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Having used darktable for a few weeks now and editing old pictures (and a few new ones too) I have to say that I have made the switch to darktable!

Hierarchical tags replaced Lightroom's collections (the migration was a pain) and editing - though it takes 10x more time - is great fun. The possibilities are so much improved in comparison to Lightroom and I am just using a few modules for my edits!

In May I'm going on a dive trip to Egypt, editing the underwater pictures will be the elk test for darktable as those pictures always need a lot of editing.

I can hardly recommend anybody to try darktable, especially those of you who are using Linux!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2018 at 17:25
"...I can hardly recommend anybody to try darktable..."

Not to nitpik but it makes a big difference here, I do believe he means heartily
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark Twain Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2018 at 17:30
Originally posted by stiuskr stiuskr wrote:

"...I can hardly recommend anybody to try darktable..."

Not to nitpik but it makes a big difference here, I do believe he means heartily


hehe you got me. In any case, that was not a Freudian slip
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Post Options Post Options   Quote carusoswi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 March 2018 at 10:01
I wonder what message is sent to self when self reads a 'new' thread and finds that self has actually, not only read the thread previously, but actually posted on the thread. I am reading a reply that causes me to nod in agreement more than once as I read, only to find, at the end of the thread, that the poster was me!

My, oh my.

. . . and, not to elevate my prior contribution above any other poster, the thread is informative. DT is quite a powerful application.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2019 at 18:45
My distro (Solus) just recently updated Darktable to 2.7 and the refreshed UI https://discuss.pixls.us/t/new-interface-in-darktable-2-7-dev/12106 ..I must spontaneously say that something must have happened to the speed to, it now feels downright quick when changing between photos and zooming and panning, like how I remember C1 (might be psychological since the re-upped UI but I doubt it's just that). Very nice!

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I've been using DT for about a year now and it works well enough for me on Windows, as a hobbyist without too much demanding requirements.

It gets slower as the size of the library gets larger, unfortunately. This is a BIG deal, especially for people with several years' worth of pics.

I'm intrigued by their "pixel pipe" mechanism that decides on which order to apply operations.
The search feature is quite powerful. Tagging is quite useful and I think you should be able to use "collections" to define arbitrary criteria to define a collection of images.

It's a pretty decent RAW editor and library management system. I've never used Adobe products so I can't compare to LR but apparent DK is meant to be an open source competitor to LR similar to how Gimp is an OS competitor to PS.

Just like RawTherapee, it works very well as a jpg editor as well.

In the end, it's up to the individuals to see if it works for them. Read up the documentation and feature list and see if you like it. It's rather well documented, given that it's an open source product.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2019 at 19:48
Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:



It gets slower as the size of the library gets larger, unfortunately. This is a BIG deal, especially for people with several years' worth of pics.



It'll be interesting to hear if you experience a difference when 2.7 lands for win. My databases (I had two apparently) were upgraded. I have several years of raws.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2019 at 20:36
Here's an overview of DarkTable so that might be useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwndbKZGuCo
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