digiKam 6.0.0 beta 3 is released


(system) #1

Sun Dec 30, 2018

digiKam 6.0.0 beta 3 is released

by digiKam Team

Dear digiKam fans and users, following the first beta release published in October, we are proud to announce the third and last beta of digiKam 6.0.0, before the final release planed in February 2019.

Last main components updated

With the new upcoming 6.0.0 final release, we updated the code and all bundles with last stable versions of Exiv2 0.27 and Libraw 0.19 shared libraries.

The first one is a main component of digiKam used to interact with file metadata, like populating database contents, updating item textual information, or handling XMP side-car for read only files.

The second one is dedicated to process in totality more than 1000 RAW formats, everywhere in digiKam, as Image Editor, Light Table, Batch Queue Manager and Export tools. You can find the complete list of supported RAW files in the Help/Supported Raw Camera dialog.

Thanks to Exiv2 and Libraw teams to share and maintain these important low level libraries.

The Last Main Improvements Before The Final Release

Even if we have been working to consolidate all the implementations, we found time to add new small improvements with this 6.0.0 beta3 release:

  • Under settings collections from Configuration dialog, a refresh button have been added to update an existing collection registered in database to a new drive or a new mount path when using a backup disk or a removable device.

  • In Album icon-view, a new function have been added to group images together when they were part of the same timelapse or burst. This will be especially usefull when timelapse photos are mixed with single-shots, or when importing from a sports camera like Gopro.

  • In Batch Queue Manager resize tool, it’s now possible to apply new image dimmensions using percents relative to original sizes.

More than 600 Bugs Closed for the upcoming final release

With this release, 40 new files have been closed since 6.0.0 beta2. The total files closed for next 6.0.0 final release is more than The reports already closed 600 files now, and we are now close to the final 6.0.0 release planed in Febrary 2019.

The next stage while January will be to stabilize all implementations. No new features are planed and the application will be ready for a major update by translator teams about internationalization.

The Final Words: How to Test This Beta Version

As we already said at 6.0.0 beta1 and beta2 announcements, due to many changes in database schema, do not use this beta3 in production yet and backup your database files before testing it. It’s recommended to try this beta3 with a small collection of items first, and to add new photo and video step by step.

Thanks to all users for your supports and help during the beta stage, through the bug reports and mailing list feedbacks. Thanks also to users who support this project by donations at each releases. This is very appreciated.

digiKam 6.0.0 beta3 source code tarball, Linux 32/64 bits AppImage bundles, MacOS package, and Windows 32/64 bits installers can be downloaded from this repository.

Happy new year 2019 and digiKam testing…


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.digikam.org/news/2018-12-30-6.0.0-beta3_release_announcement/

(Ritesh Raj Sarraf) #2

Oh! THis was so long awaited. Very glad to see the release happen. Digikam Rocks!


(Pat David) #3

Congratulations digiKam team! :confetti_ball:


#4

I got an error message about updating my database. It opened the first time, then would open subsequent times. Sorry, I forgot the exact language. I ended up rolling back to 5.9
Winows 10


#5

Thank you for the release!
Is digiKam-6.0.0-beta3-20181228T155604 the official beta3 release? Also, it takes me long time to download it. The speed varies between 50 and 200 KB/sec. Is that just me or that is the limitation of the KDE server?


(Alan) #6

I thought I read 6.0 was supposed to have improved Face detection (speed in scanning and finding faces) etc… One of the reasons I have held on to Picasa for Windows desktop was face detection. Has that improved?

Anyone know if Digicam 6.0 read Picasa’s experimental Face Detection export to XMP?


#7

I tried face detection in digikam 6.0.0 beta3 a couple of days ago and did not notice any improvements.

If you configured Picasa to write the face info into metadata digikam will read it. I did however have problems with portrait oriented pictures years ago when migrated from Picasa / WLPG. The locations of the regions were wrong. At that time there was no solution so I fixed face regions manually.

Also if scanning for faces in digikam please make sure to skip images already scanned (there is a checkbox for that) otherwise you will end up with many images with double face regions on them.


(Gerome Meyer) #8

I recognzed the same issue…!

Maybe its cool to have an Filter or searchmode for pictures with double face tags (same name/similar name) in the final version or the next beta?!

Greetings from Japan!

Gerome


#9

Not sure. I tried using exiftool to detect these but it did not really work… I just gave up and re-did them manually.
You can’t constantly ask digikam develops to add new features though. Digikam is almost Frankenstein already. I believe such additions to the functionality should be done via plugins written by contributors.


#10

There are certainlysome limitation in KDE file mirrors. We don’t have any control on this.