Rapid Photo Downloader
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This one is a very helpful tool for Linux photographers and anyone who deals with large numbers of images. Keeping an image library well organised may not sound too difficult, but this changes once you have thousands of files.
Rapid Photo Downloader (RPD) aims to simplify downloading and sorting files from your digital camera or smartphone. In short, it automatically scans your remote USB devices and quickly generates preview thumbnails for graphic and video files. Then it lets you download files and arrange them in date-based folders.
At first glance, this is nothing really special, as dedicated photo managers such as Digikam or Shotwell have exactly the same features, but RPD can still occupy its niche. The numberone advantage is that it endows you with a strikingly fast yet powerful desktop Linux photography solution, since you may want to get rid of heavyweight photo managers entirely and explore your collection with your favourite file manager.
The top left corner of the app’s window shows switchers for automatic scanning of removable media, as well as your local file system. The right-panel displays the free space details on the currently selected device, and displays a proposed directory layout where your images and video files will be stored after they are imported. This is a perfect dry run that lets you change settings and naming convention before you actually download anything.
But having shared these benefits, we still think it has something more to offer. Go to the Preferences menu (under the hamburger icon) and navigate to the Automate section. Here, you can tell RPD to download your photos and videos after you plug your device in, unmount or eject your media after the download process is complete, and more.
The more you work with RPD, the more advantageous it will be for you.