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Darktable 2.0 Released! Installation via PPA Available

Open Source photography application Darktable has released version 2.0 with a number of changes both in GUI and features.

Darktable 2.0 released. Installation for UBuntu LinuxDarktable is not Photoshop alternative for Linux. Instead, it is used for post production editing of raw images, something that DSLR owning photography enthusiasts use a lot.

Normal image viewing applications such as Shotwell, cannot even display raw images. Darktable not only displays the raw images, but you can also do extensive editing of those raw images. This is the reason why Darktable is called ¨virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers¨.

New features in Darktable 2.0

  • ported to gtk-3.0
  • the viewport in darkroom mode is now dynamically sized
  • hidpi enhancements
  • navigating lighttable with arrow keys and space/enter
  • allow adding tone- and basecurve nodes with ctrl-click
  • image information now supports gps altitude
  • new print mode
  • reworked screen color management (softproof, gamut check etc.)
  • delete/trash feature
  • pdf export
  • new “mode” parameter in the export panel to fine tune application of styles upon export
  • new thumbnail cache replaces mipmap cache, improves stability and speed
  • all thumbnails are now properly fully color-managed
  • it is now possible to generate thumbnails for all images in the library
  • asynchronous camera and printer detection
  • noiseprofiles are in external JSON file now
  • aspect ratios for crop&rotate can be added to config file
  • color reconstruction module
  • magic lantern-style deflicker was added to the exposure module (extremely useful for timelapses)
  • text watermarks
  • shadows&highlights: add option for white point adjustment
  • more proper Kelvin temperature, fine-tuning preset interpolation in white balance iop
  • monochrome raw demosaicing (for cameras with color filter array physically removed)
  • raw black/white point module
  • 32-bit support is soft-deprecated due to limited virtual address space
  • numerous memory leaks were exterminated
  • overall stability enhancements
  • More cameras supported now

If you feel overwhelmed reading this long list of features, you can watch this video comparing the features between Darktable 1.6 and 2.0.

Install Darktable 2.0 in Ubuntu based Linux

Installing Darktable 2.0 is easier in Ubuntu based Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, elementary OS etc, thanks to its official PPA.

Open a terminal and use the following commands to install Darktable 2.0:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install darktable

To uninstall Darktable 2.0, use the command below:

sudo apt-get remove darktable

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

Installing Darktable 2.0 in other Linux distributions

Darktable 2.0 should be available in the official repository of your Linux distribution sooner or later. Till then, you can download and use the source code to install Darktable 2.0:

Download Darktable 2.0 Source Code

In related stories, I suggest to read this post to know what kind of photo applications for Linux are available.

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