Using gtKam

gtKam is a graphical interface for downloading and deleting pictures from the digital camera. To adjust or edit your pictures, use The GIMP as described in Chapter Chapter 23, Graphics with The GIMP.

Figure 21.1. The Main Window of gtKam

The Main Window of gtKam

Connect your camera to the appropriate port and turn on the camera. Start gtKam with the command gtkam &. From the menu, select Camera -> Select Camera.... In the dialog that opens, select the camera model or use Detect. Select the appropriate port if the detection fails.

The main gtKam window is divided into three sections — the menu and toolbars, the left pane with index settings and camera and directory selection, and the right pane for displaying an index listing with or without thumbnails. The icons in the toolbar provide the main functions needed. The disk icon saves the selected images. The trash icon deletes them. The icon with the arrows loads the image index displayed in the right pane. The icon with the paper and pencil opens the camera configuration options. The door icon exits the program.

Your camera should be listed in the left pane. Use the plus sign ( +) to the left to expand the tree display of the directory structure. Your exact directory structure depends on the camera type and model. Continue expanding until you reach the entries that cannot be expanded. These are the index listings of the pictures. Click an item to select it. If View Thumbnails is activated, the picture names and thumbnails are displayed in the right window pane. Otherwise, the names and an icon are displayed.

Images in the right pane can be selected or deselected by clicking them. Select all images with Select -> All or Shift + A. To save the selected images, use the disk icon in the toolbar, select File -> Save Selected Photos..., or use the shortcut Ctrl + S. The Save dialog, shown in Figure 21.2: “Saving Images”, has a number of options. Under What to Save, select whether to save the thumbnails, the images, or both. With Open image(s) with:, you can save the image and open it in another program. To open the images in The GIMP immediately, enter gimp. Using the file names suggested by the camera is recommended.

Figure 21.2. Saving Images

Saving Images