|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2011)|
Browsing images in F-Spot
|Original author(s)||Ettore Perazzoli|
|Developer(s)||Larry Ewing, Stephane Delcroix, Gabriel Burt, Ruben Vermeersch, Timothy Howard, Stephen Shaw|
|Stable release||0.8.2 / December 19, 2010|
|Written in||C# (GTK#)|
|Operating system||Linux, BSD, Solaris, other Unix-like|
All major photographic image formats are supported, including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, DNG and several vendor-specific RAW formats (CR2, PEF, ORF, SRF, CRW, MRW and RAF). Other supported file types are GIF, SVG and PPM. As of 2008, the RAW formats were not editable with F-Spot. However, newer releases of F-Spot have the DevelopInUFRaw extension, which calls on UFRaw for the conversion work, and then re-imports the resulting JPEG back into F-Spot as a new version of the original RAW.
Photos can be imported directly from the camera. The driver support is provided by libgphoto2. The GNOME desktop environment can also optionally detect if a camera or a memory card has been attached, and import images to F-Spot automatically.
Basic functions such as crop and rotate available alongside more advanced features such as red-eye removal and versioning. The rotate function allows for movements in single degree increments with autocrop, not just 90-degree adjustment. Color adjustments are supported with a histogram. They include an auto- improve and individual brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and temperature.
Photo CDs can be created by selecting multiple photographs and selecting "Export to CD" from the main menu.
Photos in the F-Spot library can be uploaded to a number of online photo storage sites. F-Spot supports two major gallery sites, Flickr and Picasa Web Album, and also using stand-alone web gallery software, including Gallery and O.r.i.g.i.n.a.l. F-Spot can also generate static web gallery sites and export to Facebook. F-Spot automatically downsizes photos before exporting to Flickr, and though the F-Spot web site describes this as "optional," there is no option to not downsize photos before export.
When images are imported into F-Spot, they are written to disk. The folder is /username/Pictures/Photos/[year]/[month]/[Day]. This appears to be undocumented. When the images have been modified in F-spot, the program Commonist can be pointed to this folder and the images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons in the normal way.
The F-Spot project was started by Ettore Perazzoli and is now maintained by Stephen Shaw.
F-Spot is the standard image tool for several GNOME based distributions. However Fedora replaced F-Spot with Shotwell in Fedora 13. Ubuntu has done the same as of 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. It still remains the default in openSUSE.
- Shotwell – digital photo manager for GNOME
- digiKam – digital photo manager by KDE
- Comparison of image viewers