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Re: Picking Up Shotwell Development


Harvey has some great mocks on dA. I'm going to be trying to ticket some
smaller design issues until we get it in a state where I think we can start
moving the UI in that direction.

The first big design challenge is going to be sorting through that menubar
and making sure all the functionality is available in the UI. Then we can
start talking about some bigger UI changes.

On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM, A. "Xylon" V. <avlabs314@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Yay! Maybe some blueprints linking to some mockups and how they should be
> implemented would be helpful?
> On Jan 24, 2014 8:13 PM, "Daniel Foré" <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hey Team,
>> I’ve been talking to Jim Nelson (President of Yorba) about Shotwell for a
>> while now and here’s the quick and dirty: Shotwell needs a new maintainer.
>> Ubuntu has the Gallery app, Fedora has GNOME photos, and Yorba just doesn’t
>> have the resources anymore to maintain Shotwell. Their focus is on Geary.
>> So that pretty much leaves us or an unknown to take up the mantel.
>> Jim seems really excited about the idea of Shotwell becoming a part of
>> our community. He thinks we have the talent and the vision to bring it up
>> to date and make it into a really great app. But there’s a small caveat:
>> Yorba recently joined the GNOME development community. So officially,
>> development is done in GNOME git and bugzilla and their wiki, etc. Which is
>> obviously not ideal for us.
>> Enter the solution: After some discussion with Jim, we think the best
>> course of action is for elementary to fork Shotwell. I’ve taken the liberty
>> of setting up a launchpad page for Pantheon Photos<https://launchpad.net/pantheon-photos>.
>> It is currently maintained by elementary-apps team, but I think we’ll want
>> to create a Pantheon Photos team as Jim wants to stay in the loop on
>> development, but we don’t want to spam him with all the other elementary
>> apps stuff.
>> Firstly, I know that this is a big responsibility to take on. I think as
>> a community, we can do it. Having Photos in launchpad and under the
>> umbrella of the elementary apps team will allow us a lot more freedom for
>> casual involvement with the code base. Not to mention, Jim has already
>> stated that he is available to answer anyone’s questions or give guidance
>> regarding how Shotwell’s code is structured, things to watch out for, etc.
>> I think this is going to be a really positive move for our photos app and
>> I’m looking forward to working with all of you on building a really great
>> Photos experience in elementary OS.
>> --
>> Best Regards,
>> Daniel Foré
>> elementaryos.org
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Best Regards,

Daniel Foré


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