A couple of weeks ago, when I first learned about LighZone, a photo editor, was opensourced, my reaction was "heck, even if it is Java, I should try it and compare with darktable", but the first impression was a failure: my access to the website is blocked! How dumb is for a FOSS project to blindly block all customers of the largest ISP from a country? What else they block? Angry, I made a screenshot and then forgot about it for a while.
Too good to be true? Indeed! The package fails due a dependency on liblzma.so. So the screenshots below are made under Windows:
- the browser mode in LightZone has the features, but is slightly harder to use compared with darktable;
- in editing mode, LightZone is based on predefined styles: you pick one and then adjust parameters. With enough adjusting, you can probably get anywhere. Is beginner friendly, but I feel it limiting;
- for those who need that, darktable has the tethering mode;
- LightZone is truly multiplaform (is Java), while darktable pretty much Linux-only;
- in 5 minutes it crashed once.