[Digikam-users] Interoperability with Darktable
matt at professionalsysadmin.com
Mon Oct 28 18:52:47 GMT 2013
I'm also using darktable with digikam. My understanding is that darktable
has some photo management functionality, but the development focus remains
on raw processing and other programs like digikam are expected to handle
any non-trivial photo management requirements.
Currently, my workflow is:
a) Import raw files from SDcard via digikam to ~/video/digikam/cr2 folder.
b) Copy over all raw files for a month to a new folder within digikam -
c) Import the cr2s from ~video/digikam/archive/year/year-month/raw to
d) Have darktable process selected raws and deleted undesired stills.
Export cropped png files to ~/video/digikam/png folder
e) When all photos for a particular event are completed, perform
watermarking and any minor tuning that me be easier to perform within
digikam and then batch convert to jpg and place final photos in
f) Tag jpgs as appropriate and then using kipi-plugins, upload to flickr
or other services to publish
g) remove leftover png files, if I need to edit files significantly in the
future - I can just re-export the raws from darktable - this is relatively
Do I wish there was better integration between digikam and darktable? yes
-- but the current workflow seems to work fine w/o any issues in either
app. Yes, I realize that my raws aren't tagged but the jpgs are and the
jpg filenames are almost identical to the raws.
On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 6:46 AM, HaJo Schatz <hajo at hajo.net> wrote:
> My workflow stats with darktable to develop, choose keepers. Then to
> Digikam for tagging/archiving and back to darktable for export.
> For darktable to pick up the Digikam metadata, I remove the pics and add
> the folder again. Hence they get re-read and carry the metadata.
> Digikam has a function to re-read metadata from file but in my experience
> doesn't pick up all the darktable-written data nicely. Hence I tag in
> On Monday, October 28, 2013, Martin (KDE) wrote:
>> Am 27.10.2013 19:29, schrieb Wolfgang Mader:
>> > Hi all,
>> > I have noticed that Digikam and Darktable have a slightly different way
>> > writing out the xmp files. Is there anything I need to be aware of when
>> > Digikam and Darktable together in my workflow? I am using star rating,
>> > comments, geo location.
>> Darktable by default will not reread xmp sidecar files. So if you change
>> something in digikam (ratings, tags) darktable will not show it. I am
>> not sure if darktable will overwrite all changes. I asked on the
>> darktable developer list if this will change in near future and I was
>> told that this (using darktable with digikam or simmilar) is not a
>> workflow any of the developer is using an with this has a very low
>> What is the way digikam handles changes in sidecar files from outside?
>> > Thank you.
>> > Best,
>> > Wolfgang
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