Open Source RAW editor Darktable 3.0 gets Release Candidate

The free and open source alternative to Adobe Lightroom has a new release candidate which will become the final and newest version dubbed 3.0.

Darktable has a non-destructive editing workflow where the edits, rather than being immediately applied to raster data of the image, the program keeps the original image data until final rendering at the exporting stage. It is primarily focused on improving a photographer’s workflow by facilitating the handling of large numbers of images.

This is similar to another open source RAW photo editor which recently released its new version called Rawtherapee.

Darktable 3.0 being a major version bump will bring new features as below:

 A complete rework of its user-interface with the GTK code now being fully controlled via CSS rules. In turn with no code reflecting the layout, the entire GUI can be properly themed now and there are several different themes to be shipped with Darktable 3.0. 

– Undo/redo support working for more operations. 

– Extensive work on the light table code for better performance, 4K/5K monitor handling improvements, a culling mode, a timeline view, and other work in this area. 

– Support for 3D LUT transformations. 

– Code optimizations for the CPU and SSE paths. 

– Ensuring OpenCL kernels are recompiled when the driver version changes. 

– New modules. 

– Many bug fixes and other improvements. 

The latest RC can be downloaded for Linux, Mac and Windows here.

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