[Digikam-users] Re: Some thoughts about digiKam

Renchi Raju renchi at pooh.tam.uiuc.edu
Mon Jun 13 21:37:02 BST 2005

On Mon, 13 Jun 2005, Heiner Lamprecht wrote:

>> go to settings->General-> show items in sub-tags (check this) and
>> it will behave as you expected.
> All right, it works.  However, it would be even more nice to switch
> this behavior faster, like a togglebutton.  The problem is, that
> sometimes the list could become _very_ large.

in the experimental branch, there will no longer be an option for this, 
i.e. it will always be enabled. the list growing too large is not a 
concern, as the thumbnail loading has been optimized to keep only a 
limited number of thumbnails in memory. And so you can have huge list of 
items and not worry about memory consumption.

>> not currently. but its being worked on for the next release in
>> the experimental branch.
> Seems like I should give it a try.

the experimental branch is currently meant only for developers who are 
working on it.

>>>> Have you considered to make use of the IPTC-fields?  As far as
>>>> I can see, one can only assign "categories" in digiKam.  But
>>>> IPTC offers some more fields types, like a title, a genre, a
>>>> location or copyright information.  That would make searching
>>>> a lot more efficient.
>> yes, we have considered using IPTC. but it has been pushed back
>> for a later release.
> For what reason?  Technical or only not enough developer?

not enough developers is always a concern. before iptc support can be 
integrated with digikam, we need a library which can handle iptc, exif and 
adobe xmp together. as currently no such library exists which can handle 
all three, we will need to implement it ourselves.

>> btw, the experimental branch now allows
>> searching on image names, dates, captions, album names, caption,
>> collection and tag names.
> One more reason for testing.  Is it possible to save the
> searchresult or definition?



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