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1  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / QImage sending double print jobs on: April 27, 2019, 01:50:20 AM
Recently I've noticed that every print job has been sent twice - luckily I usually only load one sheet at a time.
It's rather strange because QImage only seems to submit the job once (it only shows the progress monitor and plays the sound clip once) but after the first job prints - sometimes several minutes later - the printer will wake up again and the print queue will list a new print job from QImage.
Has anyone had this happen to them before?
2  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: thumbnail generaton speed on: April 27, 2019, 01:46:22 AM
Must have been a random Windows thing or maybe it was because the folder was on a UNC network drive but the issue hasn't re-occurred since.
Thanks for the assistance though, Fred!
3  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: thumbnail generaton speed on: April 22, 2019, 09:03:50 PM
I took the dog for a walk and the thumbnails were there when I got back so somewhere between 20-60 minutes to build the initial thumbnails / cache - it was set to medium size.
I changed the thumbnail size to large and it seems to have regenerated them in about 30 seconds.
I checked the file types and they are all checked, as in your screenshot.
Selected 9 images and clicked rebuild thumbs (F5) which also seemed to take about 30 seconds.

I will try another directory that has several hundred images and see if the same thing happens.
4  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / thumbnail generaton speed on: April 22, 2019, 07:55:28 PM
I opened a folder containing 500 jpg images in QImage Ultimate today and it's been sitting (apparently) doing nothing for 20 minutes or so.
Windows Task Manager says it's not responding but shows that it's using 5-10% CPU and ~22MB RAM.  I'm running a 3-core AMD CPU and 8GB RAM on Windows 10 if that helps any.
Is this normal for just creating thumbnails of jpg images?  There are no RAW files - just jpg's.
I have many directories that have hundreds of images in each - I'm hoping this isn't what I'll be faced with every time I go to a new directory.
Any comments / suggestions appreciated.
5  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: color adjustments in driver not honored on: February 03, 2019, 03:53:45 AM
Terry,
I did a series of prints from both QImage and ON1 again using plain glossy photo paper and canon glossy paper profile (I only have 13"x19" Ilford so didn't want to use it up on test prints) and tried multiple variations of settings.
I'm not sure what was different this time around but the results from QImage and ON1 with custom color settings came out identical.  Perhaps it was the image I was using but the difference between normal (all settings zero's out) and customized settings were not as large as I'd seen on other images.
I did reduce the brightness on my monitor slightly - probably around 65-70cd/m^2 and also took your suggestion to use the QU image filter to increased the brightness.  A setting of 4 or 5 seems to bring everything pretty much in line with what I see on screen.  Thanks for that tip.  Is there a way to have that setting applied as a global (automatic) filter on every image I print?
This is a real learning process but I think I'm making progress thanks to everyone's input.

Peter.

Peter,

I see you are using Ilford Smooth Pearl, a favourite of mine. I buy custom profiles which are usually better than the manufacturers profile although Ilford's have improved in recent years. But I am wondering if your profile is the problem.
Another suggestion to correct dark prints using the existing profile is to make use of QU's Print Filter feature. This makes an adjustment to the print (not via the driver) and does not affect the monitor view.
You create and save the filter in QU's image editor with any image. In your case, adjusting Brightness or Fill are probably what's needed. There are some preset {Q} filters which may do the trick.
See screen shot of Printers and Settings tab attached.
FYI. A QU filter is a non destructive image edit file, usually stored with the image in same folder. Print filters are stored in QU App data.
Also, in QU, you can save printer set-ups, including any Print filter for easy recovery of settings.
Terry
6  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: color adjustments in driver not honored on: February 01, 2019, 11:43:55 PM
Yes, you did recommend relative, Fred.  I guess my morning coffee hadn't kicked in because I could have sworn you wrote perceptual.
I'll do a bit more testing tonight and see what I come up with.

Peter

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used the driver's color adjustment to tweak the output to match my calibrated monitor more closely (prints were a bit dark even after calibrating monitor with ColorMunki Display)

I think I also recommended relative colorimetric
The only place you and I differ, and what is probably a methodology, is that I use the profiled print as being the real output, whereas you seem to assume the monitor screen to be correct.
I was taught that the chemical action of ink on different paper surfaces sometimes changes the reproduction ever so slightly. Proper profiles should compensate somewhat. But what can the monitor use? The only tool might be Softproof.
I'm sure you have printed using "warm" paper, or "blue white" paper etc. It is a personal choice as to what represents the scene to your eye as you see it.
That's why I recommended that you adjust the image, not the print..
Enjoy
Fred
7  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: color adjustments in driver not honored on: February 01, 2019, 11:41:38 PM
Terry,
I thought the colorMunki Display would have brought the brightness in line too but even at a brightness setting of 80 (whatever the Display's units are), prints are still a bit darker.

I tried another small print and jacked the manual adjustments way out of whack and the print did come out washed out which I expected but perhaps not to the extent that I thought it would.  The interesting thing is that if I print with the same driver settings from Qimage and ON1 the colors are slightly different.
I understand that it would be best not to enter any manual adjustments but using the ColorMunki calibration it seems like I have to boost the print to get it to be the same.  If I darken my monitor below what the Display recommends, everything gets rather dim.
I'll keep playing with things until I figure it out I guess Smiley

Peter
8  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: color adjustments in driver not honored on: February 01, 2019, 01:49:46 PM
Thanks for the quick reply, Fred.
I used the driver's color adjustment to tweak the output to match my calibrated monitor more closely (prints were a bit dark even after calibrating monitor with ColorMunki Display).
I did try using the adjustments in QImage which seemed to make a similar adjustment but it's more trial and error.  In the Canon driver I used the color adjustment pattern option to judge multiple variations and got my final values that way.  Does QImage have something similar?
The only real difference between my settings and what you listed is that I have been using relative colorimetric instead of perceptual, in order to keep in gamut colors from shifting.  Other than that I am using the ICC profile for the specific paper I am using (my latest test was on Ilford smooth pearl using the Ilford ICC profile) and using the recommended paper type (pro luster I think it was).

Peter.
9  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / color adjustments in driver not honored on: February 01, 2019, 11:44:27 AM
I've been testing Qimage for a few days now and for the most part it's working great but I have one issue I haven't been able to sort out yet.
Before tring Qimage, I would print directly from ON1 Photo Raw and would apply a color adjustment within the printer (Pro-100) driver to bring the output exactly where I wanted it.
While using Qimage, I have tried printing the same photo with and without the color adjustment in the driver (main tab, color/intensity on manual, click set button and adjust to taste) and the prints come out identical.  No other difference in print setup except the manual color adjustment.  Is there some setting in QImage that over-rides the color adjustment in the driver?
I have Matching set to none and a paper specific ICC profile selected within QImage.

Thanks for any assistance.
Peter
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