Bug #8678

"import" means two different things

Added by xxvelcrar - almost 8 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

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There's a confusing bit of language in the UI on importing. The section in lighttable for importing images is called "import". The top two buttons don't copy the file to your photos directory, but "import from camera" does.

Now, I understand that "import from camera" has special settings where you tell it where to put them and so technically, it's doing something different. The two different meanings of "import" in these contexts is just confusing and can be prone to workflow errors.

Perhaps the concept of "import" could be expanded into "import into photo directory" or something like that. Really, this whole notion of a separating the photos from the DB backed part can be a bit confusing if you have one common photo directory where you expect everything to show up. I'd rather accidentally have 2 copies of a file than find I lost a file that I thought I imported.


#1 Updated by Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo almost 8 years ago

Well, darktable needs to "import" the images to know about them, we don't have (and don't want) filemanager capabilities. The only exception we have is camera importing, as you usually want to take the images out of your camera/memory card and save them into your working dir.

I will leave this opened, just in case we find some rewording that makes things a bit clearer.

#2 Updated by Simon Spannagel over 7 years ago

  • Affected Version set to git development version
  • % Done changed from 0 to 20
  • Status changed from New to Incomplete

SO maybe set it to "incomplete" since we're looking for other options?

#3 Updated by Tobias Ellinghaus over 6 years ago

  • System set to all
  • Status changed from Incomplete to Triaged
  • Category set to Lighttable

Has anyone come up with a decent idea? I am setting to Triaged since we acknowledge the issue and just don't have a good idea how to change it.

#4 Updated by Rudolf Martin over 5 years ago

My two cents to rewording "Import from camera" is "Transfer from camera" or "Copy from camera".

"Transfer" may imply that the image will be moved (copy and delete), which is not the case.

"Copy" describes best what happens, in opposite to "import", which doesn't imply a copy process.

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