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  1. The one thing that wasn’t clear was what your actual workflow is with regards to programs. Do you use DigiKam or Darktable or both? AFAIK both employ file based organization, but DT probably can do stuff like smart collections as well? I am thinking of leaving Lightrrom as well, so really pondering what to do. From what I have been reading, DT isn’t that good at photo editing, but I was thinking of using RawTherapee for the actual editing and DK or DT for the organization.

    I have close to 100K images, and I hate LR’s slow performance. How do you think it compares to DT or DK with regards to previewing and such?

    1. Mathias Hueber says: Reply

      You are right, I am currently working on the new workflow. The plan is to use DT and DK together. DK for DAM, DT for raw-editing. I have read that a problem with DT is the performance with huge libraries. Therefore I ll try to use DK for this.

  2. J-luc says: Reply

    Thank you for this very interesting article.
    Howerver i noticed that the tags between darktable and Digikam doesn’t work so much.
    The issue occurs when you delete a tag in Digikam.
    The deleted tag is known in darktable’s database so when you close DKT, the tag is re-exported in the xmp, and is imported in digikam when I re-open Digikam.
    thus, i can’t delete a tag in Digikam. Perhaps, I missed something…


    1. Mathias Hueber says: Reply

      Good point. I have to investigate a bit further, unfortunately haven’t had enough time in the last weeks.

  3. Graham Byrnes says: Reply

    Big frustration for me is that versions of the images edited in darktable are not seen in DK, I see only the original image… or am I doing something wrong?
    In particular I transform most of my photos into B&W, but in DK the thumbnails are still in colour. Maybe there is a way of persuading darktable to write a thumbnail of the edited image so that it can be read by DK… but this seems unlikely if the raw file is left unmodified, and DK is unable to interpret much of the editing commands in the xmp 🙁

    1. Mathias Hueber says: Reply

      I think you are right. There is no way on updating the previews integrated in raw file by DT. At least I do not know any. I do not have the problem due to my workflow. I will post my workflow soon. You can also have a look in the other lightroom article.

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