[Shotwell] Duplicating on a second machine
jim at yorba.org
Thu Sep 15 11:37:54 PDT 2011
This is the perpetual debate in photo management software: If you want to
keep the photos pristine, you have to store the metadata elsewhere. But if
you store the metadata elsewhere, other applications may not be able to use
As Lucas pointed out, even if we write hierarchical tags to the photo files
(which is possible by selecting the option in the Preferences dialog), not
all photo apps would understand them. Likewise, one piece of metadata
Shotwell keeps for all photos is a list of transformations (rotation, crop,
color correction, etc.) If this was stored with the photo, other
applications would (or should) honor these transformations when displaying
the photo. I don't know of any thorough, open way of storing photo
transformations that is widely honored (with the exception of rotation).
We certainly don't want to lock anyone in to Shotwell, we just are trying to
work through all these requirements in a way that allows most users to get
what they want out of it. We do have some tickets that will allow Shotwell
to be even more flexible in this regard:
On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 6:19 AM, Stefan Monnier <monnier at iro.umontreal.ca>wrote:
> >> why don't you simply check the option to store tags in the pictures
> >> should be checked by default in my opinion)?
> > I'm really glad your opinion isnt in use :-)
> > I use Shotwell because it NEVER writes data to my photos.
> > If they are never written to, they will never (barring fs corruption) be
> > destroyed.
> > This is the only safe default, and all software should be safe by
> > default.
> But tags should somehow be written down somewhere in a standard place,
> so that you can use the same photos in different applications and the
> info you set up in one is available to the other.
> I hate it when an application tries to "lock me in" by keeping the data
> in a proprietary format.
> I think Shotwell should aim to make its database fully redundant, like
> a cache, in the sense that it can be reconstructed from the data
> in Pictures.
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