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I am in Xubuntu 12.10 and Thunar doesn't access the camera memory (Canon) so as to just copy/paste the pictures.

I want to import the pictures onto the PC.

I heard about F-spot and rapid-photo-downloader - but what I read on them were rather old articles. Are they the thing?

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    In this answer I discuss a few useful things. Maybe you can modify the script from that answer and get your camera to mount using gvfs-mount on gphoto2:// and then it should be available in Thunar. – user76204 May 29 '13 at 16:31
  • I find interesting all the answer, especially the script and the idea of using Shotwell. The script would be more useful for a specific camera, Shotwell for dealing with any cameras. I'll edit and even maybe create an answer linked to yours, if this is suitable, as soon as I have the opportunity to test these solutions. – user47206 May 30 '13 at 17:29
  • gthumb also has a useful import facility, but I should see which options listed in the linked answer are best for you. – user76204 May 30 '13 at 18:35
  • @Mik - is there a specific command to import pictures with gthumb? just seeing them in gthumb, selecting them and right-click "copy to..." would stuck the program during the processing of the first picture (in the case of the Canon I was testing with). Rapid Photo Downloader is affected by a bug so I left it out of this. Shotwell worked perfectly and I have created an answer for it – user47206 May 30 '13 at 19:02
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    Yes, in gthumb > file > import from > removable device. Shotwell works fine though, as you demonstrate. – user76204 May 30 '13 at 22:23
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This answer is the result of info provided by Mik in a comment, indicating an answer of his.


Shotwell Install Shotwelldoes very well what is asked.

Just connect the camera and start it (without mounting it), and run Shotwell . It will try to access the pictures.

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In this way the camera contents are visible. Selecting some or all of them you can then right-click import them into ~/Pictures/Year/Month_etc/

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After that the program will offer to delete the pictures on the camera.

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Pictures are stored in multiple directory levels, according to year, month, day, but this is customizable - under 'Edit/Preferences' - Importing: Directory structure.

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