Qimage updated to v2009.100|
(Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 04:24 EDT)
A new version of popular Windows imaging utility Qimage has just been released, we hear from author Mike Chaney.
If you're not already familiar with Qimage, it's a program we've mentioned many times on this news page, and one which we rate as one of the most consistently useful (and frequently improved) shareware imaging programs we've discovered. We use it regularly at the Imaging Resource, 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.
Mike Chaney describes the changes in Qimage v2009.100 as follows:
"This major revision offers upgraded and refined support for raw photos in the Studio Edition plus some incremental fixes and optimizations for the Lite and Professional Editions. The Studio Edition not only supports raw photos from over 300 cameras, but also has a significantly upgraded user interface for dealing with raw photos. Utilizing smart exposure and adaptive noise reduction techniques, Qimage Studio Edition can now display, print, or convert most of your raw photos with no manual adjustments whatsoever! No more spending hours dragging manual sliders trying to get each raw photo in a batch ready to print. In rare cases where adjustments are necessary, one click is all that is needed in the new "Refine Raw Exposure" dialog to adjust exposure, correct WB, or add fill light using the new-for-2009 high quality fill light function. Automated fast loading techniques allow you to view most raw photos in under 4 seconds full screen, opening up the ability to browse, rate, view, and print raw photos like you would any other photo format such as JPEG and eliminating the extra step of pre-developing your raw photos. Existing Qimage users will appreciate the ability to just drag raw photos to the page and print with professional photo quality that is synonymous with the name Qimage! Also be sure to check out our camera ICC profiles that further enhance the already excellent color fidelity that can be achieved with Qimage/raw."A demo of Qimage can be downloaded for a 30-day trial, and the full program is available now to purchase in three versions - either Lite ($34.95), Professional ($49.95), or Studio ($89.95). Details on the differences between the three versions can be found on the Qimage website. A copy on CD can be purchased for a further premium of $10. Existing customers get free lifetime upgrades for their version, and can also opt to upgrade to a higher version of the program for the price difference between the version they have, and the version they desire. The program is available only on the Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, and Vista platforms.