Sunday, December 31, 2017

Fotoxx Release 18.01

Technical Changes
  • The image index format was revised, requiring a new index initialization.
  • Image Index initialization: work is now divided among 4 parallel threads.
    On a computer with 4 processor cores and an SSD disk, indexing runs about
    3x faster (ca. 6000/min), but no speedup for a rotating disk (1000/min).
  • The maximum thread count for some functions was increased from 4 to 8,
    to better utilize the newest processors from Intel and AMD.
  • Use of the shell "find" command was mostly replaced with calls to glob().
    This makes it fail-safe against special characters in file names.
  • There is a new option to place the Fotoxx home directory wherever wanted.
  • Retained geocoordinate precision was improved (about 1 meter).
  • GTK widgets were downsized by reducing unnecessary margin padding.
    This can be revised or undone by editing the file "widgets.css".
  • The custom [small] spin button widget now spins increasingly faster when the +/- key or up/down arrow key is held down more than 1 second.
Functional Changes
  • The image index may now include up to 20 user-defined metadata items
    (search speed for indexed metadata is >1000x faster than non-indexed).
  • The restriction on sorting a metadata report was removed.
  • Updating Albums: GUI improvements make it easier to update affected
    albums after an image file is updated or a new version is created.
  • New slide show transition: the next image swells up from the middle and
    compresses the previous image out to the sides.
  • Galleries retain both sort order and scroll position within and across sessions. All galleries can be reset to 'file name ascending' with one button.
  • Retouch-Combo: GUI improved for setting white balance and black point.
  • Retinex: new edit function to improve color and contrast for images with
    extreme fog/haze or color cast (e.g. a scan of a 100 year-old photo).
    Retinex can also be used to add flair to most other images.
  • Batch Photo Date/Time: new function to fix missing or wrong date/time, or shift date/time a given amount (e.g. camera clock in wrong time zone).
  • Batch Geotags: Location and Country can be updated without changing the
    existing geocoordinates (e.g. fix chaotic names from the camera GPS).
  • Keyboard navigation: some search and select functions that output a list now allow navigation of the list using the arrow, page and home/end keys. Entering text makes the list scroll to the next entry with matching text.
  • KB shortcuts: most can be customized, most are available in gallery view. Functions that can have shortcuts were expanded from 27 to 94.
  • Menu text and background colors can be set to match a 'theme' or personal
    taste (the generated graphics and do not follow themes automatically).
  • Two batch RAW conversion functions were consolidated into one.
  • Search Images: added search by file mod date (in addition to photo date).
  • View360: View a 360° panorama image (e.g. Google photosphere).
    Viewpoint can turn through 360° and wrap-around by dragging mouse.
  • Mosaic: made much faster by using parallel threads. Blend is now instant.
  • KB shortcuts: make [+] key work as 'zoom-in' for any keyboard layout.
  • Zonal Flatten: allow zone count = 1 (i.e. use the entire image distribution).
  • Adjust HSL: use a sample spot of 3x3 pixels instead of one pixel.
  • Gallery view: arrow keys can step through files and jump across galleries.
Bug Fixes
  • Panorama: some PNG images with alpha channels were invisible.
  • Possible lockup after a long image indexing process. Exiftool memory leak.
  • Brightness Ramp: direction line sometimes persisted after function exit.
  • Albums: stop removing videos from albums if 'ffmpeg' or 'totem' is missing.
  • All directories tree: possible crash if navigating via keyboard arrow keys.
  • Search Images metadata report: missing data for the first image in the list.
  • Search Images using metadata selection: minor memory leak plugged.
  • Vertical Panorama: fine alignment via mouse made image partly disappear.
  • Favorites menu: stop crash if assigned menu is a 'top' menu (invalid).
  • Favorites menu: stop move of menu position if 'user settings' selected.
  • Some keyboard shortcut keys were not working for some KB layouts.
  • Spurious "kill active dialog" message if image-index [x] button is used.
  • Crash "max. dialogs exceeded" after 15 "Edit Brightness" done in a script.
  • Stop spurious log file diagnostic from thumbnail clicks: "fopen re-entry".
  • Batch Utilities: stop flashing of title bar with each file processed.
  • Crash "no thumbnail directory" received a better diagnostic.
  • Image Index: RAW file thumbnails omitted (auto updated when viewed).
  • Make all date/time input formats consistent.
User Guide
The user guide was audited to fix many minor errors and omissions.
The images were all updated and some were enlarged for better visibility. Clickable table of contents and topic index were added.
Wayland Note
Fotoxx works OK with Wayland/Xwayland with one exception: when an image is zoomed-in by clicking on a spot, the pointer no longer follows the spot but stays put. This is a known bug or omission (only the user can move the pointer). 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Ukopp Release 6.5

