The Darktable team has announced the release of version 1.2 which brings some new features, supports for more cameras and bug fixes. Darktable is one of the most important free software apps (along with GIMP) which is must have for someone like me who shoots in RAW from his DSLR camera. This apps is the first stage of my post-processing and does a great job when compared with Adobe’s Lightroom.
- Profiled denoising: adapt to the properties of your camera’s sensor (72 cameras already profiled for you).
- Lightroom import: convert some basic edits from your lightroom collection to darktable operations.
- Multi instance support: duplicate your modules and apply them more than one time with different settings.
- Improved usability for distorting modules (streamline spot removal in the presence of crop/rotate for example).
- Selective copy/paste of image processing.
- New more intuitive keystone correction tool.
- Jpeg2000 support.
- Graphics magick import (support virtually all input image formats).
- Much faster thumbnail loading (if you can live with crappy embedded thumbnails).
- Incredibly lengthy list of small bug fixes, performance enhancements, and usability improvements.
- New camera support (decode and color matrices).
- Dithering against banding.
- Sharper thumbnails in lighttable mode.
- New oauth2 based Picasa uploader.
Only problem I have with Darktable is the control buttons are extremely tiny and it can be really hard at time to work on an image. I think the ‘control’ buttons can be a big bigger an more space between each button will make it easier to work on images without struggling with the UI.
Darktable – very tiny buttons
Lightroom has better/bigger buttons
How to install?
If you are running Kubuntu (or Ubuntu) then you can easily install it by adding this PPA
apt-get install darktable
Arch users can also install the git version from AUR.