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31  Mike's Software / Qimage / Info option curious effects and registration issue on: May 18, 2012, 10:30:14 PM
There are a couple of threads on DPReview where Al is unable to get just the file name printed when using the appropriate Info option.  This has gone beyond my very limited abilities so I suggested he post here but registration has failed for him.  He's just about keeping his cool but is lost and very frustrated.

The best  way would probably to solve his registration issues so he can post here - Mike?

But if someone could check the threads and give him decent advice on DPReview that would be appreciated.

The link to the later thread is:  http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1003&thread=41539350 

The earlier one is at: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1003&thread=41511498

32  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Best printer on a budget? on: February 10, 2012, 08:55:27 PM
Thanks Terry.  It was getting late (after midnight) and I knew I would get it wrong - but proceeded anyway!
33  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Best printer on a budget? on: February 10, 2012, 12:16:31 AM
The price of ink is a substantial factor for many people.  Whether ink is fairly priced or otherwise, it is still a significant expense.   However, in general, it seems the larger cartridges are much more economical.  The Epson I mentioned includes 9 cartridges (total 720ml) in its price which equates to close to 400 of ink in its purchase price of about 1100.  The smaller and cheaper 2880 uses the same ink but the cartridges are 11-12ml ie approx 1/ml vs just over 50p/ml for the larger 3880 with its 80ml cartridges.  The 2880 includes about 100 of ink in its purchase price of 450.  So, the real difference in printer price is about 350.  This is not insignificant but if you keep your printer even a couple of years, the 3880 is likely to have cost you less.  There is the old joke, too true and a bit sad as a result, "I'm poor so I can't afford the economy packs."

A brief comment on printer sizes.  Since the width of A2 paper (about 420mm) is the same as the length of A3 paper, A3 printers will print A2 so long as the length of paper they can print is not too restricted, hence they can be called A2+.  Similarly an A4 printer that can print sheets 420mm long or more can be called A3+; it can then print 420mm x 297mm - which is A3.  I suspect that most A3 printers (sometimes called 17" printers) will print above the 594mm length.  There is a fair number of A4 printers that is restricted to 297mm length and cannot print A3.  If Box Brownie chooses the right "A4" printer he might be able to print A3 with it; of course, the printer might then be called A3+, not A4.

34  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Best printer on a budget? on: February 05, 2012, 10:12:24 PM
Forgive me for stating the obvious.  The cost of ink is often more relevant than the price of the printer.  It seems the printer is often provided at a nominal price with special, low volume cartridges supplied - then when you need replacement cartridges surprisingly soon and at a similarly surprising price you realise what's going on.

If you can raise the capital, the Epson 3880 is a pretty good deal - it comes with 9 cartridges, each 80ml.  And being larger cartridges the replacement costs are good on a ml/ basis.  It's an A3 printer but has an unusually small footprint for that size.

35  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Possible to download help file as pdf? on: December 21, 2011, 06:25:29 PM
Hi Bill

If you go to the Qimage site http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage-u/ and go to Support & FAQ and then Online Help there is a list of topics.  Most are not pdfs but if you open each you can copy and paste into Word.  Then you can save the Word documents, search, print, etc.  There are, of course, the excellent videos - not searchable!  I have a Qimage RAW guide saved from 2009, it's out of date but still helpful.  I can't find a newer version.

36  Technical Discussions / Computer Hardware / i1 Display2 how long does it last? on: March 14, 2011, 09:45:52 PM
I bought the i1Display2 with iMatch3 software 2 years ago.  It worked fine until a few weeks ago when it stopped being recognised by the PC (indeed by both of my PCs).  I contacted X-rite who were pretty helpful.  Anyway, they concluded it was indeed the puck that had died.  I have a recollection of others having premature failures with the i1 hardware.  Before I consider buying another i1 Display2 or even the ColorMunki I would be grateful for comment on the robustness of X-rite hardware.

I'm trying to persuade X-rite to assist eg I buy the i1LT and they provide the software key to upgrade to the Display2 but so far they are just telling me to buy the (expensive) ColorMunki.

37  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Convert from Camera profile on: February 13, 2011, 07:57:24 PM
Hi Sandy,
if Qimage can do it by itself using that technique (and accounts for profile for printing)
QU is a colour management aware application but you do have to "tell it" what you want.
What I meant was that you didn't have to insert the profile manually, Qimage finds it from the file and proceeds accordingly.

surely there is a similarly simple way without going through email.  I now know there is.
The create e-mail/web copies is a very flexible option, specifically designed for when sRGB is required, but that is optional.
There is the option to not to send an e-mail and select a folder of your choice. I think that is covered in the video; perhaps Fred would remind us of that.
OR ... use the Convert process which is totally flexible

But to help, see attached screen shot where I've placed images in the queue, right clicked on the preview and selected E-mail/web copies.
- The Send via e-mail is not ticked.
- The convert to sRGB is ticked
- The size 800x800 ensures the longest side of the image is always 800 pixels
   You could enter the original image pixel size here if you did not want to down-size but it's probably easier to use Convert in such cases
- I have typed in a new folder ~\Web 800 to receive the new copies.

Except for resolution & folder changes, I rarely change the other settings
Really, this is a simple process, just try it in some high-end editors!!!  Roll Eyes Wink

I use the email option quite a bit and didn't mean to imply it was clumsy.  It's quite the reverse and I agree, the one or two other programmes in which I have tried this make heavy weather of the process.
38  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Convert from Camera profile on: February 13, 2011, 10:57:38 AM
Thanks Terry.  I should have known Mike would have made things easy!  I should also have tried the F1 trick - one of the many things I re-learned from the videos.

I adjusted the RAW images from refine raw and from the image editing screen - had a play with the selective colour while I was at it.  I appreciate I could have converted when I had completed the edit.  I had thought about using the email approach and it made me think, if Qimage can do it by itself using that technique (and accounts for profile for printing), surely there is a similarly simple way without going through email.  I now know there is.
39  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Convert from Camera profile on: February 12, 2011, 10:09:07 PM
I thought I was OK with profiles then I went to try something.  I have the profile for my camera and "Sony DSLR A700.icm" on the bottom line under the thumbnails when I put the cursor over a RAW image as one would expect.  So, I adjusted a RAW image and saved it as a JPG version.  The bottom line of the thumbnail page then reads "Sony DSLR A700-Qimage-v3.icm" for that image.  I did not select a conversion at the time.  I then thought I would change its profile to sRGB (for screen viewing) so I went to convert - but I can't find the Sony A700 profile on the list of profiles.  Checking the Qimage programme folder, the Sony Profile is on its own in the Qimage Profiles folder.  An assortment of other profiles is in the Qimage folder but not within a subfolder.  So, what profile do I select in the "From" box for conversion to sRGB?


40  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Qimage Ultimate Learning Videos on: January 18, 2011, 09:53:49 PM
To download Youtube I use the free version of Real Player.  Just ensure that in Preferences (top left drop down menu) that the Download and recording (near bottom) is ticked to download from Firefox and IE.  For me it works well with firefox but is higly temperamental with IE9.
41  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Qimage Ultimate Learning Center - Videos Available Now on: January 11, 2011, 10:54:23 PM
I've looked at all 3 and I am ashamed to admit how much I learned and I've been using Qimage for something over 10 years!  Keep them rolling. No shortage of topics available but one that comes up here is setting your printer profile/let Qimage manage printing.  Another relates to quality - dpi readings in printers causing confusion.

Thanks Mike.

42  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: QIU as Raw Converter on: November 26, 2010, 09:07:19 PM

Hi Sandy

Yes, it must be something on my system but it is strange that it only effects Qimage conversions.  I get a black jpg even if i do not carry out any editing operations.

I am running Win 7 64bit on a Quad core AMD with 8Gb ram.

It is very frustrating as FastStone is my default viewer.  I will try installing FastStone temporarily on my laptop, if it does not complain about already being installed on my desktop, and see if it happens again.



FastStone is free so you should be able to install it on as many PCs, laptops, etc as you want.  Of course donations are welcome - and I donate because it is also my default viewer and I use it a lot.  Almost as much as Qimage!  Do try updating you video driver.  Mine is nVidia 6300 (on board).  I know. it's ancient etc but I am just in process of assembling something new.
43  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: QIU as Raw Converter on: November 23, 2010, 06:03:49 PM
A while ago I had problems with FastStone and black thumbnails.  I can't remember the details - one camera but not another, etc. It occurred a couple of times and on one occasion it was linked to JPEGs that had been edited in Qimage.  The "owner" of FastStone asked for copies but couldn't duplicate the problem.  However, updating my video driver seemed to be the cure.

44  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / New PC how do I organise QU on HDDs? on: November 14, 2010, 07:17:11 PM
I'm just about to assemble a new PC with Win 7 64bit.  The PC gurus suggest putting programmes on one HDD and data (photos, documents, etc on another) or at least on different partitions.  Should I put Qimage Ult on one HDD complete with all its associated thumbs and RAW cache or should/could I put some QU items on my second HDD?

I'm considering a SDD for the programmes (or at least some of them).   Would Qimage significantly faster on that?  If it won't I'll probably leave thoughts of an SDD to another day.


45  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: What can I back up? on: August 23, 2010, 02:55:25 PM
I use the Retrospect programme that Western Digital provided with an external disc and that works fine for me for backing up specific folders to which list the Qimage one has now been added.  Retrospect has seen me through 3 re-installations and I've had no problems with it but (like Qimage!) I've not tested it to the full.  nb I am on Win XP but expect to move to Win 7 64 one day.  I've heard consistently good reports about Acronis and Norton Ghost but I'll check out Ray's link.

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