Linux Unplugged Podcast #409

14 Jun 2021, 11:30 p.m.

The podcast Linux Unplugged reviewed photo management applications in their latest episode #409 listing their favorite Google Photos alternatives. Photonix was reviewed as part of their lineup and based on the fact that there are many options, I'm very grateful for making it onto the list. It seems like the recent pricing changes that came into effect for Google Photos on 1st June have prompted a lot of discussion online and this episode.

Alex Kretzschmar gave his account of what he did and didn't like. Whilst the the feedback wasn't entirely positive the criticisms were fair and the suggestions made mostly confirm we are heading in the right direction.

The main lacking feature was seen to be face recognition so we expect to delight in that area imminently when the feature drops. The other main point was around the UI being cluttered and designed by a developer. I guess I shouldn't be surprised too much by that given that primarily I am a developer and have been targeting a technical audience in the first instance. I do put a lot of thought into the user experience but will make it more of a priority to keep things simple and get expert advice where I can.

Hopefully in a few months we will have a much improved product that warrants the hosts give it another shot.

The main segment gets started at 23 minutes in and the Photonix review starts at 42 minutes.

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Feb 2021

Nice work!


May 2020

I love this project! My dream would be a photo organizer / tagger that just goes through all photos at night and automatically detects and learns the contents.... I will follow you for this project and am happy to test any versions.



Feb 2021

Great to see object detection in free software!

Face recognition is another thing I'd very much miss away from Google Photos, but harder to get right as well?