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GNOME Photos: a preview

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Last weekend, in the spirit of perfection being the enemy of good, I rolled out the first preview tarball of GNOME Photos. Based heavily on Documents, it is the latest in the set of Finding & Reminding applications for GNOME 3.


Written by Debarshi Ray

20 November, 2012 at 05:05

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  2. Cool! Can you elaborate a bit on the planned feature set – for this version and the next ones? Does this use tracker as a backend?

    Alexander Hunziker

    20 November, 2012 at 11:06

    • Hi, Alexander. Yes, it uses Tracker, just like Documents. It is still too early to give a well-defined roadmap — there is simply so much to do. 🙂 Having said that, the two things that I would really like to get done are albums and favourites. They should appear as separate tabs as you can see in the design:

      Debarshi Ray

      20 November, 2012 at 11:33

  3. Are you talking to the Shotwell developers?
    It seems like you could save a lot of effort just by redesigning the Shotwell storage backend and user interface and renaming it (at least, the user-visible parts).

    I’m yet to meet a user who has photos, but doesn’t want collections, tags, ordering, ratings, and generally most of the features Shotwell already provides.

    Sorry to sound negative, but I really can’t see what problem it solves.


    20 November, 2012 at 12:38

    • Once you redesign the storage the backend, then the UI, then the strings, there isn’t much left, is there? 🙂

      The idea behind the core GNOME applications will become a little clear if you read the first part of These are not 3rd party applications.

      Yorba is one of few the 3rd parties that writes apps for GNOME, and Shotwell is such an application. It is a welcome addition to GNOME. Lots of us use it. We love those people at Yorba. They are a welcome and valuable addition to our ecosystem.

      However revamping Shotwell to be a core GNOME application means that Yorba loses their individual identity. They can not differentiate any more because these apps are meant to identify and integrate strongly with GNOME. They are not meant to be distributed as add-ons or via some kind of application store. They are always going to be there, as an integral part of the OS or desktop (or whatever you want to call) that is GNOME.

      This would make it very difficult for Yorba to find viable business models to fund their existence. You could read about Adam & Jim’s keynote at GUADEC:

      Debarshi Ray

      20 November, 2012 at 15:22

      • Well, “albums” seems a pleasant design, this gnome-photos indeed seems something different : kind of gnome vanilla flavor. I would really love to have such kind of 100% gnome 3 application for each task – each application matching as many common principles as possible, for the sake of usability / clarity.

        Obviously it will still possible to use 3rd parties alternatives when specific needs rise. To me these designs sound as a “nice and full default ecosystem” goal.


        21 November, 2012 at 11:54

  4. Hello debarshiray…
    im succesfully install gnome-photos in my laptop, but your app cant running.

    error message on terminal:

    sudo gnome-photos

    ** (gnome-photos:24407): WARNING **: Unable to connect to the Tracker database: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.freedesktop.Tracker1 was not provided by any .service files

    Sorry for my bad english…



    20 November, 2012 at 18:05

  5. Very nice!


    20 November, 2012 at 20:57

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  7. Hi,

    Would there be a way to import shotwell metadata to this app? Currently, shotwell is the organizer most of us use with gnome: it’s pretty awesome. I’d hate to have to re-organize all my photos when I move to gnome-photos once it’s feature complete 🙂


    Ankur Sinha

    10 February, 2013 at 11:02

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