Because of all the great apps from KDE 3 that are being ported and improved for KDE 4.
One of them is digiKam, THE photo management program for your pictures.
I don’t want to fiddle with all the details (since it isn’t even released yet), but give you a few impressions of the new program, which is completely built on the new KDE/QT 4-Framework.
Please notice: This review is based on the SVN version of what will become digiKam 0.10.0 and is still in beta - it is neither finished nor considered stable at the moment!
I think the most noticeable (but not the only) new feature is the Marble integration.The globe for the desktop is used for (who would have thought) the GPS tags of your pictures, which results in two basic functions:
- Search and display pictures of a specific region (simply press ctrl and click on the left marble panel) and
- Display the location of a picture
As you’ll have noticed, there’s an additional bar on the bottom, which shows the previous/next pictures (as the two following pictures will show, the amount of pictures is related to the size/height of the bar)
I hope you had as much fun as I had when watching those pictures (I left them in their original size for your enjoyment. I resized them with the new picture system, to fit them nicely in the page Please keep in mind that this is not final, and that I didn’t use the default theme, but the “dark” theme. Which looks nice mostly, but has some glitches that makes it hard to read certain things. Also I want to draw your attention to a notice I made earlier this week: Arnd is working on a patch that allows it to switch the current marble layer between the current one and the OSM-layer (which is already integrated in Marble itself)
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