[Digikam-users] Folders, albums and collections

Agustin Lobo alobolistas at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 08:26:40 BST 2015

Then, just to fully clarify:
>From within digikam,
1. If I delete an Album, do I delete a folder?
2. If I rename an Album, do I rename a folder?

If this is the case, it is kind of dangerous. If it is not the case,
then the statement "The words 'album', 'folder' and 'directory' can be
regarded as meaning the same thing" would be not true in what albums
are concerned.

Certainly, folder and directory are the same concept. But "album" (a
common word in latin languages such as mine)
is not a computer term but a common word which exact significance
within digikam should be well defined. Same for
"Collection", which is actually ambiguous.


On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 11:02 AM, Sveinn í Felli <sv1 at fellsnet.is> wrote:
> See inline:
> Þann mið 17.jún 2015 06:32, skrifaði Agustin Lobo:
>> If I have a directory named FOTOS with a subdirectory named 20130523,
>> do I get one Album and one
>> sub-album or just 2 albums at the same level?
> You'll have the album FOTOS with a sub-album 20130523.
>>> On 16/06/15 16:04, Agustin Lobo wrote:
>>>> I'm a bit confused by the relationships between the concepts
>>>> of folder, album and collection in Digikam.  For example,
>>>> if I have my pictures in folders in an external drive,
>>>> would each folder become an Album in Digikam? Would sub-folders
>>>> become sub-albums?
>>>> Are the pictures actually copied to the albums? Or do the pictures
>>>> remain in their original folders and just meta-data and thumbnails
>>>> are integrated in the db?
>>>> And what's a collection? Just a set of folders?
> As for your original question: Digikam respects the directory structure of
> your filesystems - this is important to know, because some other software do
> not, but create relationships via database 'tags' and softlinks. I think
> many Digikam users are so grateful for this transparency, and would be
> really annoyed if there was some esoteric layer between the file structure
> and their representation.
> The words 'album', 'folder' and 'directory' can be regarded as meaning the
> same thing, they just come from different naming conventions or vocabulary
> of different trades. Some other applications use terms like 'film-roll' in
> addition to those.
> Your translated Digikam interface may or may not respect the local
> conventions in your language.
> 'Album' comes from the Latin word 'albus' [1], meaning 'white' or 'blank',
> which became used in the 1650's for a kind of a scrapbook where scolars used
> to collect souvenirs or references and even for collection of "autographs of
> celebrated people". Albums for collection of photographic prints/films
> became known in the mid-1800's.
> Most of the Digikam vocabulary stems from terms in photography and/or
> printing, this is quite normal and even desirable. But of course, with new
> techniques in handling of digital images, there will be new terms without
> any links to the past - and the language metaphors will evolve.
> Best regards,
> Sveinn í Felli
> [1]: <http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=album>
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