Darktable Version 3.6 of the well-known RAW image editor darktable has seen the light of day with a large number of new features that will give it another push in the right direction in the field of photography, where it is a reference application as well as being one of the great prides of the free software, since its code is published under the GPLv3 license.
The first novelty that can be highlighted in darktable 3.6 is the new quick access panel , which has essentially come to replace the basic settings module and offers a new unified interface for the processing modules.
Continuing with the itself module management , these can now be quickly added or removed from a group by right-clicking on the group tabs. Those responsible for the application say that “this avoids the need to modify the group in the maintenance window” , but that it does not update the user’s personalized presets.
On the other hand, the module layout management window has been improved to include the configuration of the quick access panel and to be able to automatically apply the presets of the groups of modules according to the type of image being edited.
When it comes to color handling, new color balance module darktable 3.6’s “brings some unique innovations” that help image editing to be done “in a cinematic way” and with a refined and refined workflow. HDR ready. This new color balance sterilizes the color gamut in the RGB space at the output of the module and internally between each color space conversion; uses luminance masks that divide the image into shadows, highlights, and midtones; introduces a true saturation environment conforming to the definition of Munsell and the International Commission on Illumination; in addition to linear color grading in the RGB color space to display Munsell tone distribution across the entire luminance range.
Continuing with the theme of color treatment, a new module called ‘color calibration’ allows you to quickly extract from the color check of an image the white balance and the best RGB mixer settings to minimize color drift.
Do you need to censor part of a photograph? darktable 3.6 includes a censorship module to blur or pixelate parts of an image. Those responsible for the application do not hide that their functions are to anonymize people by blurring their faces and avoid exposing parts of the body so that a certain image can comply with the rules of a social network. However, it is important to bear in mind that the use of this module does not prevent forensic reconstruction tools supported by artificial intelligence from being able to recover the censored parts.
In darktable 3.6 there are not only new features, but also improvements and changes. For example, the existing crop and rotate module was becoming difficult to maintain due to trying to perform three actions at the same time: crop, rotate and cornerstone, so a new module called ‘crop’ has been created to carry out the tasks of cutting and rotating.
We finished with some of the highlights, such as the new chromatic aberration module that replaces the one that was present and the vectorsocpio view plugin (vectorscope), which makes available a hue and chroma diagram that shows the chromaticity in isolation. from luminosity or spatial information.
darktable 3.6 can be downloaded for Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, and Windows from the official website . For Linux users, in case you want to have the latest version of the application without complications, there is the possibility of obtaining it in format Flatpak .