The version of the program described here, 0.9.0a3, is alpha quality software. Not all its features have been written—while pretty much everything under the hood has been written, some elements of the user interface that configure them have not been. The missing features are the components of the graphical user interface that are used to configure file renaming, download subfolder generation, backups, and miscellaneous other program preferences.
Read about the features of the older, stable release of the program here.
Rapid Photo Downloader downloads from every camera supported by gphoto2, including smartphones. It downloads in parallel from as many devices as you can simultaneously plug in, as well as directly from your computer.
Unique to Rapid Photo Downloader is its Timeline, which groups photos and videos based on how much time elapsed between consecutive shots. Use it to identify photos and videos taken at different periods in a single day or over consecutive days.
You can adjust the time elapsed between consecutive shots that is used to build the Timeline to match your photo and video shoots, setting it to as little as 5 minutes to as much as 24 hours.
Let Rapid Photo Downloader do the tedious work for you:
- 1Devices like cameras, phones and memory cards are automatically detected.
- 2Files that have already been downloaded are remembered. You can still select previously downloaded files to download again, but they are unchecked by default, and their thumbnails are dimmed so you can differentiate them from files that are yet to be downloaded.
- 3Preview the folder structure of your download subfolders before you start the download.
- 4The order in which thumbnails are generated prioritizes representative samples, based on time, which is useful for those who download very large numbers of files at a time.
- 5Thumbnails can be sorted using a variety of criteria, including by device and file type.
- 6The storage space used by photos, videos, and other files on the devices being downloaded from is displayed for each device. If your camera uses two memory cards, both will be displayed.
- 8The projected storage space on the computer to be used by photos and videos about to be downloaded is also displayed.
- 9Downloading is disabled when the projected storage space required is more than the capacity of the download destination.
- 10When more than one device is plugged in, thumbnails for a particular device are briefly highlighted when the mouse is moved over the device.
The file names created by cameras are largely meaningless. Based on options you specify, Rapid Photo Downloader can:
- 1rename camera generated file names
- 2automatically create download folders that make your workflow more efficient
Generate file and subfolder names using:
Whether you regularly take hundreds of thousands of photos a session, or your needs are more modest, Rapid Photo Downloader can download vast numbers of photos and videos with minimum fuss.
Rapid Photo Downloader has been carefully optimized to download and rename your files at the highest speed possible. Compared to previous versions, the new version of Rapid Photo Downloader generates thumbails even more quickly than before. Thumbnails are generated asynchronously and in parallel, using a load balancer to assign work to processes utilizing up to 4 CPU cores.
Thumbnails generated when a device is scanned are cached, making thumbnail generation much quicker on subsequent scans, including for smartphones.
The big exception to rapid download and thumbnail generation speed is smartphones—read why here.
As it downloads your photos and videos, Rapid Photo Downloader can back up to devices like external hard drives. It can:
- 1use as many backup devices as you can plug in
- 2automatically recognize backup devices as soon as they are inserted
- 3back up to a location that never changes, such a network directory
- 4back up photos to one device and videos to another, or use the same devices for both
The folder structure and filenames used for the backups will be identical to those used for downloading onto your computer's primary drive.
Rapid Photo Downloader enhances your productivity:
- 1common tasks can be automated—start downloading on program startup and device insertion, unmount devices when completed, delete dowloaded images from devices, and exit automatically when finished downloading
- 2preferences are configured using an easy to use dialog window, without the need for complicated codes
Rapid Photo Downloader runs under all major Linux desktops. It creates thumbnails for RAW and TIFF files so they appear in programs like Gnome Files, Nemo, Caja, Thunar, PCManFM and Dolphin. While generating these thumbnails does slow the download process a little, it's a worthwhile tradeoff because Linux desktops typically do not generate thumbnails for RAW images, and thumbnails only for small TIFFs. You can turn off this feature if you prefer.
Rapid Photo Downloader has been partially translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Russian, Finnish, Italian, Swedish, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Danish, Serbian, Ukrainian and Norwegian Nynorsk. It has been less translated into Bulgarian, Croatian, Estonian, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian Bokmal, Occitan (post 1500), Persian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, and Turkish. Additional languages are most welcome. Read this to learn more about how you can translate Rapid Photo Downloader into your own language.