Hall of Fame

People we owe special thanks to…

Jesper K. Pederson aka blackie

Located: Hjorring, Denmark
Homepage: http://www.blackie.dk
Area of responsability: Founder and main developer
Since: December 2002
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Jesper was the main author and initiator of KPhotoAlbum. He started working on KPhotoAlbum when he got his first digital camera, as there simply was no other applications out there that could help him sort through all his images. When he is not working on KPhotoAlbum, he is enjoying life with his lovely wife Anne Helene, his two dogs Gunvald Larsson and Lena Kligstrom. Jesper is also spending a huge amount of time on his business classes which he has been taking in the evening for the last three years - one more year to go!

Miika Turkia aka theBro

Located: Helsinki, Finland
Area of responsability: HTMLGallery
Since: At least since early 2007
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Apart from computer related activities Miika enjoys traveling and photography. His ultimate holiday trip includes beautiful landscapes, wild and sea life, hiking and diving. Naturally a camera is lugged around to the depths or heights. Relaxation means also taking it easy, reading a good book or watching chili plants growing pods. The long wait is crowned by getting a taste of new varieties of chillies or delicious food flavored with a bit too much of home grown chili.

Jan Kundrát aka jkt

Located: Prague, Czech republic
Area of responsability: Bug fixes, IPTC, geo-tagging
Since: February 2007

After getting his first digital camera, the Panasonic LX-2, he quickly realized that he already has a collection of images but is having troubles managing them. Being a KDE user, he came to conclusion that KPhotoAlbum was the best available tool to date. However, it had troubles with searching for photographs with Unicode characters in file name. After a three hour session in the middle of one night, a three-line patch was born. Shortly after that, he went on and fixed several issues with KPhotoAlbum which made him work a bit faster, and was offered an SVN access by Jesper. Since that, he introduced (and then removed for the 4.x branch) the IPTC support, something which can file the database fields like caption from EXIF and/or IPTC information present in images. He continues to hack on KPA in his free time, which has historically became a scarcer and scarcer commodity, mainly due to his job, demanding friends and another pet project of him, an IMAP e-mail cient called Trojitá. Jan just got his bachelor’s degree in programming at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague. He plans to continue his studies at the same faculty to get the master’s degree in software engineering and reliable computer systems. When Jan is not in front of a computer, be it at work, school or just at home, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, going to pubs debating the obvious qualities of Czech beer, hiking in the mountains, skiing and riding a canoe. He used to play piano, but these times are gone for long. When he finds some time to hack on KPA, he will focus on getting the IPTC support back in the KDE4 branch as a Kross or Qt Script plugin. When it is ready, he will focus on working with geographical information embedded in the photos.

Risto H. Kurppa aka rhkfin

Located: Helsinki, Finland
Area of responsability: Encourage the real developers and help new users
Since: January 2006

Risto spends most of his time studying physics in the university and working in the electronics research lab there. Other activities include riding bike, playing piano and some OpenStreetMap mapping My roadmap is to make sure the development of KPhotoAlbum doesn’t stop ie. make sure the developers don’t get too lazy and make sure all new users and developers feel welcomed in the KPhotoAlbum lists and irc channel. I started contributing in January, 2006, by reporting that KPA crashes when scanning for images (the reason was a broken JPG file)

Wes Hardaker

Located: Davis, California
Homepage: http://www.hardakers.net
Area of responsability: Patches, bug fixes
Since: January 2006

I haven’t submitted any large portion of code, but I try to post patches whenever I fixed a bug or implement a new feature. I don’t have much free time as there is a lot of family stuff. You can also check this web for my favourite images.

Tuomas Suutari

Located: Laitila, Finland
Area of responsability: SQL backend
Since: May 2006
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Tuomas’s first touch to code of KPhotoAlbum was in summer of 2006 when he started working on the SQL backend as a Google Summer of Code project. Unfortunately the time ran out and the backend was not finished. After the GSoC project Tuomas has spent his time mostly with his mathematics studies (at University of Turku) and of course playing house with his beloved wife Anne. Currently the studies are on hold, because Tuomas found a real job as a software developer.

Henner Zeller

Located: Sunnyvale, California
Area of responsability: Bugfixes, improvements in thumbnail display
Since: November 2006
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I think it was somewhere in 2003 when my ‘organizing’ of photos in directories got out of hand and a colleague of mine pointed me to kimdaba (now kphotoalbum) which I instantly loved. Back then I had the one or other idea to contribute, but was swamped with work. As far as I remember, I started sending small patches in November 2006 (or at least I was starting coding on my machine), but was then distracted a bit by work and girlfriend so that I was only working on small patches every now and then. I actually came back making more considerable contributions before/in and after the kphotoalbum developer sprint in 2008. I posted bugfixes, improvements in thumbnail display speed and together with Jan the image stacking during the developer sprint. Right now, I am not working on anything, but at some point I want to add search-as-you-type (with instantly updating matching thumbnails). Performance improvements. Nicer thumbnail view and simple operational image manipulation concepts (like non-destructive cropping or the image parameters (such as white balance) to display raw-images). Henner is generally a software writing addict, but sometimes is on the internet drug as well. He is living in the California Bay Area. He used to work for a small, highly effective software company in Hamburg, Germany (http://freiheit.com ), then moved to Zurich, Switzerland to work for Google that he now continues to do so in Mountain View, California.

Thomas Pircher

Located: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Homepage: http://www.tty1.net/
Area of responsability: Patches, bug fixes
Since: June 2009
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Martin Jaburek

Located: Prague, Czech republic
Area of responsability:
Since: October 2007
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I have joined this project recently. I’m no coding whiz, so instead I help out with some updates to web pages.