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Organize, Enjoy, and Share Your Photos with F-Spot

F-Spot is an image organizer, designed to provide personal photo management for the GNOME desktop.

F-Spot aims to have an interface that is simple to use, yet still supports advanced features such as tagging images and displaying and exporting Exif and XMP metadata.

All major photographic image formats are supported, including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, DNG and several vendor-specific RAW formats (CR2, PEF, ORF, SRF, CRW, MRW and RAF). Other supported file types are GIF, SVG and PPM. However, as of 2008, the RAW formats were not editable with F-Spot. But newer releases of F-Spot have the DevelopInUFRaw extension, which call on UFRaw for the conversion work, and then reimport the resulting JPEG back into F-Spot as a new version of the original RAW.

Photos can be imported directly from the camera. The driver support is provided by libgphoto2. GNOME desktop environment can also optionally detect if a camera or a memory card has been attached, and import images to F-Spot automatically.

Basic functions such as crop, rotate and resize are available alongside more advanced features such as red-eye removal and versioning. Color adjustments are supported, including brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and temperature.

Photo CDs can be created by selecting multiple photographs and selecting "Export to CD" from the main menu.

Photos in the F-Spot library can be uploaded to a number of online photo storage sites. F-Spot supports two major gallery sites, Flickr and Picasa Web Album, and also using stand-alone web gallery software, including Gallery and O.r.i.g.i.n.a.l. F-Spot can also generate static web gallery sites and export to facebook.

F-Spot is a full-featured personal photo management application for the GNOME desktop.

F-Spot simplifies digital photography by providing intuitive tools to help you share, touch-up, find and organize your images.

Get F-Spot

The most recent version of F-Spot is, released Oct 29, 2009. (Download)

For a list of what has changed, please check the Release News.

Binary packages are available from most distributions.

You can try F-Spot without installing anything by using Live CDs from many popular GNU/Linux distributions.

Simple User Interface

The main F-Spot user interface in Browse mode is shown. F-Spot supports 16 common files types, including JPEG, GIF, TIFF, RAW, and others.

Import your photos from your hard drive, camera (including PTP type), or iPod.

Photos can be tagged for searching and grouping, and the timeline gives quick sense of temporal location, and quanity of photos taken. F-Spot can view and export EXIF and XMP metadata in your images.

Other features include fullscreen and slideshow modes.

Photo Editor

Editing photos in F-Spot is a breeze. Easily rotate, crop, resize, and adjust red eye and other color settings with a few simple clicks.

Versioning ensures your originals are never altered.

Enter descriptions of photos that are saved in the actual file so other people and programs will be able to see them, whether they use F-Spot or not.

Color Adjustments

F-Spot allows for quick and precise color adjustments, including brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and temperature.

Tag Icon Editor

Easily create your own tag icons directly from your own photos, or use one of the many stock icons. Learn more

about tags.

Create Photo CD

Creating a CD of photos is just clicks away. Simply select the photos you wish to have on CD, and choose "Export to CD" from the main menu.

Export to Web (flickr, picasa etc)

If you have a

Flickr, 23, Picasa Web or SmugMug account, F-Spot can export photos to it, while optionally resizing your selection, and preserving tags and metadata.

You can also export to Gallery or O.r.i.g.i.n.a.l. powered websites, or a nicely themed static webpage.


Additional features can be enabled by installing extensions.

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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