Since the GIMP edits JPEG images superbly but obliterates their IPTC metadata captions, and gThumb, my main image editor of the past three years, outputs horrible resized images in version 3.0.1 in Debian Wheezy, I need a new image editing application.
And did I say that I need it now?
I go through many dozen images a day. Shrinking. Cropping. Recaptioning.
The software needs to work.
Yesterday I set up Wine the non-emulator, whatever-it-is Windows-compatible environment in Linux that enabled me to install and run the IrfanView image editor/viewer.
Not that other choices don't exist. There is the KDE app DigiKam.
And a little searching brought me to an app I always meant to try: Fotoxx.
It's in Debian, so I installed it. After a lengthy indexing of my appointed directories, I dug in and started working on photos.
Quality of resized images is great. It will be even better when I tweak the sharpen settings just right.
I can edit IPTC caption data, and though it's a bit awkward, also the byline field.
I wouldn't call it a speedy app, but so far it is getting the job done. With a little practice, I just might have a new photo-editing app.
I don't know if it's because the new GIMP 2.8.0 is in Debian Wheezy, or because I'm working on more multi-layered images, or because I'm less happy with my go-to image-editing application gThumb, but I'm using the GIMP -- the GNU Image Manipulation Program more and more.
I'm working in the GIMP's native .xcf format and exporting as .jpg or .png when my image is ready. To get better at using the GIMP, I really should get No Starch Press' The Artist's Guide to GIMP, Second Edition: Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers by Michael J. Hammel. No Starch has another GIMP book coming out in October: The Book of GIMP.