Common Use
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RPhoto is a small piece of software to enhance your digital pictures by easy operations in a quick and handy user interface :

Common Use

A common way to use the application is shown below :

Launch of RPhoto, Workspace, and a few useful settings.

Main Screen

Run the application, and select in the Browse tab the forder that will be your workspace. Before modifying your pictures, ensure you have kept a backup in a safe place. Select the first image in the directory ; it will display in the main panel.

Choose your target format : 4:3 for digital pictures, 24:36 for paper pictures, or in any other format you like. You may choose also other settings as your prefered orientation, a destination folder, and many other settings.

Rotation / Inclinaison correction

Main Screen

Use the buttons Rotate Left / Rotate Right or shortcuts l (left) / r (right) to rotate the picture by 90°.

But if the photo had been taken with a wrong angle, you will need to correct inclinaison (this cannot be done lossless) :


Main Screen

Unless you are skilled photograph, your picture could probably look better if it were cropped to a more appropriate set up. This task is fairly easy with RPhoto :

Add a comment

Comment Tab

Activate the "Comment" tab, or use the shortcut "t" and type your text in the text field.

Then, press the "Apply" button, or use the shortcut Ctrl-Return; your text should now be displayed in black, and is now memorized to be saved with the file.

Save and Go To Next

Save the file (shortcut 's', or not necessary if you have set the autosave function), and go to the next file with the shortcut "PageDown".

Rename and Move the picture

Two other commonly used features :



If you want to resize the image, select the new size you want in the combo box, or enter the text of the new size. You must comply with allowed formats shown as examples (percents, fixed size, or wanted size on the disk, in kilo-bytes).

The full documentation of features is shown below.

Reference of all features of RPhoto

Presentation of all sections of the screen

Main Panel

The application is built on a main panel, which gives access to all features by menus, toolbars, or lateral tabs.

Main Screen
The toolbar, lateral tabs, and statusbar are described in separated sections below. The image is displayed in the remaining unused space.
Some intersting points to be noted :

Tab "Browse"

Explorer Tab

Tab "Move To"

Move Tab
To move a file, select in the "Move To" tab the target folder, and press "Move Here", or use the shortcut "m" (move). You do not need to re-select the folder each time, nor to have the tab "Move To" activated to use the keyboard shortcut.


Exif Tab

These two tabs display Exif tags if present in the file. These tags are not editable.

The first tab lists only those who you have chosen to (see Settings section), whereas the second lists all tags.

Proprietary tags are not always displayed correctly, and the thumbnail is not shown. Exif tags are not modified by RPhoto : neither size, nor thumbnail will reflect changes made in RPhoto (so you will keep a trace of the original picture).

Tab "Comment" (JPEG)

Comment Tab

This tab shows the comment of a JPEG picture, if any, and allows the user to change it.

To change the comment, type the wished text, and click on "Apply". As long as the text is red, the comment will not be saved. When applied, the comment will be displayed in black, but will be permanently recorded only when the file will be saved.


Status Bar

The status bar gives you some information about the current statuts of the application.

The first section shows you the last message, or a short description of the button or menu pointed. The third tells about the selection : size and position of the rectangle (WxH+x,y) or angle of the segment, in degrees. Other sections are not currently used.

The mouse pointer is also a good indicator to know if the application is ready or busy.


Open a File : open a file with a selection dialog box.
Save the current File : save the current file (replace the current file).
ReOpen the current File : re-open the file as it was when last saved
Previous File : go to the previous file in the current folder.
Next File : go to the next file in the current folder.
Full Screen : toggle the fullscreen mode ; in this mode, the picture is reduced to fit in the window ; it does not affect its quality nor its definition.
JPEG Lossless On / JPEG Lossless Impossible : toggle the JPEG lossless mode ; if the light is red, it is impossible to use this mode (non-JPEG file, or an operation incompatible with lossless has been done, as a inclinaison correction)
Crop Mode / Inclinaison Mode : select the current mode : crop / inclinaison. A second press of this button will do the default operation.
Undo last operation : undo the previous operation, limited to the maximum number provided in the settings ; while no other operation has been done, you can cancel the undo by using Edit / Redo.
Crop : crop the picture with the current selection rectangle (JPEG lossless is possible).
Rotate 90° to the left : rotate the picture of 90 degrees to the left (JPEG lossless is possible).
Rotate 90° to the right : rotate the picture of 90 degrees to the right (JPEG lossless is possible).
Correct Inclinaison : rotate the image of a few degrees ; you must be in inclinaison mode.
Landscape or Portrait / Portrait / Landscape : select the wished shape : both / portrait / landscape.
Ratio Selection : select the wished ratio or size of the rectangle ; in addition to the one predefined, you can enter one yourself : for ratios, use format x:y (ex : 4:3) or for fixed sizes, use format WxH (ex : 320x200).


This screen allows you to modify every single settings.

License, Updates, Support

This software is distributed under GPL license ; it basically means that its use is free and its source code is available in order to allow you to improve it (see GPL license for conditions).

Home location of this software is : RPhoto is also available on Freshmeat and Sourceforge. You will find there documentation, updates and contact information.