Qimage updated to v2007.201|
(Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 15:35 EDT)
Mike Chaney, author of popular Windows imaging utility Qimage, just emailed us to let us know he's released a new version (v2007.201) with some new features and bug fixes.
If you're not already familiar with Qimage, it's a program we've mentioned many times over the years, and one we rate as one of the most consistently useful (and frequently improved) shareware imaging programs we've discovered. We use it regularly ourselves, and its features range from printing (the original forte and reason behind the program's existence) through image editing, to filtering, batch-processing, management, comparison, slide-shows and more.
Updates in Qimage v2007.201 are described in the following list courtesy of DDI Software:
All of the above features were also included in the v2007.200 version that was released yesterday, but in addition v2007.201 fixes an invalid date error that some users had experienced. A demo of the program can be downloaded for a 30-day trial, and unlocked to enable your choice of features - either Lite ($34.95), Professional ($49.95), or Studio ($89.95). A copy on CD can be purchased for a further premium of $10. The program is available only on the Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, and Vista platforms.
- Raw support: Qimage now supports raw image formats for over 250 cameras in the Studio Edition. While not intended to replace your raw conversion tool of choice, Qimage does offer full color managed support and even offers the ability to use custom profiles by doing nothing more than creating an ICC profile, naming it with your camera model, and dropping the file into the "profiles" folder. With the ability to print contact sheets of your raw images, rate them (see below), and create final prints, you may find yourself using Qimage to process many of your raw images while reserving more powerful developing tools for correcting exposure, rebalancing, etc. only when necessary. Note that the Lite and Pro editions do not support raw image formats, so if you need support for raw image formats, consider a trade-up from Lite or Pro.
- New image rating system: Rate all your images with a 1-5 rating quickly and easily, and even sort thumbnails by rating. Image ratings appear on thumbnails so you can quickly move through the images you want. Note that this option is not available in the Lite Edition.
- Color management upgrade: The color management engine has been upgraded with a faster, more efficient version.
- Printer color management: Convenient new entry in the "Prtr ICC" dropdown to select "Let printer/driver manage color".
- Batch filter: Fixed a bug that was causing a crop to appear when using the white balance dropper under certain conditions.