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darktable is an Open-Source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable light table, and enables you to develop RAW images and enhance them.
What's New
Version 1.4:

New and Improved

  • darktable now integrates a lua engine that allows writing scripts to make it easier to use with other image processing software. These scripts can be run when a particular event takes place (for example when a new image is imported) or when a particular keyboard shortcut is used. There are very few scripts available at this point but we expect the community to provide some more during the next release cycle.
  • darktable now includes several kinds of drawn masks: brush, circle, ellipse, path and gradients
  • exporting in WebP format
  • serious speed enhancements of lighttable when using large colections
  • focus detection on lighttable
  • local cached copies of images for offline files
  • a few new blend mode like "HSV lightness", "HSV color", "Lab lightness" and "Lab color"
  • new modules "contrast brightness saturation", "color balance" and "color mapping" which replaces the now deprecated "color transfer" module
  • new histogram mode "waveform"
  • added a setting to automatically collapse modules to only have a single one expanded
  • better user experience for bauhaus sliders: the popup now has a blinking cursor to make possible text entry more discoverable
  • the text entry for bauhaus sliders and vimkeys' ":set" command can now evaluate mathematical expressions
  • additional logarithmic mode for editing the basecurve
  • many bug fixes and small improvements
  • a tool for measuring basecurves from a sample image
  • a tool to check the system's color management setup. call cmake with -DBUILD_CMSTEST=On to build and install it. packagers probably want that.
  • updated usermanual
  • darktable now requires Gtk+ in version >= 2.24, Glib in version >= 2.30
Known Bugs
  • Ricoh Pentax K-3 PEFs aren't supported yet (DNGs work fine)
  • Nikon D5300 isn't supported yet

Version 1.4:

New and Improved

  • darktable now integrates a lua engine that allows writing scripts to make it easier to use with other image processing software. These scripts can be run when a particular event takes place (for example when a new image is imported) or when a particular keyboard shortcut is used. There are very few scripts available at this point but we expect more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later



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Leinad reviewed on 04 Jan 2014
In first time, not very to use, but after! The best software
[Version 1.4]


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Coolapic reviewed on 08 Aug 2013
Awesome and FREE !

This app may even be better than Lightroom and Aperture, try it and you'll regret to have paid for the two heavyweight

Thanks' to the devs' for their fantastic work
[Version 1.1.4]


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Cowicide commented on 09 May 2013
Within literally 20 seconds of using it, Darktable crashed. I brought in a picture, expanded the Darktable window to make it fit my screen and then POOF... Darktable crashed/quit with a EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT) error in the console.

I've thrown it in the trash.
[Version 1.1.4]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc reviewed on 02 Apr 2013
I took the time to check out the developer's web site and to download and install - and explore - Darktable. It is actually more like Capture One in it's complexity than Lightroom. In fact, it does many things that Lightroom does not do. The interface is less refined than either Capture One or Lightroom, which is a common issue with open source applications: Darktable is built to run on a number of OS platforms, including several varieties of Linux and OS X - but not Windows. No doubt this is because Linux and OS X are Unix based, while Windows is not. This should boggle some Linux geeks who believe OS X is inhospitable to open source projects. Darktable suggests the opposite: that open source is inhospitable to OS X. If developers are willing to make the effort, OS X is a viable platform. Whether their products are competitive with commercial alternatives, is another question.

Darktable divides its functions into numerous modules, which can be displayed in sets or related features to simplify their use. Modules can be displayed or hidden at the user's discretion. Like Capture One, however, Darktable has a steep learning curve. In my opinion Lightroom is by far the easiest and most intuitive app to use of the three, but Darktable has the distinct advantage of being available for free. This may encourage some serious photographers to try it out. For certain, though, it will not appeal to novice users, despite the price.

Like Lightroom, Darktable catalogues imported images and provides ranking and tagging features and the ability to assemble photos into collections. The database is searchable as well, so asset management is relatively robust.

In limited testing I had no crashes. Processing was moderately fast, given that it is not a native Cocoa app. On the whole, it is a remarkably complete program, clearly the result of a great deal of time and effort. The feature set is extensive and, given the price, in my opinion the app is an excellent value. On the other hand, the interface is bare bones and the program, like Capture One, requires considerable expertise to utilize fully. The user manual is available online and is being actively developed along with Darktable.

In my opinion Darktable is a serious entry in the RAW photo processing and management race. Casual observers may be put off by the interface, which takes some getting used to. Anyone willing to put in the time to learn their way around, however, will no doubt find the wide range of available features appealing. In that regard, I think Darktable is more likely to compete with Capture One than with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
[Version 1.1.4]


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Ythara reviewed on 02 Nov 2012
I like the fact that it exists, but it's far from Lightroom's usability. I tested it with a couple of pictures and the corrections were all lagging a bit behind. It applied a general auto-correction that I didn't ask for, and when I got to the curve it simply crashed. I didn't bother diving into the advanced features since I believe they should really focus on fixing the basic ones first.
[Version 1.1.0.7]

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Xenos replied on 03 Nov 2012
It is not reasonable at all to compare a free image editor of ~25 MB to a 960 MB pro application.
who on earth would expect the same features - so it's an idea far from relevance.

as a graphic pro, i'm impressed though by the manifoldness of features.

furthermore i did not experience any of the effects described by Ythara (above), i.e. neither crashes nor auto-correction processes.

in fact, i'd seriously recommend this very efficient small application to all advanced users of image edition needs prior to dealing with the huge Adobe competitors or others (Capture One, etc).
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Macfoto reviewed on 16 Sep 2012
great start, guys!
[Version 1.1.0.5]


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Monkeyjunkey rated on 08 Apr 2014

[Version 1.4]



Bill_Johnson rated on 17 Mar 2014

[Version 1.4]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 18 Sep 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



-5

Sos-Ufo rated on 19 Oct 2012

[Version 1.1.0.6]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Free
Date:04 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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darktable is an Open-Source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable light table, and enables you to develop RAW images and enhance them.


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