I'm thinking of the next steps with dlRaw...
Actually, it will finally become an open source photo editor, so bitmaps may be opened as well and exchange with Gimp is possible. It will be just an editor, since I think there are very good photo managers around (and I don't want to mess with them ). However you can tag and rate your picture and digikam and F-Spot will understand this.
So, during the last months I've learned more about programming and now I think I'm fit enough for the bigger changes. But of course the next steps might lead in a lot of different directions, and I want to choose the best one possible... Therefore I think it's good to have a clear vision how the final program should work and what features it will have. And since there are many opinions around I would like to ask for users (your!) insight on what you expect from a photo editor.
So the main questions are:
- What filters do you think are essential (useful on many photos) and are still missing?
- How would you like to handle the many controls and options (400+ and growing)?
- Do you have any ideas to improve the workflow or the usability?
- Which other problems do you see?
Here is a short list of already planned things (no special order):
- Plain and intuitive user interface.
- Preset menu.
- Again better denoising and denoising by color and by luminance.
- Heal and spot repair (although this will take some time).
- Better demosaicing (waiting for perfectRAW to go opensource like announced).
- Feedback of currently active filters.
- CA correction like fulla does.
- Perspective correction.
- Bug hunting and optimising
If you want to test the workflow yourself just check the 20091024 preview http://www.mm-log.com/dlraw/download (besides some filters, bitmap opening and the theme it is basically the same...)
For those who haven't tried any of the preview versions, here is a small video on youtube showing the workflow with my current dev version.
I'm looking forward to your insights and inspiration