Idea for improvement of metadata sidebar

Andrey Goreev aegoreev at
Mon Mar 13 15:31:04 GMT 2017

Hello Jens,

I as a user 100% agree with your suggestions and comments.
Whether developers like the idea or not the only way to find out is to
submit this suggestion in bugzilla.
Even if they don't want changing the current tabs this could be an awesome
additional tab ("Summary")

Best regards,
Andrey Goreev

On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 2:24 PM, Jens Benecke <jens-digikam at>

> Hi,
> thanks for the feedback. There was also a PNG screenshot attached to my
> email which showed the original layout.
> Regarding your comments:
> 1: This is not a left-side (= filter) sidebar but a right-side (= editor)
> sidebar. So clicking on the date should modify the selected image(s)’s
> date(s). „Select by date“ already exists on the left side of Digikam’s main
> window. If multiple images are selected, this should show a date range and
> editing this might even be used to shift dates (with a confirmation dialog
> asking whether to set all dates to the same value or to use the first
> selected image as base date and use the delta to shift all dates - just
> like the extra wizard does now).
> 2: Ratings are shown to the right of the filename. Basically just like now
> only that the basic image metadata isn’t spread over five different tabs.
> 3: The tags tree should stay. My original idea was not to replace multiple
> existing editing tabs but to only replace the (redundant) first one called
> „Properties“. I was looking for a quick and compact way to view and edit
> common metadata of selected images explicitly *without* having to use the
> tree. If selected images have a non-unique set of tags, the tag input field
> should reflect this (either show non-unique tags greyed out or something
> like that).
> But coming to think of it, this dashboard would have the potential to
> clean up the whole right sidebar. Here’s my thoughts:
> „Properties“: replace This can be completely replaced. As of now I do not
> see any use case that isn’t covered.
> Plus we save lots on translation strings we don’t need any more.
> „Metadata“: keep This is a „more details“ version of Properties. It would
> stay.
> „Colors“: keep This - for me - is nothing I use often (I use it on my
> camera often, but not in Digikam).
> „Map“: remove The map would become part of the dashboard. Smaller, though.
> „Captions“:
>    Description remove - contains most of what the Dashboard will contain
> too.
>    Tags keep - contain the tag tree and an entry field. The tree by
> itself won’t be replaceable.
>    Information keep - contains IPTC information about the author. Also
> not replaceable.
> „Versions“: keep This is not covered.
> „Filter“: keep Also not covered.
> „Extras“: don’t know, these are tools that - IMHO - only belong into a
> menu, not an icon view.
> I updated my mockup in the attachment plus added a screenshot so you can
> view it even without the correct fonts).
> --
> Jens Benecke - jens at
> Keine Lust auf Müll in ihrem Postfach?
> --
> Jens Benecke - jens at
> Keine Lust auf Müll in ihrem Postfach?
> Am 13.02.2017 um 00:22 schrieb Andrey Goreev <aegoreev at>:
> Jens,
> That looks interesting. I do have a couple of suggestions though.
> 1. Click on the date should better show all images taken on that date. To
> edit date we better have an "edit" button beside.
> 2. Ratings. I don't see them in your spreadsheet. Are these 5 little
> squares in top right corner tags? I opened the document via Libre Office
> Viewer app for Android which is still pretty raw so I won't be surprised if
> it does not show some embedded pictures or symbols.
> 3. I do like have Tags Tree uncollupsed when tagging my pics so
> Minimize/Maximize button would work best I think. When Minimized it looks
> and works just like you suggested. When Maximized it looks and works like
> it does at the moment.
> Thanks for the awesome suggestion!
> Cheers,
> Andrey
> Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Jens Benecke <jens-digikam at>
> Date: 2017-02-12 3:12 PM (GMT-07:00)
> To: digiKam - Home Manage your photographs as a professional with the
> power of open source <digikam-users at>
> Subject: Idea for improvement of metadata sidebar
> Hello everybody,
> I'm not posting this on since I would like some discussion
> on this topic first.
> I originally come from iPhoto and similar commercial apps. My workflow
> when importing images (and videos) into Digikam might reflect this a
> little - I find myself constantly switching between tabs in Digikam to
> perform simple image management / organizational tasks.
> I think this can be improved a lot by modifying the layout and usability
> of Digikam's "Properties" sidebar (the top one on the right) and
> converting it into a summary-/ dashboard kind of sidebar which covers
> 80-90% of all requirements in one single place. Currently it is just a
> list of image and file properties and not used for editing at all -
> which makes it kind of superfluous (IMHO).
> I have created a mockup of how this sidebar can be improved by
> incorporating simple editing tasks. The idea is that for simple asset
> management tasks (adding titles, ratings and tags, editing dates and
> viewing basic image metadata) you *only* need this single sidebar. The
> idea is *NOT* to squeeze all possible metadata into one dialog.
> This is a little inspired by  iPhoto's organization of metadata which I
> found quite usable.
> Please have a look and tell me what you think.
> Thanks!
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