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16  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Z3200 custom paper addition and QU issue on: January 22, 2019, 11:36:57 AM
The ability to open the driver dialog with driver defaults has been added to 2019.105.

Mike

Hello Mike,

Could it be that you also found a solution for added media presets in the Z3200 printer/driver?  This time I added the Photorag Ultra Smooth media preset and it stays in the Z3200 driver while Qimage mentions Unlisted [270]  as the "selected" media. I assume it would work without issues in printing and I guess you added something or this must be another hickup of HP software. Never seen it before.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
17  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Qimage suddenly prints landscape (as if paper was horizontal) on: January 13, 2019, 03:45:51 PM
From time to time I have a similar problem with my HP Z3200. Totally different printer and aimed at roll printing but nevertheless;  if the physical size of the roll width is even 1 mm less than what a 44" (1118mm) or 35" (914mm) roll width should be then a landscape printing page that is set at 1118mm wide will automatically turn to portrait mode on its way to the printer. The printer measures the width when the roll is installed and the driver adds the auto turning "feature". So I keep a bit of tolerence by using print pages 1mm less. Last week however that was even not enough and a stroke of 180mm wide and 1117mm long (several color proofs) was printed at the right side in the length of the Photorag roll. Does not make you happy. Careful QU intelligent nesting of the bigger prints on the remaining sheet made it less an issue.


So check the real sheet size and what has been set in QU or driver. Totally different printer though ..........


Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
18  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: v2019.105 issues/comments on: December 15, 2018, 03:31:51 PM
Xmas comes early this year!  Thank you Mike. It is almost as if I get the dual printer icon at the top of the menu again.


Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
19  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Z3200 custom paper addition and QU issue on: December 06, 2018, 05:01:36 PM


In the next version, I might just add a feature where you can hold the shift key when you click "Properties" if you want to simply open the driver with driver defaults without affecting anything else.

Mike


Mike, with that added I will be a happy man.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
20  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Z3200 custom paper addition and QU issue on: December 05, 2018, 01:42:04 PM
Mike,
 
Thank you, thought so.    But for the Cut Mark setting getting lost in  rhe driver rest you will have a solution ........

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
21  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Z3200 custom paper addition and QU issue on: December 05, 2018, 12:00:53 PM
HP Z3200-PS, Windows 7.   I am familiar with the fact that if I add a new media preset to my list of media presets that I can not trust QU job data taken from the log to repeat that job. So I reset in QU the driver data to the default after I have loaded a recalled job. I check if everything is correct, media presets correspond in both QU's and the driver's interface. Profile correctly corresponding too.

This time I added the media preset HFA Photo Rag Metallic. Calibrated, printed targets, profiled , synchronised media presets, all from HP Color Center. Job done. Changed the roll to German Etching, recalled a job from the log file.  Reset the driver in QU 2019.100 / 104  to the driver defaults, set the media preset correct, then the profile back. Mismatch between QU and driver interface on the media preset, QU says Photorag, Driver says German Etching. Correct it in QU's interface to German Etching and QU's driver icon shows something is wrong. Go there and that is correct, something is wrong. Go back and forth with different media preset settings, back to default, system power off, QU version switch but nothing helps. Only solution is taking out a custom media preset from the driver that is the least often used.

Probably Qimage does not cover as many media presets as the driver can or it counts backwards instead of forward if the media preset identity goes by numbers. I guess the answer will be non-Windows compatibility of the HP driver.

BTW,  if I reset the driver to its default in Qimage Ultimate with whatever choice, all/printer/current, I also loose my Cut Marks setting. Something that is going on for some time already.  I do not understand why that is needed in relation to the driver and it has been really annoying when the image has no straight edges on that print but is an amorphous shape free floating in white (art print). Two shapes now floating in white on an expensive paper. Have to look it up in Edit Page where the two 50x65 cm pieces sit on that sheet of 66,6 cm long by 44" roll width.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots


22  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate Wish List / Border width as a percentage of longest side image or print on: November 05, 2018, 04:25:05 AM
Of course this is a personal taste thing but I am quite happy with white borders that are 6.8% of the long side (B+) of the image or 6% of the long side (B-) of the print (6% of long side image + 2 border widths). Would it be possible to add a percentage choice to border choices next to absolute width choices? Or more complex for framing, a number for the overlap in frame/matte + a percentage of the length of the image for the border width?  I guess it will be possible to make that overlap width with the second border setting as well but nevertheless.  Instead of the long side as a starting point the diagonal could be used too, computing is a bit more complex, percentage lower.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
23  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: v2019.100 issues/comments on: October 22, 2018, 09:29:37 AM
Hello Mike,

I have never encountered an overheated print head with my HP Z3200 etc printers. Not on long print runs either. is this a remedy for some types of printers/brands? If a print head fails on my Z models it usually is after a prolonged time of no use.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
24  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Economical Roll Printing - How to stop wasting paper on: August 07, 2018, 04:21:43 PM
Thanks, printing on a much longer page size might be a good idea. I'm just a little worried about scratching the print when feeding it through my trimmer. I'm sure if I'm careful it should be fine. It's just a matter of time really, I might set 50 things off to print and they will all be unique images so to size each up would take quite a lot of time. Using the function described earlier has saved me a bunch of paper but I think changing the paper length to make 150" or something might do the trick.

Thanks!

Just wish it was even simpler and could make all pages different sizes by removing all blank space.

