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05 January 2011, 12:02

digiKam 2.0.0 Beta 1 adds face recognition

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Zoom digiKam 2.0.0 Beta 1 includes Face Recognition and Image Versioning.
The digiKam development team has issued a first beta for version 2.0.0 of its open source digital photo management application. The first beta will be followed by three additional beta versions and a release candidate. The final release is scheduled to arrive towards the end of May 2011.

According to the developers, starting with the 2.x branch, all of the shared libraries maintained by the team, along with the Kipi plug-ins, will be included and known as the digiKam Software Collection. Version 2.0.0 of digiKam includes all of the project's from last year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) event in which students partnered with mentors from the FLOSS community to improve various open source projects. These contributions included XMP sidecar support and Face Recognition, as well as Image Versioning and Reverse Geocoding.

As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

More details about the release can be found in a post on the digiKam blog. The first beta for digiKam 2.0.0 is available to download from SourceForge. digiKam is licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public Licence (GPLv2). The latest stable release is digiKam 1.7.0 from the end of December.

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