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We didn't really need another photo manager, did we? There are already plenty of excellent applications for managing your photos, I have to admit.
But how many photo managers do we have in Ubports? Indeed, Imaginario was born as a mobile application and only once that was completed and proved to be working I started working on a desktop version.
Because its main developer was a fan of F-Spot and of its simple and efficient user interface. As F-Spot ceased to be actively developed, he started looking around for a replacement, but couldn't find an alternative that would make him feel completely at home.
I know! And it's great news! :-) Some people have resumed working on F-Spot in github, but there was a time (in 2016 and 2017) when the project was completely dead; that is what gave me the incentive to work on a desktop version of Imaginario, and use F-Spot as a reference for the user interface.
In one word: simplicity. Its goal is to enable you to store and categorize your photos in a way that allows for an easy and fast lookup later on. It does not try to integrate raw file processing, photo editing or photo sharing into the same app, but it rather lets you choose your favourite tools and plays nicely with them. The best programs for the job, for instance the Gimp image editor and the PhotoTeleport photo uploader, are preconfigured into Imaginario list of external tools, but the list is fully customizable according to your preferences.
At the moment, Imaginario supports importing your photo database and settings from F-Spot and Shotwell. If you are using another photo manager which is open source, or whose database format is openly documented, feel free to file a request to have Imaginario import your photo collection from it.
Imaginario is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), meaning that everyone is free to redistribute it, for free or for a fee, provided that the source code for any modifications is also distributed. In practice, you can download Imaginario for free from this website, and the plan is to make it also available for purchase in the Apple and Windows stores.
Another good way to help the project is just to spread the word about it.
The desktop version of Imaginario is still a beta version; there's still a risk of losing or damaging your photos. Of course, every version is being smoke tested before release, but given that at the moment the development team consists of just one person, it's impossible to verify all the different settings and configurations that one might be using.
Because we are still working on it. Stay tuned :-)