Goodbye F-Spot. Hello Shotwell.

I’ve finally found a photo organiser for Linux I can live with, Shotwell. Shotwell is a photo organiser for Gnome that I’ve been testing for a few months now but the recent 0.5 release which added tagging and printing, it means Shotwell is finally ready replace F-Spot on my workstation.

Shotwell is intuitive, well documented, extremely easy to use and reliable. It’s easy to dismiss Shotwell as an over simplified photo manager. But once you start using it, you’ll quickly appreciate its clean interface and easy-to-use tools. Don’t just take my word for it either, Shotwell is now the default photo manager in Fedora 13 alpha. Here is a quick run down of the features.

  • Import photos from folders or from any digital camera supported by gPhoto.
  • Shotwell automatically groups photos taken at the same time. You can also use tags to organize your photo collection.
  • You can rotate, crop, reduce red-eye, and adjust the exposure, saturation, tint, and temperature of each photo.
  • Publish photos to Facebook, Flickr and Picasa Web Albums.

Shotwell provides a non-destructive way to tweak your photos. Instead of modifying the original photos, Shotwell stores all edits in a database and applies them on-the-fly as necessary. This means that you can easily undo all edits. Shotwell comes equipped with all the usual photo enhancing tools and slideshow. You can download a source tarball from the Shotwell home page at or grab a binary for Ubuntu Karmic or Lucid via Yorba’s Launchpad PPA.


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