Version: (using KDE 4.3.2)
Installed from: Debian testing/unstable Packages
When tagging a new album or a set of images it is common that the set of tags is restricted compared with the whole set of tags. So not all tags are used but the used tags will be used many times.
In the tag editor, there are already two small buttons on the lower right dealing with tags: "Tags Already Assigned" and "Recent Tags".
Some improvement would be fine to speed up tagging as well as avoid errors on tagging:
1) Feature "Tags Recently Assigned"
The button "Tags Already Assigned" enables/disables a filter to display all tags or hide the yet not used tags for the selected image.
This could be extended to a new mode "Tags Recently Assigned". Using this mode only tags should be displayed, which are assigned within the last session. A session could be defined as of from the last program execution or until an explicit clear is invoked.
As effect of such an "Tags Recently Assigned" mode, a user can start to assign tags for a new set of images. He could either add new tags or temporarily switch to the "All Tags" mode but most the time, he can operate only with the restricted set of tags.
Benefit of this behavoir is that the user is most the time not forced to operate on a large list of sets. So number of mouse clicks is reduced. Further he has more feedback of the tags assigned in its current session, so it is obviously that that the assigned tags will be used in a more consistent way.
2) Feature "Recent Tags"
The button "Recent Tags" displays the list of tags which are last recently used. This history seems to be usable when assigning tags only few times.
The problem becomes evident when applying more than one tag to more than one image. Than it would be fine if you could select multiple entries with a single operation and using this selection to assign multiple tags at the same time.
Describing the requirement from other point of view: when the last assignments of tags have used the tags A, B, and C. The it should be possible to group these into a single entry instead of assigning three tags one by one.
Which version of digiKam you use exactly ?
Sorry, for the missing info. I am using digiKam 1.0.0
Well, i recommend, to test 1.1.0 release or better, to try new code from trunk (1.2.0) where a lots of implementation have been rewritted using Qt4 Model View
Sorry for the long time without update. Now I was able update and running digikam 1.2.0 (using debian testing with KDE 4.4.5).
Well some improvements are really nice. In the area to set tags, I see no major improvements. The amount of mouse clicks is still high while having a large list of tags. So having 440 tags while only 20 of them are showed I have to scroll thrugh 23 pages. This is not very enjoying.
I would highly appreciate any improvements.
digiKam 1.2.0 is not the last one. 1.6.0 is the last one. update and try again...
I am using now digikam 2:1.9.0-3+b1 on debian testing and I would be very appreciate on further improvements.
I am really sorry, I am bound to debian testing, so I could not install the latest digikam version. Of course I am looking forward to use the newer digikam versions!!!
2.3.0 is the last one now. 2.4.0 will be out in december
This file still valid using digiKam 2.4 ?
Sorry, due to my distribution - debian testing - I have to work with digikam 1.9. I am looking forward that debian provides a newer version. For digikam 1.9 the reported issue is still true and I would highly appreciate more improvements to make tagging more efficient.
Is the description above clear or would it be helpful to describe it by other words / images?
This entry still valid with digiKam 3.5.0 ?
Thanks to debian testing I can now use digikam 4.0. Its made good progres.
However I like to have more of the tag efficiency and for my feeling the issues are still true.
Away from using the keyboard there are many votes to improve tagging. See https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=114465.
For Info: currently I have around 34000 photos, 440 tags, 42000 tag usages. However many images are not tagged as tagging is so hard.
This entry still valid with digiKam 4.2.0 ?
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 326490 ***
I could verify the issue using digiKam 4.1.0 (using debian testing) and it is still valid even some improvements on tagging were done. As far as I could discover, the newly added dialog to maintain tags does not add the wished features. Perhaps it is not ready in 4.1.0? Please, correct me if I am wrong.
I am sorry, that I have to wait until digiKam 4.2.0 becomes available for my distro. If you like, I am happy to re-check the status again later and give you feedback.
In my opinion the bug 326490 (Extending single tag to a group of tags) addresses the same problem. And the proposed solution would improve the deficiency a lot. However the proposal for 326490 is not as flexible as the proposal of this bug. For example, consider that we have had holidays with another family. There were totally 8 persons visible on a lot of images. But of course not all images were taken with all of them. So some photos are with (Anne, Katharina, Tobias and Reiner) other were with (Katharina, Tobias, Benedikt, Christian) and so on.
As result it would be great to define an initial set used for tagging and then be freely able to choose for every (or some) of the images tags out of a variying subset of the initial set.