fotocx - Man Page

  Fotocx - photo/image editor and collection manager

  Organize and manage a large image collection. Edit and optimize photos and
  other images, edit metadata, search images, and perform batch operations.
  Fotocx is a GTK GUI application. The included user manual explains Fotocx
  operation in great detail. The following is a summary of capabilities.

  • Organize and manage a very large photo/image collection.
  • Comprehensive user guide and popup context help via F1 key.
  • Thumbnail browser/navigator with variable thumb size and metadata view.
  • Click thumbnail for full-size view, image zoom in/out and pan/scroll.
  • RAW file conversion, single or batch, output with 8 or 16 bits per color.
  • Large set of functions to edit, repair, refine, and transform images.
  • Internal processing in 24 bits per color (float), output in 8 or 16 bits.
  • Edited files have a version number, originals are retained by default.
  • Fast edit visual feedback using the full image or selected zoom-in area.
  • Undo/Redo button - go back and forth to compare original/edited versions.
  • Conventional edit functions include: brightness, contrast, color, rotate,
    saturation, crop, rescale, sharpen, denoise, blur, paint, fix red eyes,
    markup (text/line/arrow/box/oval), fix perspective, fix lens distortion,
    remove chromatic aberration, warp/unwarp, smart erase (remove spoilers),
    soft focus, match colors, vignette (add/remove), suppress JPEG artifacts,
    HDR (combine dark/light images), HDF (combine different focus depths),
    stack/layer edit, panorama (2-6 images), photo montage, color profile ...
  • Advanced edit functions to bring out details and add flair to an image:
    local contrast, remove fog/haze, edit or flatten brightness distribution,
    retinex, steepen gradients, brightness ramp, convert negative, sepia ...
  • A large set of creative special effects and arty transforms is available:
    outline, sketch, cartoon, emboss, tiles, dither, painting, mosaic, sphere,
    engrave, texture, pattern, tiny planet, Escher spiral, custom kernels ...
  • Edit functions can be 'painted' locally and gradually, using the mouse.
  • Select image objects or areas to edit separately from the background:
    outline by hand, follow feature edges, 'flood' into matching colors ...
  • Complex feature edges can be accurately selected (e.g. hair, foliage).
  • Copy areas within and across images by mouse painting and blending.
  • Create or maintain transparent image areas while editing.
  • Mashup: arrange images and text in an arbitrary layout using the mouse.
    (objects can be resized, rotated, overlapped with transparent areas ...)
  • Custom scripts: record a series of edits and use as a new edit function.
  • Custom user menu: collect frequently used functions into one menu.
  • Plugins: use Gimp, Imagemagick ... as embedded Fotocx edit functions.
  • Batch tools: rename, resize, convert, export, add/revise/report metadata,
    convert RAW files, add overlay text, apply custom edit script.
  • Metadata edit and report (tags, dates, titles, geotags ... any metadata).
  • Search images using any metadata and folder/file names or partial names:
    dates, tags, locations, ratings, titles, descriptions, exposure data ...
  • Show a table of images by location and date range, click for image gallery.
  • Show an image calendar, click on year or month for a gallery of images.
  • Scalable internet map, click on marker for gallery of images at location.
  • Add location and geocoordinates to an image by clicking on this map.
  • View 360 degree panorama image (Google Street View format).
  • Show video files as thumbnails (choose thumbnail frame), play video.
  • Show animated GIF files as thumbnails (first frame), play animation.
  • Bookmarks: assign names to folder/file locations, go to name (gallery).
  • Create albums with chosen images arranged by drag & drop. No duplication.
  • Slide show: show album images with animated transitions and pan/zoom.
  • Print an image at any scale. Printer color calibration tool available.
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts can be assigned to chosen functions.
  • Cycle wallpaper images from a Fotocx album or any folder of image files.
  • Source and binary packages are installable on most recent Linux flavors.
  • Gnu GPL3 license (everything is free to use as you please).

  The User Guide is available from the menu Help > User Guide
  The home page for Fotocx is at

  Written by Mike Cornelison <>


2024-01-01 Linux Fotocx man page