Feature #8737

solo, single plugin button

Added by Sladjan Ristic over 7 years ago.

Closed: won't fix
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Add a 'solo' button, the button should be in the plugin title and disable all other plugins while enabled. That way, slow plugins in the stack can be shut off at will for example.


#1 Updated by Simon Spannagel over 7 years ago

  • Priority changed from Medium to Low
  • Category set to Darkroom


this is not possible or useful for several reasons:

a) there are modules that can't be turned off like demosaic or whitebalance, so you always go with them
b) since you turn off everything else, even things before your actual module in the pipe you won't be able to determine its real effect on the image with the rest of your modules enabled.

Since we're aiming to make darktable as fast as possible this would be more a workaround for speed and clutter the UI since we have even more tiny buttons to be separated on clicking.

I think the way to cope with this is just shutting down the slow modules by hand - I mean you know which there are for sure...
Otherwise: convince me of the need...!


#2 Updated by Sladjan Ristic over 7 years ago

Hi, I was using the equalizer plugin, or sharpen and denoise. Those are relatively slow, so when I continued changing exposure for instance afterwards, it was sluggish.

Yes, there are probably not many plugins that slow and I could turn them off by hand. But I figured it would be convenient not to have to leave the current plugin to do that, but have one button - maybe where the groups are - to just disable all but the highlighted plugin.

I was also thinking about getting the most speed out of those slower plugins while working with them by turning all the others off. Again maybe there is no noticable difference there for most plugins.

Mostly I wanted this function for the denoise filters, where really only wanted to see the best tradeoff between noise and detail.

I was just pitching an idea for convenience, don't wan unnessecary clutter in DT. :)


#3 Updated by Richard Wonka over 7 years ago

Hey Sladi,

I have assigned keyboard shortcuts for some modules (e.g. [ctrl]+o for crop/rotate) that allows me to switch them on and off very quickly without dropping my current focus. - Maybe that will work for you?



#4 Updated by Sladjan Ristic over 7 years ago

Thanks, looks like the way to go. Didn't know about that possibility.


#5 Updated by Simon Spannagel over 7 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Closed: won't fix

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