Settings and preferences
If you don’t like it, change it!
T he configurable parameters on darktable are split across different tabs. You can change the look and feel of
darktable, such as the width of the side panels, from the GUI options tab. The core tab covers the elements that affect the project’s operation such as the amount of memory used for thumbnails. You can similarly tweak various other bits from the shortcuts, presets and the sessions options tabs. The user manual covers all of the different options for each tab.
Like darktable, DigiKam’s configuration dialog is also split into different categories. The tool uses SQLite database by default for storing important information such as metadata and image thumbnails, but you can alternatively use MySQL, too. The documentation also describes the procedure to migrate data from one to the other. You can change various other settings such as how previews are displayed, and even define the import settings for your devices such as DSLRs.
Unlike darktable and DigiKam, Fotoxx’s preferences management system comes across as a bit of a rank amateur. You must click the Tools button on the sidebar and then click User Settings for tweakable parameters relating to the display, supported file types and so on.
Click Edit>Preferences to launch LightZone’s Preferences dialog. If you wish to use a common copyright message on all your edited images, you can type it up in the copyright tab and then add it to the metadata of images where you wish to use, without having to type it again. The tool also enables you to define settings for saving files, such as output format and the colour profile.
The categories preferences on DigiKam and darktable are much better than the split across different dialog boxes as with Fotoxx.