Älg - a photo workflow management software
If you own a digital camera, you certainly have a lot of photos on your
hard-disk. There is a lot of things that one usually needs to do on these
photos, from transfer to selection, editing and storage. The goal of
Älg is to provide a single software from which to do all of these
Of course, Älg does not aim (and couldn't anyway) at replacing all
the excellent softwares that already perform a single task, like
ufraw, The Gimp or exiftool, but rather provide an
efficient way to use them.
It is important to realize that those are planned features which, for
most of them, have not yet been implemented. See the
ChangeLog to have an idea of
where Älg currently is.
- Metadatas: all the metadata information (like TODO, rating, level of
completion, etc...), will be stored in a single file and will be
exportable to EXIF.
- Slideshow: the core of the program shows a slideshow of your photos,
with all actions possible through keyboard shortcuts. The use of SDL as
main library allows a very light and fast user interface.
- Sorting: it will be possible to sort the photos in a directory with
many different criterions, including EXIF. Manual sorting and exchange of
two photos is also planned.
- Mass renaming: to avoid having thousands of photos with suggestive
names like dsc_0765.jpg, Älg will propose to rename all or part
of the photos using a general scheme which will include the metadata.
- Storage: Älg uses a powerful directory structure to
record all the different stages in the photo evolution. After all the work
has been performed in a directory, it should just be stored as-is
or in a slimmed-down version and thus be easy to backup and search.
- Incremental saves: when you are working on a photo, it is often
a good thing to record the different stages of editing, thus being able to
come back if something did not turn out well. With this feature turned on,
each time you will save a new version of a photo, it will be automatically
stored with a new name in your work directory. Of course, when finished,
everything can be deleted.
If you have ideas of features that would be useful, just contact us on alg-dev.
Tarballs are available from
the download area.
Älg is also available in Gentoo's portage tree
(as media-gfx/alg-0.0.1.ebuild) and will possibly go in Debian too.
The Älg project homepage
gives access to most resources, including:
The SVN repository may be checked out and browsed online. It contains
the latest (possibly unstable) development version.
A daily snapshots is automatically uploaded by Gna!
Many thanks to Gna! for all these resources.
Please report any bug or wish
on the project homepage or by mail to
alg-user AT gna.org.
The alg team.
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