Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Picty is an open-source photo manager designed around managing metadata and a lossless approach to image handling.
- Supports big photo collections (20,000 plus images).
- Open more than one collection at a time and transfer images between them.
- Collections are:
- Folders of images in your local file system.
- Images on cameras, phones and other media devices.
- Photo hosting services (Flickr currently supported).
- picty does not “Import” photos into its own database, it simply provides an interface for accessing them wherever they are. To keep things snappy and to allow you to browse even if you are offline, picty maintains a cache of thumbnails and metadata.
- Reads and writes metadata in industry standard formats Exif, IPTC and Xmp
- Lossless approach:
- picty writes all changes including image edits as metadata. e.g. an image crop is stored as any instruction, the original pixels remain in the file
- Changes are stored in picty’s collection cache until you save your metadata changes to the images. You can easily revert unsaved changes that you don’t like.
- Basic image editing:
- Current support for basic image enhancements such as brightness, contrast, color, cropping, and straightening.
- Improvements to those tools and other tools coming soon (red eye reduction, levels, curves, noise reduction)
- Image tagging:
- Use standard IPTC and Xmp keywords for image tags
- A tag tree view lets you easily manage your tags and navigate your collection
- Folder view:
- Navigate the directory heirarchy of your image collection
- Multi-monitor support
- picty can be configured to let you browse your collection on one screen and view full screen images on another.
- Create launchers for external tools
- Supports plugins – many of the current features (tagging and folder views, and all of the image editing tools) are provided by plugins
- Written in python – batteries included!
The latest version available is Picty r784, which is still under development.
In this article I will show you how to install Picty r784 on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2, Arch Linux, Manjaro and other Ubuntu and Arch Linux derivative systems.
For Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative systems, Picty r784 is available via PPA, so installing it is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the picty package:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:damien-moore/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install picty
Optional, to remove picty, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove picty
For Arch Linux, Manjaro and derivative systems, Picty is available via AUR, so, in order to get it on your system, do:
$ sudo pacman -Sy yaourt
$ sudo yaourt picty
Optional, to remove Picty, do:
$ sudo yaourt -Rsn picty
You must not run yaourt with sudo in Arch Linux.