  • New [restored] command line option: $ ukopp -nogui <jobfile>
    Run backup job with no user interaction, for use in shell scripts.
  • Ukopp now expects to run as root. Use 'sudo ukopp' to start ukopp.
    Prior method using gksudo no longer works.
    Review the technical notes in the user guide.
  • Internal code cleanup.
  • Bugfix: count of purged archive files/versions was sometimes wrong.
  • Bugfix: specifying '0' retained versions or days created an invalid job file.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Watsup Release 4.0

Watsup was made into an "app indicator" in the top panel
(at least for the Ubuntu flavor of Gnome desktop).

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fotoxx Release 17.08.3 (bug fixes)

  • User settings for video file types were not being saved.
  • Add missing popup diagnostic for libraw (e.g. unable to read a RAW file).
  • Check for application 'hugin' instead of 'hugin-executor' 
    (compensate diverse packaging "standards").

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fotoxx Release 17.08.2

Bugfix: Avoid crash if an invalid parameter is inherited from a previous install.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fotoxx Release 17.08.1

Bugfix:
    Crash if the new "list view" function is used with an image directory outside
     the declared image directories

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fotoxx Release 17.08

  • Technical Changes
  • Thumbnails were enlarged to 512 pixels for faster galleries when using large thumbnails. To implement, delete your present thumbnails so that Fotoxx will generate new thumbnails.
  • Use of shell "cp" command was replaced with a copyfile() function, to make batch functions fail-safe against special characters in file names.
  • New widget types were implemented to make some dialogs smaller, to cover less of the image window. Numbers can be indexed up or down using the mouse wheel, arrow keys, or the +/- keys. The shift key can be held down to increase the step size and index speed by 10x.
  • Functional Changes
  • Video files display as both images (initial frame) and gallery thumbnails. Click to play. Otherwise they behave like image files - editable metadata, albums, search functions, slide show (auto play), etc.
  • Maps: save and recall named map locations - map position and scale.
  • Panorama: the flatten function was made variable and reversible.
  • Retouch Combo: the curve edit user interface was improved.
  • Galleries remember and restore their last scroll position with each view.
  • Select Hairy: improved algorithm, faster and better user interface.
  • Select Area > Find Gap: fatter lines are drawn for better visibility.
  • Custom Kernel: additional functionality. Ten more pre-installed filters.
  • Paint Image: added an HSL color chooser as an additional method.
  • Slide Show: 2 new transitions, 5 others made faster on slow computers.
  • Change Color Profile: EXIF profile name is updated and old profile deleted.
  • Export Image Files: added metadata relevant for photo web services.
  • Additional gallery view: small thumbnails with most relevant metadata.
  • Bug Fixes
  • Slide Show: workaround for GDK-pixbuf scaling bug.
  • Flickr Upload stopped working and was removed. Flickr and other photo web services can upload directly - see User Guide, Recent Changes.
  • A startup album name (if any) was getting replaced with blanks.
  • Retouch Combo: failed if "saved settings" directory missing (create it).
  • Index Image Files: failed if "recent files" file missing (create it).
  • Possible crash if Trim/Rotate [level] button is used (EXIF camera tilt).

