[Shotwell] Shotwell 0.5 Impressions of a New User
lutimdale at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 17 20:42:28 PDT 2010
I think this application shows the most promise from any linux based photo manager thus far.
Things I liked a lot:
- I like the concept of events and the way it is filtered based on date. I love "mark key photo for event".
- Speed. This app is fast. Everything seems to sing. 'nuff said.
- I love merge events. Select 2 events, right-click, merge. Beautiful.
Similarly creating a new event from a subset of pictures. This one is not obvious though... have to select Event > New Event from menu. A right-click option would be good here.
- when selecting multiple events, the status on bottom left was intelligent and let you know from/to dates. Nice touch. Similarly for selecting photos.
- the general feel of the app is that it is well thought out and what is there works well.
Things that need to be fixed:
- red eye fix coloured area outside of the pupil which is unacceptable to me. You should be able to click on "fix red eye for entire image" and have it be fixed automatically, or hone in on a general area. It cannot be only the eyeball area... most people have their eyes partially closed (the area requiring fixing is not circular) and it is unrealistic to expect a general user to exactly pinpoint an eyeball.
- I was confused that when renaming an event, it didn't bring in the current name of the event (the date), but a blank entry dialog. When I typed something, it overwrote the date... no way to get it back in the same format. I personally like to name my events "date + name"... for example "2010-01-01 New Years Day"
- I was really confused as to where the files were stored. Import didn't really tell me where they were imported to, and I couldn't find it within the filesystem. There is no preference for the file location. There is no right click option to locate the file.
- rotate needs to be both ways... cannot click 3 times to rotate to the left.
- when looking at an individual picture, it is unclear how to get back to the gallery (especially the same spot you were in before). A "back to gallery" button could help here.
- when I enhanced a picture, I didn't understand if it was saved or not. I think most people don't care about storing multiple copies of pictures... they want to fix their pictures and move on. I think a "Save Changes" button or prompt would fix this issue.
I would like to see:
- nesting of tags (eg. Family > Kids > Johnny) where tagging
something with Family only works as well. Filtering by Family brings in everything explicitly tagged as family, but also all the nested tags
- import rolls. At the very least, the last imported role. THis should be a high level folder along with Photos, Events, Tags. "Recently
Imported" probably makes sense here.
- Favorites as a top level item. It is a bit confusing to click on
Photos, then select "View > only favorites". Ideally, it would be
based on a 1 to 4 star system, not just one star. This would be similar to nesting of tags, where selecting 2 stars gives you everything 2
stars and above.
- when viewing a single photo, the controls can all be on the left pane instead of showing the hierarchy, which doesn't apply for the individual photo.
- View by filesystem as a top level tier. Currently you get only all via photos. As mentioned above, it would be ideal if renaming an event
a) renamed the folder the photos were contained in (eg. 2010-01-01 New Year's Eve) and
b) renamed the pictures to a similar format "2010-01-01 New Year's Eve 001.jpg"
The filesystem view should show all folders nested under the currently selected folder, separated by the name of the folder containing those files.
- if allowing file system view, events do not need to be renamed. Events become a date view. Events should be the file system view... no?
- Import should be file system based (organize by folder) and this should be configurable.
Pictures/2010/2010-01-01 New Year's Eve/
Pictures/2010/01/New Year's Eve
or whatever format a user wants.
I cannot stress how important this is. This is required for archival purposes. You should not need Shotwell 10 years from now to be able to view your organized photos. I should also be able to import my pictures, organize them, and be able to browse them intelligently in the file manager.
That's all for me. I hope this application gets some of the changes mentioned. There is no good enough application on linux for importing/managing photos yet at the filesystem level. I have been using Linux on the desktop for 2 years. Believe it or not, I still use Windows PHoto Gallery within a VirtualBox/windows vm to import my photos. Please help me get rid of this dependency.
lutimdale at yahoo.com
More information about the Shotwell