Qimage Pro v3.02 released!|
(Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 17:52 EDT)
New version brings higher-quality color profiling, bug-fixes...
Mike Chaney, author of image printing and editing app Qimage Pro has been in touch to let us know that he's released a new version of the program. QImage Pro 3.02 has a number of changes, most significantly a completely redone color profiling system that promises much higher accuracy. Currently the new profiling is available only for NEF/ORF raw file conversion, however Mike is working on converting existing camera profiles to the new standard.
Changes in 3.0 and the two subsequent minor releases (3.01 and 3.02) are as follows:
Mike has also told us that he has a new program on the way:
- New level of color accuracy: Qimage Pro now uses LUT (look up table) profiles built using proprietary gamut mapping and data smoothing technology. The new v3.0 color profiles are already included for NEF/ORF (raw) images in Qimage Pro v3.0 and other camera specific profiles are being converted to the v3.0 standard as well. v3.0 ICC profiles make no compromises when it comes to color. Each part of the color spectrum is mapped specifically so that you get vibrant, accurate color across the entire spectrum without having to compromise some parts of the spectrum to enhance others. Although the v3.0 profiles can be applied just as fast as the older profiles, the v3.0 profiles are significantly larger in size (about 240KB compared to the older 2KB profiles). As a result, the Qimage Pro download is now a bit larger (3.7 MB up from 3.0 MB) and the profiles that are sold separately are now about 200KB and are sent in ZIP format.
- Operational speed: Increased the speed of thumbnail building and image viewing/editing when a monitor ICC profile is in effect.
- Batch filter "weirdness": Fixed a problem that was causing filter parameters to change spontaneously while using the batch filter if the thumbnail builder was running in the background at the same time.
- Invalid size after "Quick Edit": Fixed a bug that was causing prints to change to an inappropriate size after using "Quick Edit" from the queue.
- D1x NEF fix: Fixed the NEF decoder so that Qimage Pro can recognize and decode all NEF formats regardless of how the NEF was acquired: copied directly from the camera card, downloaded via Nikon software, saved via firewire, etc.
- Fix for 8 bit and other non-24 bit formats: Fixed an "LCMS DLL" access violation error when building thumbnails or attempting to view images that are not 24 bit color (8 bit grayscale, 256 color, etc.)
"Since we are achieving such success with our custom profiler, we intend to release a digital camera profiling package as a new software tool soon! This product will be independent from Qimage Pro and will allow users to create their own specific camera profiles. This software will prove to be an incredible bargain since it will be significantly cheaper than most other camera profiling packages on the market and will have the power to create profiles for specific lighting conditions, specific camera settings, etc. E.T.A. of this new (as yet unnamed) product is on or before Oct 1, 2001. We understand the enthusiasm that this announcement will likely generate, however, we ask that you do not email us asking specifics about the software as it will only slow us down in our development. Details will be provided at a later date."
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