Category Archives: Announcements

Shotwell 0.6.1 released

Yorba has released Shotwell 0.6.1, an update to our digital photo
manager.  We would like to thank all of our bug testers and translators for their excellent work.

It is highly recommended that all users upgrade.

Major improvements since 0.5 include:

 * Basic support for RAW images, including import support for all common formats like CR2 and DNG
 * Full support for working with PNG images
 * Users can now zoom into photos
 * A new preferences dialog
 * The ability to open photos in an external editor, such as the GIMP, from within Shotwell
 * Photo tags and titles are imported automatically from XMP and IPTC
 * A photo trash can
 * Numerous bug fixes and improved language support

Download a source tarball from the Shotwell home page at:

Binaries for Ubuntu Lucid or Maverick are available at Yorba’s PPA:

Fillmore and Lombard released

We are pleased to announce the first release of yorba’s multi-media creation tools, Lombard and Fillmore.

Fillmore is an open-source multi-track audio editor for Gnome, based upon GStreamer and written in Vala.  You can record one mono track at a time.  You can create multiple tracks and sequence your audio to create songs, podcasts, stories.  You can export your project to an Ogg-Vorbis file. 

Lombard is an open-source video editor for Gnome, based upon GStreamer and written in Vala.  You can import and arrange your video clips using Lombard.  If you would like to add extra audio tracks for music or voice overs, open up your Lombard project in Fillmore.

We are currently working on version 0.2 of both products and would love to hear what features you would like next.

You can read more about fillmore and lombard here.

Publishing is Ready for Prime Time!

With the release of Shotwell 0.6 coming up, we’ve started the process of updating documentation. In addition to Shotwell’s familiar user documentation, which Allison has been diligently cranking away on to great effect, there’s also the Architecture Overview, a technical document that describes Shotwell’s underlying design. Of more interest to programmers than users, the Architecture Overview is the go-to document for understanding how all of Shotwell’s pieces fit together. Because I wrote a lot of the publishing subsystem, it fell to me to document it for the Architecture Overview. And as I was writing up my description of the publishing subsystem’s design earlier today, I realized something: publishing is ready for prime time.

What I mean by this is that if you’re a software developer and there’s a web service you’d like to publish photos to that’s not supported in Shotwell right now (SmugMug and Zooomr come to mind), then building support for it into Shotwell shouldn’t be too hard. There is one major caveat: the service you’re interested in supporting must provide a REST interface. But if that key requirement is met, you should be able to adapt the Shotwell publishing system to your needs in no time.

Adding new publishing services will get easier once we have a dynamically-loadable plug-in system in Shotwell (see ticket #182), but even today it’s straightforward. If you’re interested, start by scrolling through the “Photo Publishing” section of the Architecture Overview. Once you get a feeling for the classes the make up a typical web connector and how they interact, you’re not far from subclassing them for use with your own web service.

If you do end up building your own web connector in Shotwell, by all means send us a patch. Pending a code review, we’d love to include it in the next version of Shotwell!

Shotwell 0.5.0 released

Yorba has released Shotwell 0.5.0, a major update to our digital photo manager.  This release includes a host of new features, including:

* Photos can be tagged and organized by tag, creating a new tool for managing your photo collection
* Printing
* Photos can be published to Google’s Picasa Web Albums service
* Photo exposure date and time can be set and shifted
* Photos can be set as your desktop background directly from Shotwell
* Photo import runs in the background, making imports smoother and more fluid
* Publishing photos to web services is more responsive
* New or updated language support for French, Italian, German, Simplified Chinese, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Polish, and Portuguese.
* Other stability and performance improvements

We highly recommend that all Shotwell users upgrade.

Yorba would like to thank all of our bug testers and translators, without whom this release would not have been possible. We’d like to specially thank Martin Olsson, for his rigorous testing of Shotwell 0.5, and Kaj-Ivar van der Wijst, for his stylish redesign of the Yorba website.

We’d also like to think our friends at Red Hat for making Shotwell the default photo manager in Fedora 13 alpha!

You can download a source tarball from the Shotwell home page at:

or grab a binary for Ubuntu Karmic or Lucid via Yorba’s Launchpad PPA at:

Shotwell 0.4.0 released

We’ve released Shotwell 0.4.0, Yorba’s photo organizer for the GNOME desktop.  We’ve been cranking along the past two months (has it only been two months?) to get this version out before the end of December, and the hard work paid off.

Probably our most-requested feature to date has been publishing photos to Facebook and Flickr.  Shotwell 0.4.0 now offers both.  I’m pleased with the result, especially being able to log in to these services in Shotwell itself rather than through an external browser.  We have big plans on making Shotwell play well on the Web and with other Web services, so stay tuned.

Other big additions include more language packs, thanks to the work of translators from around the globe.  Shotwell 0.4.0 features complete or all-but-complete translations for Italian, German, Polish, Estonian, and Swedish.

Finally, Shotwell 0.4.0 has been ported to Windows and a binary installer is now available.  This is an alpha release with some limits, including a lack of camera support and no Facebook/Flickr publishing.  However, we were surprised with the (relative) ease of porting Shotwell to Windows.  GTK and Vala’s portability were a huge boon in this process.

We’re always looking for feedback, so let us know what you think.  Hope you enjoy!