I have written about digiKam in the past. That was more of an overall review of a great piece of open source software. Recently, I have had the opportunity to use the individual features of digiKam more in detail. One of the features that I use most frequently is “Batch Editing”. Honestly I used to use Phatch for all my batch editing needs until a few weeks ago. However, since the time that I have started using digiKam for my photographic workflow needs, i find myself using Phatch less and less.
The benefits of using a single program for photo editing far outweighs the need for separate specialist software for each activity, (which is why I also wonder why Adobe Lightroom is not a part of the standard Adobe Photoshop package to start with). But lets forget about non-free software for the time being and get back to digiKam. The images to be worked upon can be selected from the image library itself.
The batch editing module is pretty powerful. As you can see from the screenshot below, you can specify a number of actions to conduct on the set of images that have been chosen. The batch editing screen provides all the settings in a simple to understand and easy to configure interface. Apart from choosing the actions you can specify the target folder for saving the edited images and you also have the option to specify the settings of all the chosen actions.
The difference between using digiKam and using Phatch is that digiKam provides the option to carry out other editing actions on the images before carrying out the batch actions. There are many actions available in digiKam that cannot be carried out in batch. Like colour correction or croping a particular area of the image. The actions provided in the digiKam batch action list are also only the kind that you would only carry out in batch.
The actions are carried out in a very verbose manner (like most open source software) and the results delivered quickly. digiKam is an active developed piece of software and rivals commercial software like Adobe Lightroom in functionality and features. Having used both I see no reason to spend money on Adobe Lightroom when a quality software like digiKam is present.