Qimage Pro adds Fuji S2 RAW support|
(Monday, August 5, 2002 - 18:05 EDT)
Latest version can convert RAW files from Fuji's top-end digital SLR without using the official Fuji Raw File Converter...
Mike Chaney of Digital Domain Inc., author of Qimage Pro and Profile Prism, just let us know of a significant update to the former program. Qimage Pro 2002 v2.3, released today, adds support for the RAW file format used by Fuji's FinePix S2 Pro digital SLR. Mike tells us that by using Qimage instead of Fuji's own Raw File Converter, you can expect more accurate color, increased speed, reduced moire artifacts and more. A partial list of changes in the new version courtesy of the DDI Software website follows:
- Fuji S2 raw (RAF) support: v2.3 now offers full and direct support for viewing, converting, and printing Fuji S2 raw (RAF) images. Fuji S2 raw image support is now independent from the Fuji Raw File Converter and does not require that the Fuji software (EX or LE versions) be installed to utilize raw images from the S2 camera. Simply shoot in raw mode, download your RAF files, and use them directly in Qimage Pro. For those who also use the Fuji Raw File Converter software, a link to the Fuji RFC as an external application has been placed under "Settings", "Raw Format Options" so that raw images can be passed to the Fuji software as well. Below are just a few advantages of using Qimage Pro as your S2 raw file utility:
- Incredible color accuracy through built-in custom S2 profile
- Accurate and automatic control of tonal range
- Reduced moire artifacts
- Convert up to 1.5 times faster than Fuji RFC
- View raw images quickly in draft mode (1/4 size) to assess quality
- Slide shows - both draft mode and full size
- Print contact sheets quickly using draft mode or full size images
- View and print full 12 MP raw images at optimum quality
- Batch convert directly to TIFF, JPEG, and other formats
- PhotoShop 7 TIFF images: Improved Qimage Pro's TIFF support so that compressed TIFF images with layers (saved via PhotoShop 7) do not cause "Image Read Error" messages.
- Quick Size Dialog: Fixed a problem that caused the "Quick Size" dialog to appear corrupted (with controls overlayed on other controls) if using the standard/small main window size.