Getting Familiar with Qimage Ultimate

First a note about skins: Note that the appearance of the above window and other windows is controlled by "skins" that can tailor the appearance for different tastes and workflows.  Click "Edit", "Preferences", "Skins" from the top menu to change the appearance of windows displayed in Qimage Ultimate.

"Queue" terminology: "Qimage" gets its name from the fact that many photos can be Queued to print.  This document will often refer to "the queue".  The queue in this context simply means "the document" that you've created by adding prints to the preview page.  If a thumbnail has been added to the preview page at a size of 5x7 for example, we might say that there is a 5x7 of that image "in the queue".  Please keep this in mind when referring to the help: "in the queue" simply means "in the current document to be printed".  If you click on the "Print Queue" tab in area 4 above, you can actually see the files that are in the queue ready to be printed (or batch processed).

Major areas of the main window: red labels 1-4 on the figure above

  1. Area 1 is the folder browser.  This is where you select a folder that contains your photos.  You simply navigate the folder tree and select a folder and the images in that folder are displayed automatically in the thumbnail grid (area 2).  The folder browser window can be opened/closed by clicking on the gray bar just above the folder tree.
  2. Area 2 shows you all the supported photos that exist in the folder that you selected in area 1 above.  Note that you can select one or more thumbs by clicking on them in the typical Windows fashion via Ctrl or Shift-click.  Once selected, thumb(s) can be added to the page in one of two ways.  You may click the "+" button on any thumbnail(s) to add prints at the current/default print size (hover over the "+" button to see that size).  You may also click the "Print properties" button on any selected thumbnail and the Print Properties dialog appears where you can select any size(s) you like on the fly.  Note: when selecting a size from the Print Properties dialog, you can single click to select/try a size or you can double click a size which will select that size and automatically close the Print Properties dialog.  Notice that the "+" icon on the thumbnails will turn green if that image has already been added: it is in the "queue" already , i.e. on the preview page.  All functions that can be applied to selected thumbnails (rename, copy, delete, etc.) can be accessed by right clicking in the the thumbnail grid (on any thumbnail).
  3. Area 3 is the preview page.  This page shows a preview of how prints are arranged and what your page(s) will look like when printed.  To change the appearance of prints on the preview page, you must first select the print(s) you want to change.  For example, select two prints and then change the print size by clicking the Print Properties button on either selected print, then select "5x7" or some other print size in the Print Properties dialog.  The buttons under the preview page can be used to move forward or back to view other pages, change the page from portrait to landscape, etc.  Note that the "Edit Page" button under the preview page opens a full featured page editor where print cropping, placement, text annotations, and other functions can be performed.  Not all page editing functions are available on the small preview page in area 3 so use the Edit Page button for more options.  All functions that can be applied to selected prints (new size, rotate print, etc.) can be accessed by right clicking on the the preview page (on any print).

  4. Area 4 is the Print Queue and Job Properties.  Click the "Print Queue" tab to display a listing of all images (file names) currently queued to print.  Click the "Job Properties" tab to control options related to how each page prints.  On the Job Properties tab, you may change print quality, color management, and turn features like file info on/off.
  5. The fifth area, not labeled in the above figure, is the main menu.  This menu contains headings such as "File" and "Edit" where you will find additional features that affect how Qimage Ultimate performs.  In the file menu, for example, you will find "Save" and "Recall" where you can save and recall printer setups (program and even driver settings) or entire jobs that you have previously saved!  Check out the "Menu Cheater" dialog (fourth icon, top left) as it allows quick access to the most used menu functions without having to navigate menus.


Printing multiple images: the simplest workflow

Due to the very high level of functionality available in Qimage Ultimate, typical workflows can vary widely depending on whether or not you need/want certain features. The following, however, is a good baseline of how to quickly print images assuming you know which images you would like to print:

  1. Use "File", "Printer Setup" to select your printer, paper, and paper size.
  2. Use area 1 to navigate to a folder that contains images that you want to print.
  3. Select one or more thumbnails from area 2.  The Print Properties auto-popup will open automatically.  Select the desired print size and the selected thumbnails will be added to the queue (preview page) at that size.
  4. Click the "Print" button on the upper right of the main window.

Note: the above identifies a method of printing multiple images at the same print size. A vast array of functions exists which allow you to change the appearance of your printout even after you have added images, but the above identifies the minimum recommended steps to simple multiple image printing. If you routinely print multiple images at different sizes within the same printout, simply select thumbnails one at a time and click the desired size in the Print Properties auto-popup.

Printing multiple images: previewing each image prior to adding to the queue

The following outlines the simple steps required to preview images prior to printing.

  1. Use area 1 to navigate to a folder that contains images that you want to print.
  2. In area 2, select all thumbnails that you believe to be candidates for printing. You can multi-select using the standard Windows Ctrl-click or Shift-click methods. If you would like to preview all thumbnails in the current folder, simply right click in the thumbnail area and click "Select All". All thumbnails will be selected.
  3. Right click in the thumbnail area (area 2) and choose "Preview/Add to queue".
  4. Images will be displayed in a separate window and in a larger format. You may use that window to scroll forward/back through the selected thumbs using the left and right arrow buttons.
  5. As each image is displayed in the large preview window, you may click "Add" to add that image to be printed.  Alternatively, you can check "Select this image" at the bottom of the preview window to simply refine your selection of thumbnails.  Once you close the preview window, only the thumbnails you selected will be marked in the thumbnail grid (area 2)

Changing/modifying settings after adding images to the queue

There are a host of options available for changing the appearance of your pages/prints even after you have created a document. Many commonly used features such as ability to change the size or fit of prints on the page, etc. can be accessed simply by selecting one or more prints on the preview page(s) and then using the controls in area 8.Visual/manual sizing and placement and more complex functions can be performed by opening the full page editor using a right click on the preview page and selecting "Edit Page".