On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 6:46 AM, Sven Claussner <scl.gp...@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi,

sorry if I'm asking the wrong question but I feel I have to.
Since 18.04.2016 there is a raw importer plug-in in GIMP master
that calls darktable to do its job. With the same commit
the GEGL NEF importer was disabled which is a quite clear sign
of the devs' preferences.

What has led to this decision?
Did anybody compare the various ways to import raw files
into GIMP (GEGL, darktable, ufraw, photoflow etc.)?


Darktable is a very good raw processor, but it's not everyone's preferred raw processor. For example I use PhotoFlow for processing raw files. PhotoFlow has a GIMP plug-in that works under Linux and Windows and I think also Mac.

I was a little concerned to see the darktable-specific code appear in GIMP master. But after installing the PhotoFlow plug-in in a "default" copy of GIMP from git and trying to open a raw file, GIMP did bypass darktable and allow PhotoFlow to open the raw file. So it looks like GIMP users do have a choice of which raw processor to use when opening a raw file from within GIMP. Hopefully this will always be the case.

Will there be (or is there already) a way in the GIMP UI for users to have more than one raw plug-in installed? plus a way to choose which raw processor to use when opening a raw file? The various free/libre raw processors provide various editing options, and many people do occasionally or routinely switch away from whatever raw processor they tend to use the most.

Speaking specifically of the GIMP-darktable code, it seems the GIMP-darktable code opens an already-processed 8-bit jpeg. It doesn't open the darktable raw processor interface and allow the user to choose the processing parameters and output bitdepth. Is this what is supposed to happen? I'm using darktable-2.0.3 from Gentoo portage and GIMP 2.9.3 updated from git master this morning.

Best,
Elle
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