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Darktable Reviews

darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer.

Social recommendations and mentions

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  • I've seen it with Adobe
    No, unfortunately not. But check out the free Darktable app which is similar on and also this list - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Exporting a RAW file. Is it possible without the format changing? If I export to another folder on my mac it becomes a .jpeg, to Lightroom it becomes a .jpg, to Photoshop it becomes a .tiff. I want to be able to edit the RAW file, a .dng in another app that is not Apple proprietary.
    It sounds like you might want non-destructive editing. Look at something like or Lightroom. You can edit your RAW files in multiple different ways, i.e., effectively keeping multiple copies of edited RAW files around. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • Software to edit and enhance Photos (JPG and RAW).
    If you're looking to learn more complicated software without having to rent it while you do, there's Darktable. Rawtherapee is another app in the same category, and usually appeals to people who don't like Darktable's interface. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Open-source personal blog sites
    I still build from scratch occasionally (I built from scratch but that's still using Pelican as the SSG). These days I'm not above dropping in a framework like bootstrap or tailwind or skeleton (used for and just focusing on fiddling. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Photo and video settings for realistics beamshots
    RAW, on the other hand, when rendered to a screen will look bad. It will be low-contrast and desaturated, which you'll need to adjust to your liking in a photo editor before exporting as a jpeg. Snapseed is a decent on-device option for Android with a shallow learning curve. Darktable is a powerful PC-based editor with a steeper learning curve. There's also a bunch of paid stuff, with Adobe Lightroom being the... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • What is the best Linux distro for a Windows user to edit photos and 4k video on?
    As for adobe apps, I highly doubt that those would work (never tried it myself tho). I personally use darktable as a replacement for LR and gimp as a replacement for PS. For video editing, kdenlive is a good choice that should work on almost every distro, although I like DaVinci Resolve more. The problem with resolve is, that officially it just supports CentOS as distro, but there is an unofficial installer out... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Darktable

Our 6 Favorite Free Photoshop Alternatives (2022 Update)
Darktable is a free, open-source photo editing software that is used by photographers and editors and is a wonderful alternative to the likes of Photoshop and Lightroom.
5 Best Linux Photo Management Software
Darktable is more of a photo editing application than an organizer. Darktable stands out for its own user interface regardless of the desktop environment you might be using, and of course for its editing capabilities. The basic features include:

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