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0001 .. meta:: 0002 :description: Overview to Showfoto Image Editor 0003 :keywords: digiKam, documentation, user manual, photo management, open source, free, learn, easy, image, editor, showfoto 0004 0005 .. metadata-placeholder 0006 0007 :authors: - digiKam Team 0008 0009 :license: see Credits and License page for details (https://docs.digikam.org/en/credits_license.html) 0010 0011 .. _showfoto_overview: 0012 0013 Overview 0014 ======== 0015 0016 .. contents:: 0017 0018 Showfoto is a stand alone version of the famous :ref:`digiKam Image Editor <image_editor>`. It works mostly like this one, but with slight differences and supplemental features that we will see in this section of the manual. 0019 0020 .. figure:: images/showfoto_main_window.webp 0021 :alt: 0022 :align: center 0023 0024 The Showfoto Stand-Alone Editor Main Window 0025 0026 Differences with Image Editor 0027 ============================= 0028 0029 One main difference between Showfoto and digiKam Image Editor is the **non-support of any database**. For all files loaded in the editor, Showfoto deals directly with the file-metadata. As Showfoto is just an editor and does not support all capabilities for photo management program (as a powerful search tool), it's not necessary to cache files-information in a database. 0030 0031 .. important:: 0032 0033 As Showfoto does not use a database, application lack **image versioning** support. 0034 0035 Other difference with digiKam Image Editor is the **Left sidebar**. In Showfoto all photo management is delegate to the Main Window and the left sidebar host two tab to navigate through your file-system: 0036 0037 - :ref:`First one <showfoto_folderstab>`, named **Folders** allows to go in-deep in directory hierarchies as a standard files manager. You can see the image thumbnails and the current path. Clicking on a thumbnail will load the contents to the canvas. 0038 0039 - :ref:`Second one <showfoto_stacktab>`, named **Stack** allows to host you preferred items previously selected in the **Folders** tab. 0040 0041 The **Right Sidebar** is exactly the same than Image Editor, excepted the tabs depending exclusively to the database. **Captions** and **Versions** are not available in Showfoto. Looks in :ref:`this section of this manual <right_sidebar>` to found information about tabs present in Showfoto. 0042 0043 Another difference with digiKam Image Editor is the new entries in **File** menu: 0044 0045 - **Open**: can load files in the stack. A standard open file dialog will allows to choose the items from the disk. 0046 0047 - **Open folder**: can specify the folder to parse all items to load in the stack.