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Shotwell is a powerful photo manager for GNOME, and a good alternative to applications such as DigiKam (for KDE) or Fotoxx. Shotwell comes with features such as organizing tools, editing photos by applying various adjustments, tags and has support for formats like JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, RAW photo images and video files.

Shotwell 0.22 comes with several new features, like improved metadata support for Facebook upload, saved search fix, import title and exposure time when available, several UI improvements, and the ability to sort photos by filename.

Here are the main features of Shotwell, according to the official homepage:

  • Import from disk or camera
  • Organize by time-based Events, Tags (keywords), Folders, and more
  • View your photos in full-window or fullscreen mode
  • Crop, rotate, color adjust, straighten, and enhance photos
  • Slideshow
  • Video and RAW photo support
  • Share to major Web services, including Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube

Install Shotwell 0.22.0 in Ubuntu 14.04/14.10 and Mint 17/17.1

From PPA

A PPA is available for Trusty, Utopic and Vivid, but at the time of writing Shotwell 0.22.0 is available in the PPA only for Ubuntu 14.10 and the upcoming 15.04. For Trusty, currently only Shotwell 0.20.0 is available. Once the PPA will be updated, you will be able to install the latest Shotwell release by typing the following commands in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install shotwell

Compiling from Source (Ubuntu 14.10+ Only)

1. Download the source tarball

Get the source code from here (direct link here)

2. Uncompress the tarball

tar -xf shotwell-0.22.0.tar.xz

3. Install the development libraries

sudo apt-get build-dep shotwell

4. Compile and install Shotwell

sudo make install

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