Archive for the ‘Photos’ Category
I spent most of the previous week attending the Content Apps Hackfest in Madrid. The agenda was to work on GNOME’s content applications: Documents, Files, Music, Photos and Videos; to identify missing features and sore points; and raise the standard of the overall content experience in GNOME. Of these, I focused mainly on Documents and Photos.
The first day was spent discussing high-level goals:
- Previews – should the content applications take over the role played traditionally by Evince and Eye of GNOME?
- Status and plans about sharing. We are still waiting for a platform-wide sharing framework, but since it is a crucial feature for some of the applications, it has become a case of perfection being the enemy of good.
- Porting away from GtkIconView to GtkFlowBox. GtkIconView has some very visible problems – it becomes terribly slow when the images are updated; the grid’s content doesn’t re-flow when the size of the widget changes leading to an awkward gutter appearing on the side; cannot pack any GTK+ widget into a GtkCellRenderer.
I set up a live Google Hangouts stream on my laptop to let those who couldn’t attend in person to join us remotely. With Andreas’ help, I fixed the HiDpi breakage in Photos’ cropping tool, Bastien fired some new LibreOffice builds, while the other Bastian revamped Documents’ wiki page.
The second day started with breakfast in Florian’s flat. It was less chatty with people quietly hacking away, presumably, to rest their tired throats. Bastien picked up Pranav’s patches to integrate LOKDocView widget in Documents. I worked a bit on polishing rough edges in Photos’ editing code, and tried to keep up with the endless stream of patches from Alessandro and Umang.
Discussions picked up a bit on the third and final day. Allan spent a lot of time talking to the developers of each application. UX reviews were done, new designs were made, and future plans were sketched out. I spent some time with him working on a roadmap for Photos. We are still cleaning up our rough notes and transferring them to the wiki, but I think it is good enough for others to take a look. Øyvind paid us a surprise visit, and we grabbed the opportunity for some impromptu chat.
We have continued our work towards having a nice set of core applications for finding and selecting the user’s content. Documents, which is the eldest, received a round of thorough bug squashing for GNOME 3.12. It is a much more mature and well-behaved application now than it was six months ago, mainly due to the work of our QA teams – both upstream and downstream. Photos received a set of nice new features and is well on its way towards fulfilling the role it was designed for.
This was something that was sorely lacking in the previous releases. With the increase in the number of online sources, the inability to be able to filter the content based on some parameters was badly felt. But not any more.
The documentation team has paid a lot of attention to the end-user help for these two applications. Older pages have been refreshed and newer ones written, and I can easily say that GNOME 3.12 will be one of the best in terms of documentation coverage.
We got robbed in Barcelona the day before yesterday. It happened a little after 23:00 hr on the Passeig de Colom. We could have lost more, but in the end it was just my Canon EOS 60D with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens attached to it.
We filed a report at the police station on Carrer Nou de la Rambla with the serial numbers of the devices. We believe we have identified one of the two robbers — the one who had confronted us from the front. I must say that the police were friendly and helpful, and they had people who spoke good English.
But that is not the point of this blog post.
Thanks to my friend, Arjun, we figured out that the EXIF data has the serial number of the camera and the lens embedded in it; and if, like me, you upload your photos to Flickr, you can easily see all the metadata even if you do not have any fancy photography software at hand. This makes me wonder if it is possible for websites like Flickr or Facebook or Imgur to flag uploads originating from a tainted device. Client-side programs could do this too. I guess, this needs some kind of stolen cameras and lenses database, which could be tricky. Does something like this exist?
Anyway, I will leave the details of my stolen camera and lens here to leave a trail in the sands of the Internet.
- Serial number: 1881125429
- Internal serial number: WB0778966
- Lens serial number: 0000124725
- Flickr support.
- The ability to push to digital media renderers (or DMRs) using dLeyna.
- A new selection pattern and title bar.
After a year of development, I am happy to announce GNOME Photos 3.8.0. This completes the last unfinished GNOME 3.8 feature – Photos is now the latest in the set of Finding & Reminding applications for GNOME 3.
Even though it is a preview in GNOME 3.8, Photos already has a nice set of well-rounded features.
- Albums – create, add to, remove from and delete albums
- Favorites – mark and unmark items as favorites
- Printing, setting background and properties, etc.
With the basics now in place, we are going to start filling in some of the gaps during the 3.9.x/3.10 cycle.
- Cloud integration – starting with Flickr and Facebook
- Search – including a search provider for GNOME Shell
I am of the opinion that every contributor to a free software project should be thanked. No matter how prolific or sporadic. There are many ways to do it — having a section in the release notes is one common example, the AUTHORS file is another, or if it is a program with a graphical user interface of its own then the about dialog is a very good option. In fact, the about dialog is the best option because it is more persistent than the release notes (ie. does not change from one release to another), and is shinier than a plain AUTHORS file. Not to mention the fact that it is much more visible.
However, it is a pain. While there are scripts lying around to generate the credits for the release notes, I have not seen the same for the about dialog. No doubt it is outdated in every application, which is a shame.
We can do better. For Photos, I decided to generate the list from Git. First I generate an AUTHORS file, and then use it to create a pair of C header and source files which contain the array of strings that can be fed to gtk_about_dialog_set_authors. From now on every new contributor will see her name show up in the about dialog immediately after making her first commit.
It would be nice if this caught on and other application maintainers decided to do something similar.