought a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II camera lense, and a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III telephoto zoom lens.
So finally, everyone of you who have hoped for KPhotoAlbum to be better with RAW files, stay tuned, now I've got a camera spitting them out, so it won't take long before KPhotoAlbum does something with them.