Whenever someone talks about managing photos iPhoto is the app that comes to mind. There is little doubt that Apple got it right with iPhoto. It’s ability to organize and even edit photos has become the standard to which all other photo management apps are judged. Obviously, you have to have a Mac in order to use iPhoto, but if you use Linux, there are other options. Enter Shotwell. Shotwell is a free and open source application designed to manage your photos.
The interface of Shotwell is much like that of all the photo apps but it reminds me most of iPhoto. Shotwell will automatically import your pictures and organize them by date for you so you can easily find what you are looking for. You can create events and even flag and add tags to your photos to make them easier to find.
Shotwell also gives you the ability to edit your photos and like iPhoto, offers a selection of the basic editing tools you need to improve the look of your shots quickly and easily. With one button press you can automatically enhance your photo. Don’t like the automatic enhance feature? Not a problem. Simply revert the original and then fine tune the shot yourself with editing features such as remove red eye, rotate and crop. You can even manually adjust the Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Temperature and Shadows on each image to get the look you are wanting for each and every photo in your library.
In addition to all these features, Shotwell comes with the ability to share your photo masterpieces with the world with integration with Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and Piwigo. Simply select the photo in your library and click on Publish and you will be able to publish your photo to any of those services.
iPhoto might be the top dog when it comes to photo management, but Linux users aren’t left out in the cold by any means. Shotwell is definitely the next best thing and in many ways it meets and exceeds the standards set by Apple’s iPhoto. Shotwell is free software and can be installed quickly and easity through most of the software repositories for most any distribution you can think of. You can always download and install it yourself from the Shotwell website as well. Shotwell is a great piece of software that is perfect for anybody to organize, edit and even share their photos from Linux and, in my opinion, is a must have for anyone using Linux.