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August 16th, 2009, 11:45 PM
I'm currently using a bunch of software for post processing my photos.
The main ones are Nikon Capture NX 2 and Adobe Lightroom.

Unfortunately they don't work with Linux.

Are there any Linux applications similar to Nikon Capture NX 2 and Adobe Lightroom?
(The Gimp is quite different, even with Ufraw)

August 16th, 2009, 11:49 PM
If I remember correctly, Picasa runs in Linux. I've never used either of the tools that you are talking about, but Picasa (bought by Google) is a nice and simple photo viewing tool and can do basic manipulations (Red-eye, crop, Brightness/Contrast etc.) The Linux version is still in Beta though.

August 17th, 2009, 12:45 AM
Picasa is a great tool that I use occasionally.
However, the image editing softwares I mentioned are way more "powerful" which make competitors rare.

August 17th, 2009, 12:47 AM
Other option you have is to install VirtualBox and use WindowsXP as a guest OS and use that virtualbox for any other professional job you might have. :)

August 17th, 2009, 12:49 AM
have you looked into The GIMP?

it is in the repositories, and is the direct Free Software competitor to the Adobe suite of tools.

the user interface is different, so you may need to break some old/bad habbits. do not assume that because the button is not in the same place, GIMP cannot do it.

August 17th, 2009, 10:31 PM
That would be a last chance option but I'd rather not have to do that.
I want to get rid of Windows! :)

I'm currently using the Gimp but it doesn't meet my needs (i.e. I need to work with Nikon RAW files)

August 17th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Could this possibly help? I don't know much about cameras.


August 17th, 2009, 10:37 PM
In what way you want the programs to be similar to those you mentioned? The user interface, or the quality of photos & level of control you have over the image?

Ufraw works great with Nikon raw files when you use your camera's color profile with it.

If you just want similar user interface you are pretty much out of luck.

August 17th, 2009, 11:42 PM
here are other options




August 18th, 2009, 11:04 PM
Thanks guys!

I'll have a look at the links you sent

I'm not looking at similar interfaces but similar functionalities and performance.

August 19th, 2009, 12:29 AM
If you don't mind paying for it, I would suggest ThumbsPlus from Cerious Software. It runs under Wine. there are a couple of tricky things you need to do, but once installed it runs very well under Wine/Ubuntu.

It has a nice thumbnailing ability and some limited editing of photos. DigiKam in the Linux world is not too bad but it does have problems with large photo files, i.e., >1Mb.