f-spot, gthumb and digikam -- for "grandma user"

H.S. hs.samix at gmail.com
Tue Dec 9 21:53:39 UTC 2008

Brian McKee wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 3:37 PM, H.S. <hs.samix at gmail.com> wrote:
> OK, look - I'm not here to argue with you.  I just want to pass along
> a couple of observations.
> This will be my last post on the subject.
> At this moment - iTunes and Picassa are arguably the most popular
> media and photo programs anywhere.
> They both have tens of millions of users.  Both of them have broken
> completely with the file/folder concept.
> *I* think they are popular precisely because they have done so.  I
> don't think of a picture by the name of the folder I filed it in, I
> think of it as 'that picture of my son I took at the family reunion a
> couple of years ago.'
> I can find that picture either by using a time line, or tags like
> family reunion or my son's name.
> I have that picture in a folder on my web server.  I'll be darned if I
> can tell you what it's called off the top of my head.  I am a computer
> geek that can recite the folder names of hundreds of significant
> folders across more than a half a dozen operating systems.  But trying
> to store pictures or music that way doesn't make nearly as much sense.
>  Pictures and music have 'one to many' relationships in database
> speak.
> The software the comes with a Kodak camera, or iPhoto on a Mac, or
> Amarok, or any number of other media related software has all gone
> this way.  Heck, Google desktop, Gnome tracker, and Spotlight are all
> trying to push that paradigm on the OS itself.
> I'm glad folders and files works for you.  But you asked for comments,
> so there's mine.

Sure, I appreciate your comments. I was only trying to put forth the
point that once a new user is getting used to files and folders, asking
for folders for photos is not much of a stretch.

And the search features is really helpful.

As I mentioned earlier, I only hope f-spot could also let the user
create folders as well.

I am not arguing against the features given  by iTunes and picassa, only
about features that f-spot appears to lack, actually just a couple:
1. Give the user an option to create folders if necessary
2. Give the user a choice to delete photos from the camera after the

If these are included, I think f-spot would have merged features from
digikam and gthumb.

There is another point though. I am not sure if a shift to a new photo
manager would be possible from f-spot since it retains all the necessary
information in a database and only one folder.


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