Rapid Photo Down­loader

An im­age tool to help you get on top of your pho­tos. FREE | DAMONLYNCH.NET/RAPID

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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.

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