[Shotwell] Wishlist: Database updates, lighttable, easier deletion, aspect ratio
adam at yorba.org
Mon Apr 5 08:03:00 PDT 2010
here's a quick response to some ideas you sent to the Shotwell mailing
list some time ago.
> * When I delete an image in the filemanager or the terminal, it is still
> existing in shotwells database. Add a single-button refresh database
> function to get rid of these phantoms.
We could do that, but I think we'd rather make Shotwell smart enough to
notice when images have been deleted and react automatically - this is
http://trac.yorba.org/ticket/374 , more or less.
> * Add some kind of lighttable-area (maybe in the left panel?), to which
> images may easily be drag-and-dropped. A lighttabe could open like an
> event and could be used for ordering prints for example. Maybe it could
> make sense to save a collection in the database for later use?
Tags (new in Shotwell 0.5) are sort of like this: once you've created a
tag, you can drag as many images onto it as you like, and you can open a
tag just like an event.
> * deleting images is not simple in shotwell, because shotwell asks how
> to handle imagefiles every time. eog for example gives an option to keep
> the way it deletes for the session. Browsing and deleting images using
> the keyboard is not easy fun because ALT-L is way more complicated than
> single button removal.
Right. We're considering implementing a trash can in Shotwell; once we
have this, you'll be able to delete images simply by pressing Delete,
which will move them to the trash without confirmation. This is
> * add a single way to change the aspect ration - many digital cameras
> take pictures in a ratio 4/3 instead of traditional 3/2. An automatic
> funktion to switch the ratio whith the possibility to adjust the image
> would be great! (something like a frame of the full width of an photo
> that could be moved to the top or the bottom)
Shotwell's crop tool allows you to choose an aspect ration for
cropping. It sounds like you'd like to be able to crop a set of photos
to a given aspect ratio in one batch operation. That's a reasonable
idea; feel free to create a ticket for this in our bug database at
Thanks for the suggestions!
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