Enhance Your Captured Digital Images using ‘SmartShine’ in Ubuntu

‘SmartShine’ is a simple image enhancer for Ubuntu, that uses a command-line based tool called ‘aaPhoto‘. If you have images that are pre-processed (adding color corrections etc), there could be very that little ‘SmartShine’ can do for you. And if you try to use it on such images then the output might even look uglier than the original image.

However, it can come in handy while enhancing images that are taken from a digital camera for instance, because most low-end digital cameras don’t have the power to pre-process images with advanced algorithms, thus one can always enhance their quality using tools like these.

Once loaded, we don’t have to do anything, it’ll scan the images and automatically enhances them. But, ‘SmartShine’ does not let you add a folder, so if you have a large collection of images then you have to add one by one manually to its window, which is its biggest drawback.

It also supports resizing, rotating, image flipping, enable/disable including ‘EXIF’ information and changing the quality of the output image (supports JPEG, JP2, BMP and PNG formats) as well.

You can install ‘SmartShine‘ in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (that is the only version it supports) by using the below commands in your Terminal window.

apt-add-repository ppa:dhor/myway

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smartshine

Once installed, search for ‘smartshine’ in Unity’s Dash for opening it.

It got stuck few (2 or 3) times while I was using it, but other than that, for a fairly new tool it worked really well.

That’s it (thanks ‘Atareaso‘ for the tip!).

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