To avoid scratches. Have a kind of roller bar in front. Get a thick carton core, say 6 inches in diameter for thick paper. Add a paper sleeve to it, 30 inches long for example, crosscut will look like a Q but with a longer tail. Try to roll the print against the curl in between the paper tail and the core. Cut at the end of the print run. Keep the printed paper on the core if have the time for that. It will get flatter and easier to cut afterwards. Transport is easier too.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
25  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Economical Roll Printing - How to stop wasting paper on: August 07, 2018, 08:43:39 AM
If you are able to cut 24" wide manually after printing then it can be done by making a much longer print page and keeping the prints apart by manipulating the border B+ size per print or adding white images in between and at the end crop the last waste paper off on that print page with the feature already mentioned. You have to roll it up and cut afterwards. It creates issues with corner or crop marks though as Qimage does not allow crop marks set per image on the print page but does it overall. There are more ways to do similar nesting on a large print page and all take more time and have their limitations. However I use this often with many odd sizes on rolls 36 or 44" wide, nesting horizontally and vertically, keeping an eye on cutting issues but even then scissors can help to separate the prints first.

If you are fixed on 24" wide then I do not understand why you can not create custom print pages in the driver that all have the same 24" width but vary in length by half an inch or so, including one that creates a square print page. Give them names or sizes in the title that set them at the top in Qimage's print page choices (there are sorting choices in preferences) and if done smart they are arranged at  increasing length order.  You use the print page that you need most and afterwards the odd print pages for the odd sized images. All nicely cut and less paper waste.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots

26  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Qimage One (Mac) - Feature Request(s) on: May 13, 2018, 11:45:37 AM
There is a wish list at DDIsoftware.com   http://ddisoftware.com/tech/qimage-ultimate-wish-list/

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
27  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: transparent borders - Absolute Colorimetric rendering on: March 28, 2018, 07:02:53 PM
The papers I prefer are near neutral and without OBA content.

I wish I could get papers locally (South Africa) that meet these criteria. I can get warm papers without OBAs or more neutral papers that rely on OBAs but not neutral papers without OBAs. I've think I have tried all that are available in our market. What papers do you suggest? (I've played with Canson papers that got pretty close, but alas, no distributors here)

Mike: the template trick works. A little fiddly, but not that bad. I haven't tested the cutting-to-border trick yet.

Absolutely free of OBA is not necessary either so the choices are wider than you might expect.
You can download SpectrumViz from my web pages and check what the OBA content is + when the cursor is on the paper name the Lab values are shown.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
28  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: transparent borders - Absolute Colorimetric rendering on: March 28, 2018, 02:32:17 PM
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Which is what I thought too. I use the white borders + corner marks often but did not notice issues so far and when it happens it is usually something before the printing CM stage that I neglected.  That said I did ask Mike several years ago how the Qimage borders are treated in CM.

All objects in QU are color managed which means that borders, templates, page background color, and even text all get profiled.  Most papers have optical brighteners and even if they don't, the white of the paper differs from white as defined in color spaces so when you print with absolute colorimetric, it's going to try to "make" the paper the white of the color space, so some ink will be used to try to balance the paper white to actual D50 white.  Since most profiles define the paper white as 100% luminance (brightness), it usually only results in a slight change.  On most of my profiles it's hard to tell that any ink is laid down particularly after the print is cut from the page, unless you look with a magnifying glass and then you can see some sparse dots that are trying to change the tint of the paper.

I typically only use Absolute Colorimetric when I'm printing a logo or some graphic that I want to be sure is the right absolute color.  For photos, I'm fine with the photo being adjusted to match the paper white since your eyes adjust to that and lighting is often dynamic anyway, so I use Relative Colorimetric.

Mike

Thank you Mike, Fred,

Absolute Colormetric I use for reproductions when I am sure most of the colors fall within the printer/media preset/paper gamut. The papers I prefer are near neutral and without OBA content. Despite copy lamps/camera profiling, flatfield lighting correction on the file and good printer CM there will be some colors shifted but at least less to correct than with other rendering choices. Main issue is old pigments used in the originals, should consider custom made color targets for the camera to overcome that.
Custom profiling and a choice for either paper white point or neutral grey but I know which one to select. Usually made with the on board UV-cut spectrometer of the Z3200 printer but when needed I have a non cut i1 Pro available, hardly use it for that though. Relative Colormetric + BPC (usually) for photos, sometimes Perceptual.

I know there is some slack in the whites by what goes to the printer and what becomes visible. Even use it for the driver's Economy choice for the addition of the Z3200 gloss enhancer on the images. The gloss enhancer is only used within the image then but does not cover the RGB 255/255/255 whites in the image. A print filter to bring the R to 254 is just enough to get the gloss enhancer on the image whites and I do not see color dots there. Qimage's added border white does not get the gloss enhancer so the printed image gets a bit the appeal of a spot varnish in printing.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
29  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: transparent borders - Absolute Colorimetric rendering on: March 28, 2018, 07:51:55 AM
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(PS: I can see tone in the borders in the two print previews you posted. Did you set borders to pure white? If so check the print you made through AbsCol: is there ink in the borders?)

Any chance the profile is made with a white point set to a different shade from the paper color?
Try a different paper/profile


Which is what I thought too. I use the white borders + corner marks often but did not notice issues so far and when it happens it is usually something before the printing CM stage that I neglected.  That said I did ask Mike several years ago how the Qimage borders are treated in CM. That because I sometimes used a color in the image to define the color in the borders.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots

30  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate Wish List / Re: Queue list removal from QU on: February 19, 2018, 11:41:52 AM
Hi Fred,

Sorry, throwing a spoke in the wheels that carry your workflow is not something I would like to do.  I was thinking that a tab less or replaced by another not yet supported big feature would be nice. The Queue tab delivers so little extra info these days.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
March 2017 update, 750+ inkjet media white spectral plots
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