What is Qimage?
Qimage is a digital imaging application that has grown from its simple roots of printing multiple images on a single page, to being one of the most frequently referred to and highly recommended batch printing and processing applications in the world. Qimage is designed to make image printing easy and painless by eliminating the need to resample images to higher resolutions, manually place images on printed pages, make touchups and apply filters in separate photo editors, etc. For a purchase price that is a mere fraction of the cost of high end photo editors, you get an application that is capable of producing professional quality prints that exceed the quality of nearly all other photo printing applications, even high end (read incredibly expensive) photo editors. Although not designed to be (or replace) a full featured photo editor, the majority of the time you will find that Qimage is the only tool you need to enhance and/or print your digital images. With high quality image noise filtering, blemish and redeye removal, rotation, hybrid, vector, pyramid, and Lanczos print interpolation, and many other "on the fly" tools, Qimage may make many of your other digital imaging tools obsolete.
Qimage offers many features and techniques not found in any other digital imaging software. Check out the features below, but please note that this is not a comprehensive list!
Quality: Many professionals and amateurs agree, Qimage simply produces the best quality prints possible, bar none! Qimage is designed to print your original images at maximum quality no matter what type of printer you are using and no matter what the resolution of your original images. Internal print optimization algorithms use hybrid, vector, pyramid, or Lanczos resampling (much higher quality than traditional bicubic methods) to ensure that you never again have to worry about DPI, print sizes, or resolution numbers.
Ease of use: In addition to never again needing to fiddle with resampling, resaving photos to 300 DPI, etc., Qimage offers an efficient and simple means to automatically arrange multiple prints so that they use the least amount of expensive photo paper.
Flexibility: Numerous auto placement methods and full manual placement of images available for maximum flexibility. You can print images from different folders and even different drives in the same session, all with different print sizes if you like!
Lightning Raw: Raw flexibility without the slow processing penalty: work with your raw photos as you would any processed file (JPEG, TIFF, etc.). With Qimage Ultimate's lightning raw, your raw photos are developed once, cached, and only redeveloped when you make a change to the raw developing parameters. No other tool on the market supports this type of intelligent raw data caching!
Posters: Print 20 images on one page for contact sheets, three 4x6 images per page on an 8x10 page, mixed sizes of different (or the same) images, or a multi-page poster of a single image that covers an entire wall. The possibilities are limitless!
Professional quality image editing: Cropping, brightness, contrast, sharpening, levels, curves, auto-exposure compensation, CCD noise filters, blemish and redeye removal, image rotation, mirror, image information stamp, and luminance based unsharp mask are just some of the ways that you can enhance your images.
Associative and batch editing: You can apply filters (edits) that you design to images as "masks" that get associated with the original, eliminating the need to store separate/modified versions. Simply edit your images and Qimage will associate those edits with the original image, applying the edits to the original each time the image is opened for viewing/printing. Of course, you can always save the edited/modified images separately if you like so that they may be used in other applications or the web. Edits you design can be applied to a single image or hundreds of different images from different folders in batch. For example, you could apply a dark frame subtraction to remove all the "hot pixels" in long exposure photographs, and apply the "fix" to a dozen different images that you just took.
Color management (ICC) support: Full support to actually start managing your images for accurate color. Qimage allows you to link ICC profiles to multiple cameras separately so that you can ensure that you have the most accurate color possible. Also supports profile to profile conversions for images.
Many supported image types: Qimage currently supports the following image types: JPEG, TIFF, PSD, BMP, GIF, PCX, TGA, PCD, PNG, and raw formats from over 300 cameras!
Image Comparator: Compare any two images side-by-side using the built in "Image Comparator".
Fully automated slide shows: Use Qimage at photo events to continuously display images for customers. Ability to auto-advance and stamp each image with information needed for clients to identify photographs.
Image management: Copy, move, delete, auto-rename based on date, and download images from flash cards.
So how do I get started?
We recommend that you continue to the next section of the help, "Getting Familiar with Qimage Ultimate". There, you will learn how to use the functions on the main window to navigate through your images and create printouts easily.