[KimDaBa] Suggestions for improvement

Ricky ricky at linuxbourg.ch
Tue Feb 17 21:28:17 GMT 2004

Hello Jesper, hello list,

First of all, thanks for this nice piece of software. It's really proven 
to be useful. After using it for more than two months, here's my modest 
contribution in form of suggestions for improvement (or call it RFE?)

1) Now when I want to describe an image or a group of images, I need to 
do these actions:
   1 - select the image(s)
   2 - right click and select properties for all images or one at a time
       also possible with shortcut
   3 - Select the corresponding categories, persons, places etc...
   4 - Close the dialog

I think KimDaBa would be much more usable if we got rid of the dialog 
and would perform the above action in the following way:
   1 - select the image(s)
   2 - Have a sidebar with the categories, persons, places etc... and
       select them.
   3 - maybe have an "apply" button at the bottom of the sidebar, so that
       one could have a chance to "cancel" some changes.

Benefit: 2 or 3 actions instead of 4. That's a huge benefit, given the 
number of times one has to perform these actions. Having the sidebar 
available when the picture is open in a viewer (not full screen) would 
be another benefit, since sometimes it's hard to recognize the people on 
the photo, and then one has to switch between the dialog and the viewer, 
which is also rather cumbersome.

2) Probably this has been asked several times, but it's really 
complicating matters if you cannot rename the actual files. I know, the 
intended effect is: you download your photos and there they are, they 
don't move, they are never renamed, all you need is KimDaBa for managing 
them. Unfortunately, this often doesn't match with reality, since one 
sometimes renames the photos, moves them to other directories and so on. 
  Since KimDaBa knows where a file is stored, it should be possible to 
tell from within Kimdaba: create a new directory (on the filesystem) and 
move the selected images to that place. (same for renaming etc...)

3) After finding an image, I sometimes want to open the original file 
with Gimp or jump to the folder where it is stored, so that I can send 
these photos to friends. I don't want to send smaller photos or make a 
gallery, just send the original ones. I've seen that part of this has 
been addressed in 1.1 (I will download and compile it in a moment) but I 
think all of this is not possible yet.

I'd be glad to hear what you think of these suggestions.


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