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[Solang-users] Solang 0.4 released

From: Debarshi Ray
Subject: [Solang-users] Solang 0.4 released
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 18:54:53 +0200

We are glad to announce the release of Solang 0.4. This is an unstable
release introducing new features and improvements, and has undergone
significant changes.

Solang is a photo manager for GNOME. It lets you manage your
collection of photos by tagging them and searching through them based
on various criteria -- tags, EXIF data, etc; and offers a limited set
of editing functionalities. Under the hood, Solang uses Tracker which
allows it to automatically detect all the photos on your computer and
publishes the tags all across the desktop.

New Features:

*  Replaced our own database with Tracker. SPARQL is used to gain
   access to the meta information about the photos. Photos are in the
   Nepomuk desktop ontology represented by the class nmm:Photo [1].
   Tags are in the same ontology represented in its annotation
   section [2]. They are represented by the class nao:Tag.

*  The folder importer is now obsolete and has been removed because
   Tracker automatically indexes all photos on the system.

*  Photo meta-data are now obtained from Tracker instead of reading
   Exif directly.

*  Improved thumbnail management. Rely on an implementation of the
   Thumbnail Management Specification [3], such as Tumbler, for
   creating thumbnails. Created thumbnails are now stored according to
   the Thumbnail Managing Standard [4].

*  No separate editor renderer. Photos can now be edited directly in
   the enlarged renderer.

*  Moved the UI controls for the browser render's pagination bar and
   zoomer to more standard locations. The previous and next buttons,
   and slider are now part of the main toolbar, while the currently
   displayed range is indicated in the status bar.

*  UI cleanup. No text is shown in the thumbnail view and all additions
   or removals to the search basket are now automatic.

*  New dependencies on GEGLmm, Tracker, D-Bus GLib and the D-Bus services. Minimum required
   version of GEGL is 0.1.x.

*  Dropped dependencies on Exiv2, Flickcurl, LibGdamm, LibGPhoto2,
   LibSoup and WebKit Gtk+.


* Camera and Flickr importers are absent.

* There is no date view or searching based on dates.

* Changes made to photos can not be saved and there is no undo/redo.

* The scale, brightness, contrast and saturation operations are missing
  from the editor.

* Tags do not have an icon associated with them.


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