After more than a year digikam 0.9 has finally been released. It was developed for more than a year and comes with an impressive list of new features and closed bugs. The most important new features are:
- 16 bit Colormanagement workflow
- Raw file support
- GPS/EXIF/IPTC metadata support
Especially interesting here is that the 16bit workflow means that all used tools can handle 16bit images – something not every other image program for Linux can do.
One thing however about the user interface: digikam is made for people who are really willing to read about the subject. It is aimed at more professional users. Keep this in mind – if you just want a album program to occasionally view your images, you should check for another program.
But I do agree that the GUI of digikam could need some work – I think the usability guys could help here, improving the layout maybe. But I will use it anyway because I am a pro user who does not really care for the GUI as long as it is functional enough.