darktable 1.0.5 released

It's our pleasure to announce that darktable-1.0.5 has been released. Find the tarball on sf.net:


The Ubuntu PPAs have been built already, you should get them with your next update automatically if you subscribed to Pascal's PPA.

This has a good chance of being the last one in a series of stable releases (with stuff backported from our latest and greatest). Thanks to Pascal for maintaining it! As such, it comes with a short list of maintenance things as change log:

  • Update to RawSpeed r438
  • Update to LibRaw 0.14.7
  • White balance presets for Nikon Coolpix P7100 and Panasonic GF3
  • White balance preset updates for Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 350D
  • Standard Color Matrices for Canon EOS 650D, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 1D X, Canon PowerShot G1 X, Canon PowerShot SX220, Nikon D3200, Nikon D4, Nikon D800, Olympus E-M5, Panasonic GF5, Sony SLT-A37/A57, Leica X1/X2, Sony DSC-RX100
  • A few memory leaks were resolved
  • A few generic bugs were resolved

We'd like to take the opportunity this time to thank some other projects we depend on, and their authors for being awesome:

RawSpeed: Klaus Post
LibRaw: Alex Tutubalin
UFraw: (white balance presets), Niels Kristian Bech Jensen, Udi Fuchs
DCraw: Dave Coffin
Adobe (standard matrices)
Exiv2: Andreas Hugel
Lensfun: Andrew Zabolotny, Sebastian Kraft

Commits on top of 1.0.4 proudly brought to you by:

Pascal de Bruijn, Tobias Ellinghaus, Simon Spannagel, johannes hanika, Christian Tellefsen, Richard Wonka, Olivier Tribout, Ger Siemerink, Ulrich Pegelow, Petr Styblo, madanyang, Jesper Pedersen, James C. McPherson, Boucman, Bastien Bouclet.

Thanks for playing everyone!

All the rest: hope you enjoy the release and bear with us while we prepare git master for 1.1...

55 thoughts on “darktable 1.0.5 released

  1. I’m a Corel Aftershot Pro user who has been learning to use Darktable. There are some really great innovations in this product and I’m impressed with the open, community oriented development. A few suggestions to the developers:

    1. It would be great if you could put up an “app” page for developers and users to showcase their plugins, presets, and styles. You’d soon have a rich ecosystem around the product.

    2. Could you add layers and selective editing tools too? Gimp and PSP have this feature but those tools are complex and hard to use. ASP has it too and the integration in an easy to use interface makes ASP really nice.

    3. Wavelet sharpen and noise reduction would be a nice addition.

    4. The crop tool is a little awkward to use. Its location as a plugin is also non-intuitive. It should be located on the margin of the image so that users can crop easily at any time.

    5. Printing – I use Turboprint. Gimp integrates Turboprint if you have it installed. Would be wonderful if you could add this too.

    Many thanks and keep up the marvelous work!

    • Hi Steven,

      glad to hear you like darktable. A few comments:

      1. We already thought about this, maybe we’ll get something like this.

      2. Interesting that you compare darktable (so: a raw development tool) to Gimp and PS instead of Aftershot and LR. The purpose is completely different and if you need really sophisticate edits you’ll need one of the others anyway. Having said this: We already have some selective editing (called blend-if, see here: http://www.darktable.org/2012/03/upcoming-features-conditional-blending/) and we started working on “masks” that can be drawn onto the image. But since the implementation is complex and we don’t want to deliver half-done stuff don’t expect this soon.

      3. Taker a look at our equalizer, Imho one of the most powerful wavelet based tools out there, for both sharpen and/or denoise. Described here: http://www.darktable.org/2011/11/darktable-and-research/

      4. I don’t agree here.

      5. There are plans to provide a printing interface in darktable – but this is nothing that will come on a short time scale. We just don’t have the manpower to do this in a few months.

      I recommend you reading our blog – you will discover lots of partly hidden functions and features you will love.


  2. First of all, thank you very much for the wonderful software!!!

    I’d like to second Steven Adler’s request for selective editing. I would love to see some means to manipulate shadows & highlights for a selected part of the image, and do other stuff too. As for now, it’s the only major feature that lacks in Darktable.

    Also, I hope that you will keep up the great work on increasing the speed of the application and ensure that it doesn’t crash so much.

    All in all, great job, thanks again!!

  3. Simon,

    The Blend-if feature does provide some selective editing, but its not obvious unless you know its there and it really works best for solid colors. I can’t see how you can use it to select an entire region in a photo, or several regions. The layers feature in ASP, with rectangular, round, anyshape, and brush controls is much more flexible. I think this is what Duott and I are describing.

    That said, I find it totally wonderful that Darktable developers are so responsive. That alone augurs well for the future of this tool. Keep up the great work!

    • Hi Steven,

      :) Thanks for the latter. We try our best…

      Regarding selective editing:
      Of course you are right, blend-if is neither obvious (it’s a pro feature! :D) nor the same or closely comparable to a masks/layers feature. We know that and there is some effort towards masks – but as stated above, this needs careful thoughts and more time to be implemented.

      Stay tuned, I’m sure – one day you’ll get masks and layers in darktable!

  4. Thank you guys so much for this wonderful software!
    I use it exclusively for all my RAW development.

    1) It is nice to see that color matrices for my Dad’s G1X were added. Any chance we could have this for lens correction data as well? Or where could I find them?
    I tried fiddling with other lens types, but the outcome is not nice at all…

    2) And I was looking for a chance to donate to the project, but I could not find anything. How do you finance it all?


  5. Darktable would be a consideration. But unfortunately we cannot browse folders. We’re forced to used the libraries. Is it possible to implement a folder browsing feature like in RawTherapee, Aftershot any many others?


  6. If it’s due to technical issues right now, would it be a consideration in the future?

    • It’s not so much a technical problem but a matter of choice, and we chose not to do it.

  7. I’ve been trying to transition from Aftershot Pro to Darktable for about a month now. I like the editing features in Darktable but there are two things holding me back from using it for all photos.

    1. Export is confusing and often doesn’t produce results at all. I have tried to export several photos converted to HDR, B&W, or just with lots of changes and I always get empty images, or images that don’t look in export like they did in Darktable. Also, export is quite a lot slower than ASP.

    2. There is no print feature.

    Without accurate and reliable file export with consistent results or print, this tool is severely limited. I hope these can be fixed soon because the rest of the software is super.

    • Hi Steven,

      1. This shouldn’t happen at all, export should always give you the same image you had in the darkroom preview. But since I never header of such a problem before I’m not sure where to look. You might want to join us on IRC or the user’s mailing list and I’m sure we figure out the problem…

      2. Ouch, you hit the spot that hurts. :) Actually advanced printing is a wish for us which is almost as old as darktable is. The thing is, it’s quite a huge project and we don’t have anyone who started coding it. But be sure this will be there at some point.


  8. Hey guys,

    Just wanted to say thanks for this wonderful piece of software. I too will stay tuned waiting anxiously for the layer masks.. Until then, thank you, and keep up the good work!

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