Ten years ago, I started a digital camera software company called Media
Minds, which made photo album software for Macintosh and Microsoft
Windows computers. I saw my first digital camera and thought that
people would soon be shooting millions of digital photos and need
software to organize and share them. Chances are that you have never heard
about that company. Although the software was loaded with advanced
features like adding audio annotations to each photo and image
searching, we were doomed by the camera. The first digital cameras were
too low quality, slow, and had limited capacity, which hindered
widespread adoption. Ten years have passed since Media Minds, and now
digital cameras are stunning in quality and capacity.
I just bought a fantastic new digital camera - the Casio
Exilim. It's so tiny that I can slip it into my pocket, yet it shoots
high quality photos and even has a brilliant LCD display. I've been snapping
shots everywhere I go, but now I have piles of files with names like
"cimg2017.jpg." Sure enough, I need software to organize these photos,
edit a few and then publish them for others to see. That hasn't been
easy using a Linux computer, so I decided to once again build some photo
album software. This week we released an easy-to-use photo organizer called Lphoto, which Linspire users can install with a single mouse click
Lphoto gives desktop Linux a powerful, yet easy photo manager. There
are three modes which walk users through the photo process. First is
"import," where you can add images either from a folder, or by importing them
directly from one of hundreds of popular digital cameras. My new Casio
mounts as a USB device when I plug it, allowing me to add images directly
from the camera.
Next is the "organize" mode, where you can group related images. Here
you can create albums similar to the paper-based cousins you find on
relatives' coffee tables. To create a new album, just click on one or
more images and then drag them to the left column. You'll probably need
to edit some images so double clicking on any image takes you to the
edit mode. Here you can crop, enhance, remove red eye and more with
just a single mouse click.
Once you've perfected your album, you'll want to share them with friends
or co-workers, and Lphoto makes that a snap. One button will send an
entire album of images via email - even offering to auto-compress the
images so they are sent in email-friendly sizes. Another feature will make a
web page of an album. I've made a sample album using some
recent images I shot. Here's a list of the images:
We're releasing Lphoto 1.0 so desktop Linux users have a
quality photo program. Linspire users can get it with a single mouse-click from the Warehouse. We're also making the source code
available, so others can use and improve on Lphoto. It doesn't have near
the features of the Media Minds' PictureAlbum software I released ten
years ago, but it's a great step forward for Linux. You've seen my album, now post a link to
your photo album on our forums!
Downtown Singapore - SIPphone signed a major partnership with Singtel
which gave me a chance to visit this modern and polite city.
- Breaking the Law - Yes, that is a 'no pictures' sign
Buy a coke using your cell phone - Yup, they're doing it in Singapore.
Real Rocky - I shot a picture of this guy shadow boxing while walking
on sharp rocks cemented to point up. Ouch!
Cannonball - It took three attempts to get one of my kids doing an
DLS Booth - The guys at sub300.com had the flashiest Desktop Linux
Petco Park - I finally made it to a game at the new San Diego ballpark.
Phil Nevin - Padre first baseman up to bat.
Lindy - Our company mascot, all grown up.
Sunset - A beautiful San Diego evening.
We've also made a video animation on how Lphoto works which you should
be able to view from any browser. Click here to check it out.
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