Shotwell photo manager offers hierarchic tags and BMP support
The Yorba developers have released version 0.11 of their open source Shotwell photo manager for the GNOME desktop. The main change in the new version is simplified photo management. Individual photos can now be sorted hierarchically using tags into freely defined headings, allowing photos of your cat, for example, to be saved under 'general animal photos', making them easier to find later.
There are also enhancements to the way photos are imported. Shotwell now remembers which photos have already been imported from a camera and hides them during the import process by default, thus avoiding transferring duplicate images to the user's computer. Images which are stored both in the camera's RAW format and in JPEG format are now treated as a single image and are likewise no longer displayed twice. The developers have also added Windows Bitmaps (BMP) to the list of supported image formats.
More details about the release can be found in a post on the Yorba blog. Pre-compiled binaries of Shotwell 0.11 are available to download for Fedora and Ubuntu; documentation is also provided. Shotwell is the default photo manager in Fedora and Ubuntu 10.10, and its source code is licensed under version 2.1 of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL v2.1).