[Shotwell] a few newbie questions
amcnabb at mcnabbs.org
Thu Nov 17 19:31:45 PST 2011
I'm trying Shotwell for the first time, and I have a few questions that
I couldn't find answers to in the documentation.
1) It's spent quite a while on "Auto-importing photos", and my
~/.shotwell directory is at 1.8 GB while the import is only 28%
complete. I understand from the docs that the ~/.shotwell/mimics
directory are JPEGs that stand in place of the RAW files. However, I
believe that my camera already includes medium-resolution JPEGs embedded
in the metadata of the RAW files. I also have a JPEG file associated
with each RAW, and I use RawTherapee for raw processing. In this
situation, what feature are the mimics providing? Is it possible to
disable this to save space and--more importantly--time?
>From the Shotwell web page, it looks like the behavior of mimics is
changed in 0.11, but in Fedora 16, Shotwell 0.10.1 is the latest
available version. There's no release date listed on that page, so I'm
not sure how out-of-date 0.10.1 is.
2) I feel dumb, but I can't find how to browse by folders and sort by
folders. It looks like the preferred mechanism is to create "events,"
but according to the "Photo files" page in the documentation, events
don't get written to file metadata, so I wouldn't be able to access this
information from other programs. Additionally, I already have thousands
of photos sorted into folders (i.e., old-fashioned events). Am I
missing the obvious way to deal with this in Shotwell?
I was somewhat impressed when I realized that Shotwell automatically
guessed events, but I've notice some unusual choices. For example, a
single folder was split into two chronologically overlapping events,
with individual photos sorted randomly between the two.
3) Is there a way to publish or email a photos as a batch instead of one
at a time?
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