Shotwell vs. digiKam

How to manage your photos? – That is probably the biggest question for anyone doing anything with a photo camera. As resolutions of cameras grow, the data we have to manage is growing ever. In my case I am talking about more than 50000 photos and videos measuring up to about 200Gb of disk space, constantly growing. There are several photo management softwares out there, I guess the most commonly used ones are Shotwell for the Gnome desktop, digiKam for the KDE world, and FotoXX. I have not used Shotwell and digiKam for quite some time, and collect here my experiences of strength and weaknesses of the two programs. FotoXX seems to be very powerful, too, but I haven’t tested it till now.
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There is no clear winner here, unfortunately. Both have their strength and their weaknesses. And as a consequence I am using both in parallel. Continue reading

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PiwigoPress release 2.31

I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release incorporates new features for the sidebar widget, and better interoperability with some Piwigo galleries.

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The new features are:

  • piwigopress-sortorderSelection of images: Up to now images for the widget were selected at random. The current version allows selecting images either at random (the default as before), but also in ascending or descending order by various criteria (uploaded, availability time, id, name, etc). With this change it is now possible to always display the most recent image(s) from a gallery.
  • Interoperability: Some Piwigo galleries don’t have thumbnail sized representatives. For these galleries the widget was broken and didn’t display any image. We now check for either square or thumbnail.

That’s all, enjoy, and leave your wishlist items and complains at the issue tracker on the github project piwigopress.

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PiwigoPress release 2.30

I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release incorporates some new features, mostly contributed by Anton Lavrov (big thanks!)

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The new features are:

  • Shortcode: multiple ids can be specified, including ranges (not supported in the shortcode generator)
  • Display of image name/title: in addition to the description, also the name/title can be displayed. Here three possible settings can be choosen: 0 – never show titles (default as before), 1 – always show titles, and ‘auto’ – show only titles that do not look like auto-generated titles. (supported in the shortcode generator)

I also checked that the plugin runs with the soon to be released WordPress 4.3, and fixed a small problem with the setting of ‘albumpicture’ not being saved.

That’s all, enjoy, and leave your wishlist items and complains at the issue tracker on the github project piwigopress.

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PiwigoPress release 2.29

I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release incorporates lots of security related fixes by Rüdiger Schulz, bit thanks to him.

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PiwigoPress supported from the very beginning to load images from remote galleries. In the previous version I added support for loading the list of albums, too, from remote galleries. Rüdiger realized that the proxying mechanism used from the very beginning, and which I took over when I took maintainance of the plugin, is insecure in the sense that malicious plugins could use it to load more code. He has now implemented several fixes and security improvements, which gave me a great opportunity to learn about this.

Bottom line: no new features, just security improvements, and I also checked that the plugin runs with the soon to be released WordPress 4.2.

That’s all, enjoy, and leave your wishlist items and complains at the issue tracker on the github project piwigopress.

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PiwigoPress release 2.28

I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release fixes a long open bug.

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Some time ago I added the feature to download images from specific galleries, but this feature only worked out when the Piwigo installation was on the same server. Technical detail: I used JavaScript directly, and the call to the remote JSON interface was blocked by cross-site-scripting policy. By reusing code we had already and proxying the call through PHP, it is now possible (as it should have been from the very beginning!).

That’s all, enjoy, and leave your wishlist items and complains at the issue tracker on the github project piwigopress.

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PiwigoPress release 2.27

I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release adds one feature requested on the support forums.

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The new feature allow to put html code just before and after the images included in the widget. This allows to add some specific formatting code to make the image rotate or align horizontally.

That’s all, enjoy, and leave your wishlist items and complains at the issue tracker on the github project piwigopress.

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PiwigoPress release 2.26

I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress (main page, WordPress plugin dir) to the WordPress servers. This release adds two features requested on the support forums, and tweaks some details.

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The new features and fixes are:

  • A new parameter for widget and shortcode: opntype: ‘_blank’ (open in new window/tab) or ‘_self’ (open in same windows/tab) (Issue 10)
  • set alt parameter of images to ‘name’ (plus ‘comment’, if available) if the piwigo image (Issue 8)
  • make widget configuration background white instead of transparent for readability

That’s all, enjoy, and leave your wishlist items and complains at the issue tracker on the github project piwigopress.

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PiwigoPress release 2.25

I just pushed a new release of PiwigoPress to the WordPress servers. This is only a minor release with very few fixes

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In particular, I fixed some misbehavior of the “load categories” button, and confirmed compatibility with WordPress 4.1.

That’s all, enjoy, and leave your wishlist items and complains at the issue tracker on the github project piwigopress.

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PiwigoPress release 2.24

PiwigoPress is a WordPress plugin that allows inclusion of photos from any (open) Piwigo photo gallery. I am happy to announce that the former maintainer vpiwigo agreed handing over maintenance to me, and allowed me to make a new release that fixes incompatibilities with WordPress 3.9 (and above) and Piwigo 2.7. Big thanks to vpiwigo for his incredible work on this plugin!

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News and changes

  • fix for Piwigo 2.6 version (from the forum)
  • fix for tinyMCE v4 integration (JavaScript code updated) “generate and insert” was broken and only inserted the first image
  • allow url to be “/foo/bar” like on local server, preserving http(s)
  • support //host/path and use either http or https
  • link targets to photo are now within the first category of the photo
  • support pulling from a specific category instead of only from all photos

On top of the explanations in the last post on this blog, I have added the feature to select a specific gallery (category) from a drop-down list to pull photos from, instead of only pulling the most recent photos one.

Development is now down on github project piwigopress, please submit patches, merge requests, issues, and suggestions there.

I will try to keep this plugin alive and kicking, since I am using it a lot!

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PiwigoPress for WordPress 2.9 and above

I have finally found the time to fix some annoying bugs when using PiwigoPress on WordPress 3.9 (and above). In addition, I have added some features I wanted to have.

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Fixes

  • fix for Piwigo 2.6 version (from the forum)
  • fix for tinyMCE v4 integration (javascript code updated)
    “generate and insert” was broken and only inserted the first image

Improvements

The improvements are all targeting encryption of all sources. One problem is that t the moment, when using PiwigoPress, javascript code, css code are loaded via http:// in any case.

The other problem is that the URL for the piwigo server cannot be specified without a protocol and server, in case the piwigo server is on the same host. Now in my case I have the blog in server/blog and the piwigo in server/piwigo, and I would like PiwigoPress to use /piwigo as url and have the proper (currently used) http/https added automatically.

Both of these things have been fixed in the code, that means, that one can now have the full communication encrypted.

The patch is against the lastest version of PiwigoPress, 2.23, and is available at http://www.preining.info/software/piwigopress.diff

Update 2015: I have taken over the maintenance of PiwigoPress, so all the changes are in the official release. Development is now done on github, project piwigopress.

The changes I made are also available via the gitorious project wp-piwigo, see here: https://gitorious.org/wp-piwigo/wp-piwigo/

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