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Darktable For Open-Source Photography

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Published on 21 January 2012 09:28 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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For those less than impressed by Corel releasing some professional-grade Linux photography software earlier this month, Adobe still not providing native Linux clients for their popular applications, and haven't been fond of the major open-source photography programs out there, you may want to try out Darktable.

For those that haven't heard of Darktable previously, it's an in-development open-source photo workflow program. The software can also fully support RAW images and provides a virtual lighttable and darkroom for those interested in photography.

Darktable is currently supported under Linux and Mac OS X and has fully non-destructive editing, the core functions use 4x32-bit floating point pixel buffers, SSE instruction support on modern processors, supports OpenCL for run-time GPU acceleration, built-in ICC profile support, and can handle sRGB / Adobe RGB / XYZ / linear RGB. There's also extensive filtering / sorting / searching options for collected images. Additionally, this open-source program also can handle tethered shooting, has a powerful export system, and many other offerings that can be enabled through Darktable plug-ins.

The last release was Darktable 0.9.3 in November of last year when it brought SSE optimizations, bug-fixes, and other updates.

For those wishing to learn more about this high-end open-source Linux photo management/editing program, visit Darktable.org. There isn't any breaking news to share about this project today, but Darktable has been brought to my attention a few times by Phoronix readers since Corel's AfterShot Pro Linux release earlier this month, which ended up being mostly a re-branded version of Bibble Pro.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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