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KPhotoAlbum 5.8.1 released11 Jul 2021

We're happy to annouce a new release of KPhotoAlbum, the KDE photo management software! It's version number is 5.8.1. The reason we skipped 5.8.0 is simply that i messed up the release, but the tag was already published – so I had to immediately tag another one ;-)

The new version includes (from the ChangeLog):

  • Enhancement: The "Copy to/Move to" action (triggered by pressing F7/F8) can now be run both from the browser and the viewer, using the same interface and caching the same last target directory
  • Change: Search field no longer gets focus by default (you can press '/' to focus)
  • Enhancement: Improve focus switching behavior when using Tab/Shift-Tab
  • Enhancement: Add freeform text search to thumbnail view (Implements #321502)
  • Enhancement: UI improvements for MapView
  • Enhancement: Performance improvement when many thumbnails are shown in the MapView
  • Enhancement: Allow relative local URLs in "Open list of files" dialog
  • Enhancement: Add option "--vacuum" to kpa-thumbnailtool
  • Bugfix: Fix searching for label (introduced in version 5.4.1)
  • Bugfix: Make splash screen text readable with dark themes
  • Bugfix: Fix crash in context menu of full-screen preview of annotation dialog
  • Change: Start maximized on first startup
  • Change: Click behavior for overview page now honors system-preference for double- or single-click

Thanks to everybody having contributed to this release. The authors were (according to git log and in alphabetical order):

  • Nicolás Alvarez
  • Tomas Barton
  • Wolfgang Bauer
  • Nicolas Fella
  • Robert Krawitz
  • Tobias Leupold
  • Pino Toscano
  • Johannes Zarl-Zierl

Have a lot of fun with the new version!

— Tobias

Welcome KGeoTag!27 Feb 2021

Just a quick shout-out to Tobias who just released version 1.0.0 of KGeoTag. As you can probably guess from the version number, KGeoTag is quite a young project - though it already has some nice features.

The main view in KGeoTag
KGeoTag: Main Window

What is KGeoTag?

You can use KGeoTag to assign image files to GPS locations. This can help you with remembering the exact location where a photo was taken, or with discovering images that were taken at the same place. Of course, this is most useful when used together with another program such as KPhotoAlbum, that can adequately display this information and lets you search by GPS coordinates ;-)

What can it do?

With KGeoTag, you can:

  • Match image coordinates to GPX track files based on time information
  • Drag and drop images to points on the map
  • Store bookmarks for frequently used places
  • Set the elevation (manually or by looking it up online)

The app shows assigned and unassigned images in different lists so that the current status is immediately obvious (showing all images in one list is also possible).

I find that it provides a nice workflow especially when there are “holes” in a GPX track where images can not be matched to a GPS datum with reasonable accuracy. In these cases I first load the images and the GPX track and let KGeoTag auto-assign most images. The remaining images can then be assigned manually and when I’m content with the outcome I save the coordinates into the image metadata.

If you are interested, check out the README.md file that comes with KGeoTag for more details.

— Johannes

KPhotoAlbum 5.7.0 out now09 Aug 2020

We’re pleased to announce a new release of KPhotoAlbum, the KDE photo management software! This time, it’s mostly a maintenance release with a lot of code cleanup and bug fixes. Nevertheless, there are also some changes and new features. In detail:

Enhancements/Features/Changes

  • Custom color schemes: Most notably, we added support for custom color schemes. KPhotoAlbum now also has a “Dark Mode”:
    Side-by-side comparison of light and dark themes
    Comparison: Light and Dark Theme

    Note: This feature replaces the custom background color for the thumbnail view.

  • Image search: We now offer experimental options for image search tuning.

  • Thumbnails: We added the new CLI utility kpa-thumbnailtool to manage KPA’s thumbnail cache. The cache now also contains the thumbnail size. Please notice that after the thumbnail cache was converted to the new format, older versions of KPhotoAlbum can no longer read it!

  • Privacy lock: The fake password-protection has been removed from privacy lock. Even with the warning message it might give somebody a false sense of security.

  • HTML export: HTML export themes missing a name are no longer displayed.

Bugfixes

In addition to other bugfixes, these have been addressed in the new release:

  • Make sure tag groups are always added to tag list as well (Fixes #423334).

  • Fixed handling of negation in searches (Fixes #334672).

  • Fix crash when dragging an image beyond the last thumbnail (Fixes #418251).

  • Fixed crash when ffmpeg can’t extract video thumbnails (Fixes #422555).

  • Removing a token no longer makes it disappear from the annotation dialog (Fixes #423978).

  • Sanitize input for the Tokens category, make Folder and Media Type categories read-only (Fixes #423979).
    We now have three types of list selects:

    Tag selection lists of the annotation dialog showing indicators for Selectable-only and Read-only categories.
    "Normal" editable category (left), category that can only be selected (middle), read-only category (right)

The complete list of changes and fixes is listed in the ChangeLog.

Distribution-specific changes

This may be of interest esp. for the distributors:

  • Marble/libkgeomap: We no longer use Digikam’s libkgeomap to display geographic information and map views. Instead, we now utilize Marble directly.

