[scribus] Organizing pictures before inserting them in a book

Marie-Noëlle Augendre mnaugendre at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 20:28:57 CET 2010

Thanks to all of you, that have taken time to answer my questions ... and
ask a few questions in return.

I think it'll be helpful to give you some more information:
 - I run Linux/Fedora
 - my photos database (about 17000 photos) is managed in Digikam; and I have
actually asked the same question on the Digikam list.
 - the photos book will be created in Scribus because 1) I want to work on a
real layout involving photos and texts 2) the printer (as in 'imprimeur' in
french, and not 'imprimante') expects strict PDF/X-3 files for the pages and
the cover, which I now know Scribus can provide (I made a test on simple
little book with only one photo per page)
 - there might be any number of photos per page, from one photo on a double
page to 6, 7, ... whatever. The preliminary organization/sorting of the
photos will induce some layout, and I intend it to be very different from
one page to another.

What I need to do is to sort and organize the pictures in a preliminary step
so, when I am working on a specific Scribus page, I know which photos I'll
have to import and where approximately to put it on the page; and I'll have
to find each photo in a folder among 200 or 300 photos. They don't
especially need to be in the same order they'll appear in Scribus, provided
I know their filename, and don't have to browse each time through the whole
folder and find the thumbnail I'm looking for.

If I cannot find a computer tool to do that, I will have to do it "à
l'ancienne": printing contact sheets (thumbnails + filenames), separate them
with a pair of cisors, and do the organization part ... on my kitchen table.

Hope this clarify the matter a bit.

About the suggestions I have seen:
 - geeqie and ng-xim: never heard of them, I will have a look ASAP
 - krename: I've already investigated this one but, unless I'm mistaken, is
doesn't allow manual sorting. And for the rename bit, Digikam provides me
with much more options that I need.
 - IrfanView: will have a look at it. But if possible, I would rather avoid
Wine as an unnecessary complication.
 - automatic import in Scribus: I will have a look. But I am not looking for
an automated layout, so I don't see the point ... but I might be missing
 - Lightroom? No thanks. I came to the "free world" (Ubuntu, then Fedora) a
year ago, and don't intend to go back. And, as far as know, Digikam does
more or less the same things as Lightroom. It allows me to select 200-300
photos among 17000 using albums, tags, dates, rates, etc. rename them,
export them ...

Will be back soon with the result of my investigations.


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