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fotoxx release 17.04.3

Bug Fixes:
  •  Manage Albums, Choose Album: [cancel] left all album menus disabled.
  •  Slide Show, zoom image function: fix memory leak.
  •  Select Area, Find Gap: crash if gap search killed before complete.
  •  EXIF data update: poss. crash if input keyword data is null.
  •  Color Profile: liblcms2 can produce RGB values < 0. Replaced these with 0.
  •  File index process sometimes omitted a few files. This was self-repairing.
  •  Metadata Report: leafpad fails to display report file - replaced it.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fotoxx Release 17.04.2

Bug Fixes:
    +  Workaround for GTK draw event loop in Paint Image palette color selection.
    +  Retouch Combo: always update distribution graph for dialog widget changes.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bug Fixes and Miscellaneous

Fotoxx-17.04.1
  • Thumbnail Gallery: crash if RAW file thumbnails are set to a large size
  • Sharpen Image: error message if [apply] button and no method chosen
  • Retouch Combo: [reset] button failed to reset the [amplify] slider
  • Popup Menus: offset from mouse position to make menu cancel easier

Galaxy2-1.3
  • crash if star count is revised and parameters are saved to a file

Lbench-3.4
  • user interface was simplified

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fotoxx Release 17.04

Technical
  • Source code revisions for GTK API changes (Ubuntu 17.04, Fedora 25).
  • Implementation of AppImage, a distro-agnostic packaging format.
  • Smoother gallery scrolling via thread to pre-fetch thumbnail images.
Functionality
  • Image Montage: join selected images together into a compact table format.
    Images included in the table can be clicked to show a full-size image.
  • Paint Image: modified to make it easier to use with a Wacom tablet.
  • Paint Image: use any image as a custom color palette - click to select color.
  • Edited images get an automatic tag, allowing "edited" as a search criteria.
  • Alien Colors effect: repaint an image or area with random strange colors.
  • Stack/Paint: Transient foreground objects can be removed automatically, and
    a moving subject can be shown in multiple positions against the background.
  • Twist effect: twist or swirl an image around a mouse-selected central point.
  • Script Files: most of the special effects functions can now be scripted.
  • Denoise - measure noise: the noise is better characterized as a scatterplot.
  • The desktop wallpaper functions were removed - they don't work with the
    latest Gnome desktop. 
User Interface
  • Paint Image and Clone Image were split into separate functions.
  • Trim/Rotate: margin sides can now be dragged, in addition to the corners.
  • Rename, Copy/Move, Delete/Trash: options were added to keep these dialogs
    open or not (keep open is easier/faster if processing multiple files).
  • Albums can now be sorted like any other gallery, but cannot be edited when
    in an out-of-sequence condition. To edit, re-open the album.
  • User Settings: an album name can be specified as the startup gallery.
Bug Fixes
  • Startup with a file parameter: now works for absolute or relative file name.
  • Correctly handle file and directory names containing '$' characters.
  • Voodoo functions can now be assigned to shortcut keys like any other.
  • Disallow re-sorting of a metadata report, which loses the link between
    images and their metadata. Sort the gallery before generating the report.
  • Copy to Desktop or Clipboard: an edited but unsaved file copies correctly.
  • Trim/Rotate: stop sporadic motion of zoomed image when margins are dragged.
Next release: planned for Oct. 2017 if there is significant new stuff.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fotoxx Release 17.01.2

2017 Feb 28  Fotoxx Release 17.01.2

Bug Fixes:
  • Read TIFF file with alpha channel: alpha data was being ignored.
  • Panorama: crash if images being combined have too little overlap.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fotoxx translation updates

Fotoxx 17.01.1
The Spanish and Catalan translations were updated. No version change.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fotoxx Release 17.01.1

2017 Jan 12  Fotoxx Release 17.01.1
  • Bug Fixes:
  • Possible crash at startup after new image files are found and indexed.
    (This is self-repairing at the next startup.)
  • Crash if the De-noise dialog is quit with the Measure Noise dialog left open.

2017 Jan 08  Ukopp Release 6.2
  • Bugfix: fixed a garbled differences summary report if backup is to a directory
    only, instead of to a device, mount point, and directory.
  • User Guide: an explanation was added about how deleted source files are
    handled in the backup archive - when and how long they are retained.