As published by @Pascal_Obry on the mailing list, we are pleased to inform you that darktable 3.2 will be released during this summer, targeting 10th August as the release date (this might be subject to change).
The main reason is we are already more than 1800 commits ahead of 3.0 – COVID-19 confinement had an unexpected effect on opensource contributions – and the master branch is not in a state where we can simply push changes to 3.0.x releases anymore, so we are unable to backport most bugfixes as minor releases.
Among the big changes:
- a full rewrite of the pipeline reordering, that will fix all the history inconsistencies and allow pipeline order presets (so you can create custom presets, or revert to 2.6 and 3.0 default pipe order),
- a full rewrite of the lighttable as native GTK widgets, much faster and better polished, along with many CSS theming and icons improvements,
- many fixes in 3D LUT, cropping, liquify modules,
- negadoctor : a new film inversion module for digitalized negatives, that also simulates printing based on Kodak Cineon,
- possibly filmic v4, with improved color science and highlights blending/reconstruction,
- many more I simply didn’t follow because these guys have commited like animals,
- integration and unit tests built-in, to track inconsistencies between C and OpenCL code and ensure compatibility on image processing changes (regular users won’t see them and won’t notice the difference, but it is a big milestone in software quality management).
darktable 3.4 is still planned for next Christmas as usual.
Many thanks to all the 61 (!) involved devs and all the testers who have achieved all that in 5 months !