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shotwell 0.6

Shotwell, the photo manager which will replace F-Spot in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, just reached version 0.6. You already know most of the new features since we wrote about the Shotwell 0.6 development and also backported the Maverick packages to Lucid a while back. But now you can install the stable Shotwell 0.6 release.

New in Shotwell 0.6:
  • Basic support for RAW images, including import support for all common formats like CR2 and DNG
  • Full support for working with PNG images
  • Users can now zoom into photos to reveal latent detail
  • A new preferences dialog
  • Users can now open photos in an external editor, such as the GIMP, from within Shotwell
  • Photo tags and titles are imported and exported automatically via XMP and IPTC metadata
  • A new photo trash can
  • Numerous bug fixes and improved language support

If you are using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, all you have to do is install/upgrade Shotwell from the official Ubuntu repositories (it has not been made default just yet).

You can upgrade to Shotwell 0.6 in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx using the official Shotwell PPA (Yorba):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install shotwell

(If you have the WebUpd8 Shotwell Backposts PPA added, all you have to do is run "sudo apt-get upgrade").