iOta - Database-backend based Photo/Image Organization, Archiving and Management Software for Linux, FreeBSD (*BSD) and Unix Users
Introduction to iOta
iOta is a tool to organize, index, archive, and web publish your digital
photography collection. Whether you use a simple point-and-shoot digital
camera, or scan your photographs from a megabuck film scanner
after having captured it on your megabuck film SLR, this KDE/QT and
Berkeley DB based tool will help you organize your digital photography.
iOta allows the user to generate uniquely rename and index images
to an embedded database, generate thumbnails and browsable HTML
indexes, archive directories of images onto CDR, and caption and
describe each photograph in the user's collection. In addition,
all this information also travels with the image itself in the
thumbnail EXIF header.
The organization methodology has been an amalgamation of some experience with almost 15000 digital images
from my Olympus point-and-shoot and Canon Digital Rebel cameras, a
lot of reading, especially John Shaw's definitive guide, and browsing a lot of
web pages. iOta is constantly evolving, as I stumble across
better ideas or as my needs grow.
At this point, I would suggest that you glance through the iOPlan document, as iOta is based
completely off that philosophy. If you have any ideas that you would
like to be incorporated into this plan, or in iOta itself, please
drop me some suggestions. If you would
like to contribute to this effort in any way (code, documentation or
usage issues), please let me know.
There are currently two versions of iOta - an older text-only version and
a newer KDE/Qt based graphical version. The last text-only release was of
iOta-0.6.5, and this will not be supported in the future. The latest iOta
release is 0.8, and this includes the new KDE/Qt frontend. For downloading
any release of iOta, please go to the download
For further details and documentation, please visit either the
KDE/Qt iOta documentation or the
Text-only iOta documentation.
Licencing: This program has been released under the
GNU Public Licence, a copy of which could be found here.
Downloads: Sources and binaries (for Mandrake Linux
and FreeBSD) can be downloaded from http://www.varp.net/downloads. Please let me
know if you have compiled it for other systems, and I will
put the binaries up here.
Reporting Bugs: For now, since I don't have a proper
Bugzilla kind of mechanism set up for reporting bugs, please send bug
reports via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include a short summary of the bug in the subject
line. Help for portability is always happily welcome.
RedHat 9.0: Please note that RedHat 9.0 needs
bzip2-devel-1.0.2-8.i386.rpm for iOta to run. For some reason, the
RPM of iOta did not catch this as a dependency. Thanks to Joe
Katz for reporting this.