Using the Electron framework to weed out images

Programming Snapshot – Electron

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Does the private photo archive on your computer just keep on growing without ever seeing any attention? Mike Schilli whips up a home-grown solution to get rid of bad photos with the Electron framework.

Two months ago, I used facial recognition with artificial intelligence to rummage through my digital shoebox of vacation photos on the quest to discover hidden treasures [1]. That made me realize how little I know about the content of my own photo archive. No doubt this unfortunate state of affairs is caused by my laziness, as every time I come home from a trip, all photos from the mobile phone go directly to a folder on the PC. But once they get there, they tend to grow moss, because there is no keyword attached to them to enable finding them later in a search.

Separating Wheat from Chaff

As a first step, I thought about at least taking out the bad photos before archiving the whole batch. It's hard to do this from the command line, because I have to look at the picture to make a decision.

Now there are a number of programs like Eye of Gnome (eog) for viewing and editing photo collections, but I haven't found one that suits my taste yet. I am looking for a lean application that reads images very quickly and, of course, doesn't prompt me to confirm once I've said I want to delete an image  – anything else would be unworthy of an expert. How hard could it be to write something like this myself?

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