Alan Pater | 23 Apr 04:57 2014

Re: Patch to write nested IPTC metadata

OK. I fixed up the patch and tested it via an build for Ubuntu
available on my ppa:

It works as I expected, reading both nested & non-nested tags; writing
back only the nested version.

The updated & tested patch has been uploaded to

On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM, Alan Pater <alan.pater@...> wrote:
> Oops, looks like I missed some curly brackets in the changes I made.
> I'm building a new package now to test if it actually works and will
> keep you informed ...
> On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM, Alan Pater <alan.pater@...> wrote:
>> Hi
>> I have patched metadataedit to use nested XMP tags for IPTC fields.
>> I'd like someone to test it as I have not been able to get digikam and
>> kipi-plugins to build on my system.
>> The patch is attached here:
>> Cheers,
>> Alan
cl | 21 Apr 20:16 2014

Returning to Digikam, a couple of questions about metadata etc.

I'm returning to using Digikam after quite a long absence.  I have
just installed Digikam 3.4.0 on my xubuntu 13.10 desktop machine.

My questions concern tags and other data (like title and caption).

Digikam seems to have found the existing data in my pictures and has
put it in its database.  That's fine.  However does Digikam keep data
in the picture files in step with what's in the its database from now

I.e. if I change the caption on a picture using Digikam will it also
change the caption in the corresponding picture file?

There used to be preference/configuration settings that set whether
this happened or not but I can't seem to see them now.

I want everything I change in Digikam to also be changed in the
picture files, unless I explicitly say otherwise.  So if Digikam
disappears off the face of the earth (heaven forbid) I will still have
all the changes I've laboriously done to captions, tags, etc.


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yves | 21 Apr 12:00 2014

howto remove all the tags?

I have installed digikam on an ubuntu system and there are already a lot of tags, that I didn't create, showing up in the tagging menu.
How can I delete all the tags at once?  I could not find about that and I would have to delete each tag manually, they are 97!!
ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Version 3.5.0
Using KDE Development Platform 4.13.0

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Alan Pater | 20 Apr 18:22 2014

local git master ignores many folders

I am trying to work with the digikam git repository, following the
instructions here:

After running the download script I have all the files on my local machine.
But git does not see any of the changes I make

I found this is because of the default .gitignore file, which contains:


(And does not contain extra/libkvkontakte/, which shows as uncommited)

I would like to start clean, with nothing ignored.

I'm a complete novice to git. Could someone be kind enough to provide
some step-by-step instructions on un-ignoring everything?

If I just remove any or all of those lines from .gitignore I land up
with a bunch of uncommited folders, which is not what is needed.

Alan Pater | 20 Apr 03:55 2014

Patch to write nested IPTC metadata


I have patched metadataedit to use nested XMP tags for IPTC fields.
I'd like someone to test it as I have not been able to get digikam and
kipi-plugins to build on my system.

The patch is attached here:

Torsten Bronger | 17 Apr 08:40 2014

Great offer: Order lens calibrations


digiKam uses Lensfun for lens correction (distortion, CA,
vignetting).  However, someone must have done calibration pictures
for your lenses so that this works. offered to take calibration pictures for
the open-source community.  I think the best approach is to ask you,
the community, which lenses are most wanted.  On
<>, I list all lenses that
they have in their repository and that are not yet in Lensfun.

If you wish lenses to be supported in digiKam, look them up in this
list and send an email with their names to me.  Please note that
nobody can *guarantee* that they will be included this way.
Alternatively, you are invited to take calibration pictures yourself
and upload them at <>.



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Robert Zeller | 16 Apr 17:51 2014

Can "Sharpen" be parallelized?


the "sharpen" feature with the refocus option takes - even when using a
3.4 GHz CPU - very long on a 16 Mpix raw image (Nikon D800). I have a 6
cores CPU but only one core is being used on "sharpen". Wouldn't it be
possible to parallelize sharpen such that all 6 cores could work at the
same time on different domains of the image such that the turnaround
time would be sped up by a factor of 6 ?

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Bast! | 13 Apr 17:45 2014

Cannot find the JpegLossLess kipi plugin


I cannot find the Kipi plugin JpegLossLess in Digikam and therefore have
only the lossy rotation of any kind. The documentation refers to this
plugin but I cannot find it.

I am running kubuntu 12.04.04 LTS, Kubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 13.10 in a
VM, updated the kipi plugins and digikam to 3.5.0 on all three.
Setting up kipi-plugins-common (4:3.5.0-0ubuntu10) ...
Setting up kipi-plugins (4:3.5.0-0ubuntu10) ...

Even the jpeglossless plugin was installed, I think:

But it is not shown in the Configuration of Digikam under Kipi-Plugins.
How do I get the lossless JPEG rotation to work under digikam?

Thanks in Advance
Andrew Fritz | 12 Apr 22:33 2014

Editing Location, Subject Data Directly (not via templates)

I'm trying to understand if something is possible. The handbook doesn't
say it is, but it seems like a common use case.

I have a smallish subset of my library of photos (my "portfolio" for
public sharing). I want to individually edit the Location, Contact and
Subject data on the Information tab of the Caption/Tags panel to make it

There seems to be no way to do this. I can create templates and apply
them, but I will literally be creating one template per photo, which
seems very silly and wasteful. Is there some setting I'm missing to make
the meta-data in question editable?

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Agustin Lobo | 12 Apr 19:47 2014

trash on Mac

I have deleted some test Albums and they were supposed to go the the trash can,
but the mac trash can is empty. Where did they go? I recall reading
something about the KDE thrash can, but where is that on the mac? How
do I empty the KDE thrash can?

Neale Partington | 12 Apr 09:30 2014

zero length soundfiles in slideshow

I see that others have had this problem in the past; but don't see a solution that applies to me - I downloaded digiKam for the first time (Windows version) a few weeks back, but cannot add audio to my slideshow.  The final previous post on this topic suggested it was a version mismatch between the main program and the plugin(s).  That shouldn't be my issue as this is the first time I've used the program, and I downloaded all of the files at once.  Are there any other suggestions?  I am using 3.4.0 software collection for Windows.

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