Automated import of camera photos
wonko at wonkology.org
Fri Dec 7 21:16:32 GMT 2012
As some of you may know, I'm a Gentoo user, and I have a KDE which is
quite well configured. But I'm setting up a PC for a lady who has _very_
limited PC experience. She wants to try Linux, because she became
deprived of e-mail access by her ISP after her account started to send
SPAM due to some Windows malware. She only uses Firefox (mainly for
eBay), a mail client for two mail accounts, an image viewer, and she
needs to import photos from her camera. She also likes to play two
Windows games, Space Cadet (pinball) and some cards game.
So I installed openSUSE (12.2 I think) on her new PC. For the desktop
environment, I chose KDE because it is so configurable. There should be
extra large icons on the desktop for example. I can set the fonts to a
huge size, which works fine mostly - notifications however show up with
text lines merged into another, so the text is not readable. This
happens when I plug in an USB camera, KDE asks if I want to open it with
Dolphin, or if I want to import pictures with Gwenview or Digikam. Maybe
I can tune this so only one entry appears.
Photo import is the main problem: She currently has some Windows
application which allows to import all new images of the camera to a
folder. I would really REALLY like to have this feature, but it does not
seem to be possible.
When the camera is plugged in, I can choose to import images with
Digikam. Works, with a few clicks. But when I do this again, Digikam
wants to import all images again, not only the new ones. It is working
fine as long as I do not close Digikam, but when I open it again, it
will import all images. This make es it basically unusable.
I'm not sure if this also happened when I have Digikam running and
import manually, but this involves more clicks, and is also not what I want.
Gwenview imports only the new images. Fine, but also with way to many
clicks. The user needs to open folders named 'DCIM' and such, has to
pick the right ones, and the dialog asks him to import 'documents', not
'pictures' or 'photos'. You might think tis is not a big deal, but I
fear this will make the user keep using the old Windows PC, where
everything works as expected.
Any ideas how I could solve this? Is there any possibility to import all
new images from a camera to a folder? I would not mind scripting if
Sorry, I do not know the exact version of KDE, and I do not have the PC
here right now. Maybe this is a bug which is already fixed. I do not
have access to my own PC right now, too, so I cannot simply check this.
So I'm sorry for asking here, but I'm moving, and only have a Windows
laptop with me at the moment.
Another disappointment was KMail, which I gave another try. The problem
was that I did not know the passwords yet, and it (or rather Akonadi)
kept asking for it, I was not even able to delete the resource because
of the dialog which would appear over and over again. I guess I could
have solved this eventually, but then I decided to simply use
What was great about using KDE was the possibility to configure the
desktop. I removed all window title bar buttons except for the close
button - minimizing an application to the panel would already be too
complicated, don't ask :) A double click on the title bar to maximize
the window is okay, other stuff is too sophisticated. If she wants to
use another application, she simply closes the one she is using. She is
happy with this, and then so be it.
I also disabled features like maximizing windows when they are moved to
the screen borders, or special effects happening when the mouse enters
the screen's corners. While I personally like those features much, it's
great that they are all optional. Thanks for leaving KDE so much
configurable, I guess this would not be possible with Gnome.
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