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    Posted: 27 December 2019 at 19:05
Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

DarkTable 3 is on the way. I'm waiting for it. As of now, it's still a release candidate (aka beta).
The biggest thing would be speed increase. With large portfolios (50K+), it can feel like wading thru waist deep mud in earlier versions.


The time is nigh, tried it yet?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2019 at 23:11
DarkTable 3 is on the way. I'm waiting for it. As of now, it's still a release candidate (aka beta).
The biggest thing would be speed increase. With large portfolios (50K+), it can feel like wading thru waist deep mud in earlier versions.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 December 2019 at 16:02
Windows builds for 2.7 are listed here and someone else finds 2.7 faster than 2.6 : ) https://discuss.pixls.us/t/darktable-2-7-dev-windows-builds/12579/88

I acquired a Nvidia card again and got OpenCL working now and it seems a bit faster still, rather pleasant, maybe it'll inject the will to actually process about two years worth of photos someday soon..
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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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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: 03 September 2019 at 18:53
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 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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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!

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. . . 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 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 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 16:44
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 Tue Romanow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2018 at 22:27
@carusoswi

That's exactly why I use DT for certain jobs. The parametric masking module is extremely powerful when you get to know it properly. I haven't found anything like it in any other application.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote carusoswi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2018 at 21:54
I have been using DT quite a bit lately. I've been aware of it for years, but never really tried to get into it until now. In fact, I never used LR until late last year, but, out of curiosity, tried it and like it very much.

I do not use the database features in either application, just the development modules. Obviously, LR integrates very nicely with PS CC. But, if you are using the latest development version of Gimp, you will discover #1 its installation also includes the installation of DT as a RAW converter. You do your "thing" in DT, close the image, and it automatically opens in GIMP for any further adjustments you care to make.

BTW, the development version of GIMP now handles higher bit depths, also.

The DT as GIMP plugin is what really motivated me to dig into DT.

One thing that DT has that almost no other RAW editor (including LR) has is the ability to localize your adjustments. DT allows you to mask areas to which you want to confine your edits. You can also inverse those masks to apply the changes to all but the masked areas.

This allows you to make more adjustments in the RAW file rather than moving to TIFF in your pixel editor to make those same adjustments.

I find DT to be very powerful and feature-packed.

Loving it so far.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark Twain Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2018 at 18:42
Another try. This one was done in ~10 minutes.

Original:


There is hardly any (micro-)contrast in this picture, also it is dark. So I brightened the picture and avoided the waterfall by applying a parametric mask. I brightened the right side (where the wood) is with a brush. Then I added lots of contrast and cropped to 16:9. Oh boy, that looks much better (though I am not sure about whitebalance and maybe there is too much microcontrast now):


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