  • KIPI plugins: The support for KDE’s KIPI plugins has been removed in favor of the new Purpose infrastructure.

  • Python 2: KPhotoAlbum’s Python 2 API has been dropped, along with all associated Python 2 scripts.

  • Qt 5.15: KPA’s code has been widely reworked and modernized (esp. speaking of using C++11 features instead of their old Qt macro counterparts) and now compiles again warning-free with Qt 5.15.

Thanks to everybody involved

According to git, the following individuals did commits this time (in alphabetical order):

  • Yuri Chornoivan
  • Robert Krawitz
  • Tobias Leupold
  • Jesper K. Pedersen
  • Johannes Zarl-Zierl

Thanks a lot to everybody having put work in this release!

— Tobias

State of KPhotoAlbum22 Mar 2020

As promised on our mailing list back in April 2019, we are doing semi-regular updates on the state of KPhotoAlbum. To increase the visibility, from now on we also publish these reports on our project website.

So, what happened since the last update and how did we hold up?

Integrating KPhotoAlbum closer with the greater KDE community

So far, this goal is doing quite well. A visible indicator of this is the new website, which is not just good-looking, but visually in line with other KDE project websites.

On a personal note, I went to FOSDEM this year. Unfortunately, my time with other KDE people was very limited (to put it mildly), as I was occupied with FSFE topics. I did, however, say hello at the KDE booth, and was very touched by the warm welcome there. Bhushan immediately recognised me and handed me a KDE nametag, and I had a nice chat with Nicolas about some Purpose issue I was having.

KIPI Deprecation and Purpose Integration

KPhotoAlbum 5.6 was the first major version with support for the Purpose plugin framework, and the last major version to support the now unmaintained KIPI plugin interface.

The Purpose plugin framework is already supported by a number of applications, such as Spectacle and Gwenview. At this time, Purpose plugins are focused around sharing images with devices or web services.

At its prime, KIPI had quite an assortment of useful plugins. If there is a specific feature that you would like to implement as a Purpose plugin, contact us so that we can make it happen.

The Great Refactoring

As promised, this goal will stay with us for the years to come. Still, we would have liked to spend more time on refactoring KPhotoAlbum to reduce the technical debt of the codebase.

What’s New?

Geolocation Mapping

KPhotoAlbum 5.7 will see a complete rewrite of our map feature.

We have spent a good amount of work into replacing libkgeomap with Marble. By using Marble directly instead of depending on libkgeomap as a wrapper, we could both simplify the code for our map widget (one less layer of abstraction) and add new features to the map.

On the downside, as with every rewrite, there may be some new bugs that we haven’t found yet.

Tooling

Sometimes, a graphical user interface won’t cut it. For that reason, Robert has contributed the kpa-filter and kpa-merge scripts for working with database files on the commandline.

Robert is working on a replacement for kpa-merge, called kpa-util. The new script will allow users to add tags to existing categories, and to tag images without the need for a graphical user interface.

KDE Community Goals

The KDE community has decided on three goals to focus on for the next couple of years.

We already have some ideas on how to improve KPhotoAlbum regarding the Consistency goal. If you have further suggestions and ideas we would love to hear them!

— Johannes

Hotfix: KPhotoAlbum 5.6.112 Feb 2020

We just did a bugfix release for KPhotoAlbum 5.6. It fixes just one bug (#417360), but this one rendered the usage of tagged areas unusable: KPA crashed as soon as one tried to assign a tag to an area.

Big thanks to Johannes for fixing this in no time (and finding it before the distributors add version 5.6 ;-)

— Tobias

KPhotoAlbum 5.6 released08 Feb 2020

We're pleased to announce a new release of KPhotoAlbum, the KDE photo management software!

This release particularly brings huge performance improvements when tagging a large number of images and performance improvements for thumbnail view. Kudos to Robert Krawitz for again diving into the code and finding places for optimization and removal of redundancy!

Additionally, this release adds support for KDE's purpose plugin framework.

Other changes (from the ChangeLog):

  • Change: Don't build with remote interface by default. The companion app has not been available for Android for a while now. This feature will either be removed in the future, or the Android app will be re-published.
  • Bugfix: Make theme files translatable (Fixes #406144).
  • Bugfix: Prevent invalid tag id in index.xml when renaming tags under some circumstances. When invalid ids already are present in an index.xml file, automatically repair if possible, or alert the user that manual repair is needed. (Fixes #415415)
  • Bugfix: Deeply nested tag groups are now displayed correctly in the tag groups settings page.
  • Feature: Show newly added tagged areas in the annotation dialog's fullscreen preview.
  • Feature: Add filter to thumbnail view, allowing filtering by token or rating.
  • Feature: Make it possible to hide the search bar and the filter toolbar.

Thanks to everybody who put work in this release. The git log lists the following individuals:

  • Yuri Chornoivan
  • David Faure
  • Robert Krawitz
  • Tobias Leupold
  • Jesper K. Pedersen
  • Jonathan Riddell
  • Johannes Zarl-Zierl

— Tobias