New in Qimage Ultimate 2017.115:
put your printer into overdrive!
New overdrive interpolation
setting drives your printer at double its native resolution (4x the
pixels) for the most detailed prints possible!
We always strive to
improve Qimage Ultimate so that it can make the most of improvements
in printer hardware. Today's printers typically run at the
same native driver resolutions as they did a decade ago: either 600
or 720 PPI. We've found that the latest printer models can
actually render detail well beyond these native resolutions,
particularly on glossy or semi-gloss papers. Qimage Ultimate
2017.115 now allows you to "overdrive" your printer beyond the
native driver resolution to get even finer detail (see example
One reason that
manufacturers have not increased native
driver resolution beyond 600-720 PPI is that most software
can't handle sending the (4x) extra data to the driver without
running into memory issues. With Qimage Ultimate's proprietary
print engine that actually manages print data rather than
overwhelming the driver by trying to pass all the data at once, the
sky is the limit! So when you need your prints to pass the
highest level of scrutiny, feel free to use the new overdrive
2400 PPI scans of actual prints showing
extreme micro detail at high magnification
These scans show ~1/4 inch wide test strips of prints from the Canon
Native driver resolution (600 PPI) on the left. New overdrive (1200 PPI)
on the right.
Resampling to Native Printer/Driver
Resolution: Does it Really Help?
July 2011 article, we debunk the myth that there is nothing to gain by
resampling to your printer driver's native resolution (PPI).
Qimage Ultimate - The World's
Smartest Photo Printing Algorithms
Maximum detail: Qimage knows the
native resolution used by every Windows printer driver and will
automatically resample using the highest quality interpolation and
antialiasing algorithms to ensure that prints of any size have the maximum
detail possible! Bypassing the printer drivers' rudimentary scaling
algorithms provides maximum quality for small and large prints alike!
Consistent sharpness: Qimage's smart
sharpening takes many factors into account when producing final prints to
ensure that your 13x19 photos look as good and have sharpness equivalent to
your 4x6 snapshots! All calculations are performed transparent to the
user. There is nothing to adjust on a print-by-print basis!
Data handling: Smart data management
means sending image data to printer drivers in smaller chunks rather than
overwhelming drivers by dumping the entire image at once. Qimage's
proprietary printer driver data streaming not only ensures more reliable
printing, but it also allows Qimage to succeed in printing gargantuan prints
where other tools fail. In addition, Qimage can overcome printer
driver length limitations entirely if the driver offers a roll paper/banner
paper selection, allowing Qimage to go far beyond the 44 or 127 inch limit
of your driver! It is not uncommon, for example, to hear from Qimage
users who have printed one contiguous panoramic print 20 feet long when
their Epson driver stops at only 127 inches!
Eliminate job-to-job setup errors:
Qimage's automated job log and its ability to save/recall jobs and printer
settings ensures that once you get all the variables just right for your
setup, you'll never have to set those parameters again! Do you use
multiple printers or just multiple papers with different ICC profiles that
require specific printer driver settings? Just set them once, save,
and recall at any time.
Compared to Photoshop
Actual scanned print example (rose stamens)
~ 1 inch close-up of 40x30 inch print
Open photo and print w/identical printer driver settings
Compared to Lightroom 3
Actual print enlargement from original Sigma SD14 1:1 crop
Compared to Lightroom 4
Scan of actual 24x16 inch print
Qimage Ultimate 2012
Notes on above comparisons:
In Qimage Ultimate, printer driver
settings were selected for paper, quality, etc. and image was printed with all
In PS and LR, "print resolution" was
set to 600 PPI to give PS and LR the best chance of matching QU using
Identical printer driver settings
were used in all programs.
Canon Pro 9000 used for comparisons,
which has a native 600 PPI driver resolution.
Qimage Ultimate picked 600 PPI as
the printing default because it read the native resolution from the Canon
LR 4 picked 240 for the default
print resolution which does not match the native 600 PPI driver resolution,
even in multiples.
LR 4 results at its default 240 PPI
were much worse than the 600 PPI used for the above LR 4 print.
When 600 PPI was selected in LR 4, a
warning appeared: "You have chosen a high resolution for printing which could
cause memory issues or a failure to print on some systems". We used a
small test strip in all tests to avoid Lightroom's memory issues.
No such warning appears in Qimage
Ultimate with its (default) 600 PPI because it knows how to manage data for
LR warning messages aside, the above
represents the best print quality possible in each application.
Keep in mind that other
applications that offer photo printing just were not designed with optimal
print quality in mind. Whether you are an amateur or professional,
printing is the culmination of your photography. It is the end result of
why you carry that camera! Why trust this final rendering of art to
anything but software that was designed to make the most of it? Qimage
printing quality exceeds that of any other application available. I
know how frustrating it is to live in a world where many companies don't
deliver on their claims. My company is proud to be the exception to that rule!
But don't take my word for it: give Qimage Ultimate a try
and see for yourself!