Qimage gets 48-bit TIFF, more!|
(Monday, May 21, 2001 - 14:44 EDT)
Qimage Pro 2001's latest release adds support for 48-bit TIFF; several new ICC color profiles now available as well...
An email from Mike Chaney, author of the popular (and highly recommended!) imaging utility Qimage Pro 2001 emailed us over the weekend with news of a new version. Qimage Pro 2001 v1.6 has the following new features and bug-fixes:
At the same time, Mike has also released a number of new ICC color profiles for users of the Fuji FinePix 6800, Canon Powershot S110 Digital ELPH, and Olympus C-700 UltraZoom digital cameras. The Qimage Pro Plugin Center has links to these and all the older ICC profiles (as well as several sRGB plugins, the previous format used by Qimage). The newer ICC profiles are accompanied by chromaticity diagrams and reference charts to show the effect of the profile, and the effects of all profiles/plugins are also demonstrated with sample images.
- 16 bit per channel (48 bit) TIFF images: Qimage Pro v1.6 can now read, display, print and manipulate 16 bit per channel TIFF images. You can also convert raw NEF/ORF images directly to 16 bit per channel TIFF images using a 100% 16 bit workflow from start to finish. When creating 16 bit per channel TIFF images from your raw NEF/ORF images, filtering capability is limited to unsharp mask, white balance, and exposure (auto levels) in version 1.6 since the other Qimage Pro filters work on an 8 bit per channel (24 bit) level. Mike plans to increase Qimage Pro's 16 bit per color channel capabilities in the future, but version 1.6 will give users a method for creating professional quality 16 bit/channel TIFF baseline images for use/manipulation in other software. In addition, if you have created, modified and/or saved 16 bit/channel TIFF images from another photo editor, Qimage Pro can now view/print these images directly without the need for conversion to 8 bit/channel images.
- Print single poster panel: In response to user request, Mike has provided the ability to print a selected poster panel. This can be handy for printing only a small section of a poster if one or more poster panels become torn or unusable during mounting. Access this feature by selecting one poster on the preview page and right clicking to select "Print Single Poster Panel". You may then enter the coordinates of the panel to be printed.
- ORF format bugs: Fixed a bug that was causing the ORF ICC profile to be applied twice if you specified a profile to profile conversion when converting E-10 ORF images from ORF to JPG/TIF/etc. Resulting images were too bright with supersaturated yellow/purple color. Also fixed a problem that was preventing ORF images from being deleted after some operations.
- Raw image initial defaults: Fixed the raw (NEF/ORF) defaults so that the correct default values get loaded on the first startup of QP or after deleting the qimage.ini file.
- Metric units for crop lock: Metric units are now used for the crop lock ratio in the batch filter if running in metric mode.
- Quick edit: Fixed inability to turn crop off via quick edit, and fixed the quick edit window so that it loads the global filter parameters if the global filter is on and no specific filter exists for the selected image. Also resized the quick edit window so there are no scroll bars.
- While printing: Disabled the ability to remove images from the queue during printing. Older versions produced a "list index out of bounds" error if you removed image(s) from the queue while printing was in progress.
- Undo button: Limited the undo button (batch filter window) so that it can no longer undo/revert to settings used in a previously edited photo.
Qimage Pro costs $35, and a 30-day time limited trial version can be downloaded free of charge. The color profiles and plugins can be purchased for $12.99 each. Note that Mike's company, Digital Domain Inc., now has a new website and hence the address for Qimage Pro has also changed - update those bookmarks!
Qimage Pro website