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Lindman Releases QPict 7
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 12:23 EST)

A new design adds drag-and-drop simplicity to this powerful and attractive Mac digital asset manager.

Rune Lindman Development has released QPict 7.0, "the biggest update in the history of QPict," according to the company. Version 7.0 of the Macintosh digital asset manager is a Universal Binary with several new features including a metadata organizer, source list, integrated toolbar search, extended support for Raw files, support for more media file formats, 16-bit Raw image processing, automatic detection of corrupt media files and more.

New Design

"QPict 7 introduces new ways to organize and work with your media files that will improve the user experience and flexibility," the company said.

"QPict has always been one of the most powerful software available when it comes to functionality and flexibility. Now we have made all that power really easy to use. Previously you could use the powerful Actions window to do what you wanted, now you can also do most things simply by clicking and dragging files. It's just as easy as moving files between folders in the Finder."

Organizer List

The most important addition to QPict 7 is the Organizer List. The Organizer List lets you drag and drop meta data. Click on a keyword or any other meta data to show only matching files in the index. Change meta data by clicking in the name and renaming it. Drag media files from the index area to any keyword to assign the keyword to all of them.

A new User Guide is included with version 7, as well.

New Features

Highlights of the new release include:

• Source List

• Organizer List

• New User Guide

• Combo boxes with recent meta data

• Auto complete for input fields

• Option to view fullscreen on secondary display

• Search field in toolbar

• Browse rtfd text files for graphical contents

• Improved support for very large images

• Improved display of small media files in index window

• Shift-click to select range of items

• Meta data now written to media file

• Meta data now retained when exporting

• Exporting RAW files to jpeg now preserves EXIF

• Universal Binary

• List view major improvements

• Improved contextual menu in Index view

• Improved contextual menu in Media view

• Rating field support

• Rating as a search criteria

• Batch process rating (change,increase,decrease)

• Batch process priority (change,increase,decrease)

• Improved performance opening and working with very large indexes

• Keywords and Categories editable in list view

• Improved RAW support, support for more camera models

• True 16 bit processing of RAW files

• Browser auto-show in fullscreen index mode

• Play sound when stepping from last to first image in index

• Keyboard shortcut changes

• Option to show and hide file extensions

• Index with active tasks can now be closed

• Reveal Selection command

• Support for Minolta .jpe files

• Support for the .dv file extension

• Support for the .qt file extension

• Support for .3gp files

• Support for the .wmf extension

• Support for Canon EOS-1D Mark II RAW files

• Improved handling of corrupt media

• Option to validate media before access

• Avi files are recognized as supported by QPict in Finder

• Support for orientation tag in Canon RAW files

• Support for Sigma RAW (Foveon)

Pricing & Availability

A fully-functional, 20-day demo is available for download at http://www.qpict.net/download.html. Mac OS 10.3 or later is required (10.3.9 or later recommended).

The $35 Standard license is targeted toward the non-commercial user with email support and minor upgrades and bug fixes at no additional charge. The professional version -- which includes multiple users, free phone support, prioritized mail support, quick bug fix turnaround and prioritized feature requests -- is available at an introductory discount price of $99 until Nov. 30. And Enterprise license at $1,495 adds a worldwide unlimited license to the Professional license.

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