Free Lightroom alternative Darktable was recently updated to version 2.4.0, an update that is joined by a new milestone for the open source software: for the very first time, it has been ported to Windows. The Windows port is incomplete at the moment, lacking a few features like printing support, but the team said in a blog post that, “we are confident that it’s quite usable already and hope you will enjoy it.”
Darktable is an open source “virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers,” and one that frequently pops up on “free Adobe alternative” lists online; however, until now, it had only been available for Linux and Mac. Version 2.4 brings numerous changes and some new features, including: tweaks to design elements, support for the basic import of Lightroom 7 settings, removal of the 51200 ISO limit, some usability improvements such as the ability to make new module instances using the middle mouse button, and a new haze removal module (among others).
The update also applies numerous bug fixes, adds new camera, noise profiles, and white balance preset support, changes some dependencies, and adds new software translations.
As for the Windows port, Darktable says this version currently has “a few limitations,” such as needing special drivers to tether. It also has some bugs, one of which is apparently a lack of non-ASCII character file name support when exporting and importing TIFF files. Still, the Windows version gives PC users something to play around with until the next update… and the one after that. Before long, Darktable for Windows might become a very popular Adobe alternative that will cost you 0 dollars and 0 cents.
Darktable 2.4.0 can be downloaded now from GitHub. The full version changelog can be found in the team’s