[Shotwell] Shotwell 0.7 plan
Peter DO Smith
pdo.smith at gmail.com
Mon Jul 19 08:21:58 PDT 2010
I have just tried out the trunk version and I am very encouraged.
1) Hidden files. Good idea. There are many reasons for having hidden files.
I might wish to show a photo shoot to my client but find it expedient not to
show some of the photos.
2) Rejected files. Another good idea. I like to mark my bad photos and then
review them some time later, say a month, before deleting. This gives me a
cooling off period, which can be valuable.
3) Star ratings. 5 stars is more than I need but others will like it. I tend
to work with three stars and just ignore the rest.
4) Indicators on thumbnails. Good idea except that you have used a red cross
for both hidden and rejected photos. It would be a good idea to use another
icon for hidden photos.
On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 4:50 PM, Adam Dingle <adam at yorba.org> wrote:
> On 07/19/2010 01:50 AM, Tor Løvskogen Bollingmo wrote:
> >> * Monitoring the library directory (i.e. the import directory the
> >> user chooses in the Preferences dialog) for added and removed files,
> >> which will be automatically added to or removed from the Shotwell
> >> library. The user will have a preference to enable or disable
> >> monitoring. Shotwell 0.7 will monitor only this single directory. In
> >> future releases we hope to be able to monitor multiple directories.
> >> [http://trac.yorba.org/ticket/374]
> > Will this spawn a Preference Dialog for Shotwell? Not having a Preference
> Dialog is great, less options, less complexity. Great.
> As you may be aware Shotwell 0.6 already includes a preferences dialog,
> so that will not be new in 0.7.
> >> * Rating photos. The user will be able to assign any of the
> >> following ratings to each photo: unrated (the default), 1-5 stars, or
> >> Rejected (the lowest rating). You will be able to sort and/or filter by
> >> rating. By default, Shotwell will display all photos except rejected
> >> photos. In the browser view, we'll have a dropdown menu on the toolbar
> >> that will allow you to select a different filter, e.g. only 3 stars and
> >> higher. This will replace Shotwell's existing hidden/favorites
> >> mechanism. When you upgrade from 0.6 to 0.7, all previously hidden
> >> photos will become Rejected and all previously favorite photos will be
> >> assigned a rating of 5 stars. [http://trac.yorba.org/ticket/2233
> > Why have the hidden / rejected files in the library in the first place?
> Could the not just be removed? The 1-5 star rating is good for filtering,
> but having a "hide image" or "rejected images" inside the library sounds
> very strange.
> I don't think this is strange, since this is a common feature in other
> photo organizers:
> - Both Picasa and iPhoto allow the user to mark a photo as hidden (like
> in Shotwell 0.6).
> - F-Spot lets the user assign the Hidden tag to a photo.
> - Aperture lets the user rate a photo using 1-5 stars or as rejected
> (like in Shotwell 0.7).
> - Lightroom lets the user mark a photo as rejected (independently of its
> I think that many photographers want to mark photos as of below-average
> quality without necessarily removing them from the library; that's what
> this feature is for.
> > Do users quickly understand this?
> As far as I know, users do understand: I don't believe that we've ever
> heard a user say they were confused by the Hide command. I think that
> setting a photo as rejected will also be easy to understand in Shotwell
> 0.7: the Set Rating menu includes Rejected as one of the choices and I
> think the meaning is fairly evident. This is already implemented in
> trunk so feel free to take a look at the existing implementation -
> feedback is welcome.
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