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Darktable 3.0 Released with Major Changes, New Modules

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Darktable 3.0 Released with Major Changes, New Modules ! An open source alternative to Adobe Lightroom, Darktable lets photographers make non-destructive edits to their images, as well as manage, sort and organise photo.

Darktable 3.0 is a huge update to this popular open source RAW image editor. It improves the GUI, adds new features, and delivers some much needed improvements.

Among the features in focus for this release is “a full rework” of the user interface, which is now managed by GTK CSS. To take full advantage of the new theming possibilities provided Darktable 3.0 even ships with a selection of different themes to try out.

Other changes:

  • New shortcuts to allow a “borderless editing experience”
  • undo/redo support for tags, color labels, ratings, etc
  • New timeline view in lightview
  • Improved support for 4K and 5K displays
  • New ‘tone equalizer’, ‘basic’ and ‘filmic RGB’ modules
  • Module for handling 3D RGB Lut transformations
  • Denoise tweaks
  • Support for exporting to Google Photos
  • Can now display hierarchical tags in a tree view
  • Tags can be made private
  • Colour picker added to various modules
  • Preview window available in darkroom

Improved camera support, white balance presets, and noise profiles also feature in this update — but check out the full change log up on Github if you’re keen to glean detail on every nut and bolt.

Camera support, compared to 2.6.0

Base Support

  • Epson R-D1s
  • Epson R-D1x
  • Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix S7000
  • Fujifilm GFX 50R (compressed)
  • Fujifilm X-A10
  • Fujifilm X-T30 (compressed)
  • Fujifilm XF10
  • Kodak DCS Pro 14N
  • Kodak EasyShare Z981
  • Kodak EasyShare Z990
  • Leica C (Typ 112) (4:3)
  • Leica CL (dng)
  • Leica Q (Typ 116) (dng)
  • Leica Q2 (dng)
  • Leica SL (Typ 601) (dng)
  • Leica V-LUX (Typ 114) (3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1)
  • Nikon Z 6 (14bit-uncompressed, 12bit-uncompressed)
  • Nikon Z 7 (14bit-uncompressed)
  • Olympus E-M1X
  • Olympus E-M5 Mark III
  • Olympus TG-6
  • Panasonic DC-G90 (4:3)
  • Panasonic DC-G91 (4:3)
  • Panasonic DC-G95 (4:3)
  • Panasonic DC-G99 (4:3)
  • Panasonic DCZS200 (3:2)
  • Panasonic DMCTX1 (3:2)
  • Phase One P30
  • Sony DSCRX0M2
  • Sony DSCRX100M6
  • Sony DSCRX100M7
  • Sony ILCE-6400
  • Sony ILCE-6600
  • Sony ILCE7RM4

White Balance Presets

  • Leica Q2
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon Z 7
  • Olympus E-M5 Mark III
  • Panasonic DCLX100M2
  • Sony ILCE-6400

Install Darktable 3.0

You can download Darktable 3.0 photo editing software directly from the official Darktable OBS repo. For details on how to install Darktable on different platforms, as well as where to get macOS and Windows builds, head over the install page on the Darktable website.

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