Hub just announced his Niepce digital photography project on Linux. The goal is ambitious: “for those who chose the easy way it is in the same idea than Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture.” As per Hub’s words:
The feature set I wish to see implemented is quite extensive, and the application will be divided in “modules”. The first one, the library is meant to manage the collection of pictures, add metadata, etc. The second module, darkroom, is meant to perform the image editing. Image editing is not like a full blown version of GIMP, but rather a limited and most used set: image adjustments, crop, straighten, dust removal, etc, all performed in a non-destructive mode. This will be for the first milestone, with maybe a few upload modules to export to you favorite image hosting.
Digital camera RAW files will be first class citizen, and actually they should provide the best result, and not be harder to use than JPEG. Metadata will be centered around XMP for maximum interoperability. And of course, color management will be.
Niepce will use of GEGL, libexempi and libopenraw and be licensed as GPLv3. Although it will be quite some time until the first milestone is released, this is definitely a project we want to keep an eye on. Good luck, Hub!
And a view from the Place des Vosges in Paris: