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1  Mike's Software / Qimage / Re: Positioning within a template on: April 26, 2010, 04:34:43 PM
I've been searching a software to fit my needs for several years now, some has always stayed vaporware (like Colorbyte Imageprint with support for my Canon printer), some is simply not affordable (several other RIPs). A DTP program like Scribus alllows easy positioning, but you always have to work on every page or write a macro.

It seems there are often similar requests, to be able to position an image not centrally to a template/frame/border, but I don't know of an easy way that could be defined. The ctrl arrow mentioned by Terry is useful, but then some will want it positioned half inch from the edge, or 5% or similar.

An additional control like that

would be ok to select the position. I don't think that specifying distances would be necessary, as you can position the whole template where you want. Let's hope that such an extension gets implemented ...
2  Mike's Software / Qimage / Re: Positioning within a template on: April 25, 2010, 09:20:28 AM
Hi Terry,

the <ctrl>-arrow method for positioning is a nice feature I just learned from you, but it works (for my purpose) only if one of the pictures is in portrait form, if both are in landscape it doesn't help. My primary goal was to automate the work - just give a batch of pictures which are all printed according to a defined layout. If I still have to move pictures manually in every page it lloks like not being any advantage over Photoshop. But don't misunderstand me - even if this task can't be done as easily as I wished, Qimage is still a great software and I'll buy it anyway. Printing a bulk of images without having to care about the layout can be done easily and I'll also have to dig a bit deeper into printout quality, looks like Qimage has here some advantage too.

Is there any official way for feature requests or is Mike following the threads? For a fully automated batch processing I would see two needs:
1.) Positioning of an image within a template. This info should be stored with the layout
2.) Import function for a list of images to create a "Job"

Thanks & have a nice sunday.
3  Mike's Software / Qimage / Re: Positioning within a template on: April 24, 2010, 02:44:11 PM
thanks for the fast answer, Terry. The layout I created looks like this:

In templates 1 and 2 should be any photo (portrait or landscape), template 3 contains the image of a calendar's month.
In the end the result will look similar to this one:

My problem is now, if a landscape picture is dragged onto template 1, it is positioned automatically as centered in the template. I would like to have it aligned on top of the template, just to get a nice layout on paper.
In the past I used Photoshop to do all the alignment, but you can imagine it's been a lot of work: Placing the picture, resizing, aligning, printing,...   and I hope to simplify the work a bit with QIMAGE.

I'm sure you will find it to be a powerful & versatile tool and give you the best prints of your work that you've ever seen
You're right, QIMAGE is very powerful. I've been searching since a long time for such a tool.

4  Mike's Software / Qimage / Positioning within a template on: April 23, 2010, 01:59:42 PM
Hello all,

I've just installed QIMAGE for evaluation and have a question now:

I have created a layout with 3 images in different sizes and would like to specify the positioning of an image in the template. If the image doesn't have the same aspect ratio as the template it is currently centered horizontally or vertically within the template. I was able to choose "No cropping" and "No rotation", but I would also like to position images with a smaller height at the top of the template and not centered. Can this be done?

Thanks in advance

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