Qimage Pro 2002 released!|
(Tuesday, December 18, 2001 - 00:14 EST)
Popular imaging utility gets a new number for a new year soon to come...
Mike Chaney, author of the superb Qimage Pro and Profile Prism imaging utilities, has emailed to let us know of a new release of the former. Qimage Pro 2002 v1.1 is a fairly major new release, with a raft of new features as follows (info courtesy of the Qimage Pro website):
- Levels and curves: Two of the most powerful image editing tools available arrive in the debut of Qimage Pro 2002. Adjust levels and curves for the luminance (brightness) channel, or separate RGB channels and apply these settings as an associative filter or create new images. Although you can create separate copies of filtered images as always, the amazing speed of the new filters will encourage you to simply apply your changes as an associative filter, eliminating the need to store anything other than your originals and allowing you to open the filter parameters and change them at any time. Sliders that operate via mouse or arrow keys and curves that can be drawn with up to 17 points are just some of the features that help in developing professional quality filters for your images.
- Batch filter auto-preview: Since levels and curves are primarily visual components, a fast and efficient method was developed for viewing, accepting, and canceling filter changes. This new option called "Auto Preview" can be turned on/off via the batch filter "View" menu option. When turned on (default), a small real time preview window automatically opens when any filter parameter is changed. When finished previewing the changes to one or more filter parameters, the changes can be accepted with "OK" or thrown out using "Cancel".
- Preview filtered/unfiltered images using a splitter: The real time preview window also boasts a new slider that allows you to drag your filter mask over only part of the preview if you like. An incredibly useful feature, this allows you to preview both the original and filtered image in real time using the same window!
- Numerous batch filter speed enhancements: Many aspects of batch filter operation have been optimized to provide you with faster previews, faster filters, and more efficient use of memory. While these speed improvements apply to all image types, filtering of raw (NEF/ORF) images has improved by a factor of 10 or more for most filters! The new version evaluates the type of filters being used and can detect when a reload of the raw image is necessary, such as when changing white balance, unsharp mask, and exposure correction. All other filters will operate many times faster than before with respect to raw images.
- Cosmetic and operational improvements: Numerous cosmetic and operational improvements have been made to this latest version as well, including better window sizing for the batch filter window, ability to instantly filter any thumbnail by highlighting the thumbnail(s) and pressing Ctrl-F, etc.