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« on: July 19, 2009, 03:02:07 PM »

Question One: Who uses Qimage, and how?

So I was talking to my husband about Qimage, the ways I use it, and how wonderful Mike is about constantly updating it and engaging with users' individual technical issues. And he said, "But I wonder how many people there are out there who actually do home printing with multiple images on a page?"

I know there are many other uses for it as well, and I'd be interested in hearing about the various ways people use it, in addition to the ways I do (I also use it to print single images, but I probably wouldn't have bought it years ago if not for its ability to print several different images on a page). I have no professional uses for it--photography is totally a recreational activity for me.

Question Two (though this my be confidential information): How many users (or at least purchasers) are there?

Question Three: How do you pronounce it, anyway? Sometimes I say Kimage and sometimes I say Cue-image....

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009, 03:35:29 PM »

Hi Liz,
Let me be the first to answer.
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"But I wonder how many people there are out there who actually do home printing with multiple images on a page?"
I do; like you, most of my photography is recreational but I make "albums" as a visual record, photographic diary and a convenient way to show others my stuff.
See attachment below.
I also print single images for competitions and occasional exhibitions. I belong to a local photography club and like to participate in most of the competitions so produce mounted prints for that.
There is usually a projected image section which I also enter; I use Qimage to prepare those images with Print to File so that the image and projector resolutions match, and to add borders.
I always prefer the more tangible offering of a print and even if I don't get a placing, judges nearly always comment on my print quality.
The other use is to try out different aspects of the program before answering "how to" questions here.  Roll Eyes

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How many users (or at least purchasers) are there?
I would guess thousands, after all Mike seems to survive quite well on the sales  Grin

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How do you pronounce it, anyway?
For me: "Cue-image"
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 03:39:53 PM »

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Question One: Who uses Qimage, and how?

So I was talking to my husband about Qimage, the ways I use it, and how wonderful Mike is about constantly updating it and engaging with users individual technical issues. And he said, "But I wonder how many people there are out there who actually do home printing with multiple images on a page?"

I know there are many other uses for it as well, and I'd be interested in hearing about the various ways people use it, in addition to the ways I do (I also use it to print single images, but I probably wouldn't have bought it years ago if not for its ability to print several different images on a page). I have no professional uses for it--photography is totally a recreational activity for me.

Question Two (though this my be confidential information): How many users (or at least purchasers) are there?

Question Three: How do you pronounce it, anyway? Sometimes I say Kimage and sometimes I say Cue-image....

Liz

Liz,
Glad you brought that up.
I did the same thing. I bought it (cant remember when) but it was just changed from being called PEG ME to CUE image, because of the Queue.
I think it was late 90s?
I make everything from contact sheets to 13 x 19s, and I know loads of pros that print from it into Epson 9600s, 9800s, and the larger Epsons, and use Q exclusively.
Why? The interpolation; best on the planet.
The ability to save the printer settings for all their packages and sizes, printer setups, etc.
It is fast and easy for them to pop out a job once they get the hang of it.

Question 1) Who?  I wish there was a way to disseminate the qualities of Qimage to new people who are just getting their first or second digital camera.
On here, we are mostly preaching to the choir. That's why, if you really think the world of Q as I do, you must tell everyone.

Question 2) I have a close idea, having been here with Qimage since the Crusades, but that answer is for Mike to give out.

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009, 03:47:34 PM »

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On here, we are mostly preaching to the choir. That's why, if you really think the world of Q as I do, you must tell everyone.

I do! When Qimage came out with the version that supported RAW files from the Panasonic LX3, I wrote about it in various "What software can you use to process RAW images?" threads at DPReview. I have no idea if anyone bit, though!

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009, 03:53:48 PM »

Terry,

Thanks for your reply. I love your album pages! Now, I haven't even attempted to use borders like that--I must go back to the manual, because they look great. I just recently stopped cutting all my photo pages apart into separate 4x6" images, and putting each one into its own little sleeve. Now I am putting them as whole pages into an 8 1/2 x11" binder, inside acid free plastic sheets--quite the time saver.

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009, 04:27:18 PM »

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Now I am putting them as whole pages into an 8 1/2 x11" binder, inside acid free plastic sheets--quite the time saver.
I don't like prints in sleeves  because I often use pearl paper so I use filing strips; clear plastic punched strips that stick to the back of the page edge. No punched holes in the page and the full area of the page used.  Smiley
I may use a Q frame, like a drop shadow, to make the page look more interesting, but simple borders are the favourite.
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009, 05:22:30 PM »


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I use filing strips; clear plastic punched strips that stick to the back of the page edge. No punched holes in the page and the full area of the page used.  Smiley.


I don't punch holes in the photos, and because there is usually a white border, the photos themselves are totally visible. But I am not familiar with filing strips, and a Google search mostly led me to EU or UK sites. I see what they look like from the image you uploaded, but I don't recall ever seeing them anywhere in my area (Boston, MA, USA). Now I am on a quest!! I wonder if they go by an different name in the U.S.? (you know, the boot/trunk, frock/dress thing!)

[a few minutes later] Ah! Self Adhesive Multi Punched Binder Insert Strips, perhaps! Do you think these are more or less the same?
http://tinyurl.com/qwcny2

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2009, 09:23:13 PM »

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Ah! Self Adhesive Multi Punched Binder Insert Strips, perhaps! Do you think these are more or less the same?
That's the ones.
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009, 01:25:07 AM »

Liz-

I do multiple prints, but for a different reason.  I try to group things into a print run.  I may be doing three to 10 images the same day.

SInce I start the process with small prints, adjusting as I go, I will print four different images as 4x5 on a sheet.  After making adjustments on the ones that don't look right, I'll move up to two-5x7's, etc.  All the time I am marking my current print settings on the edges in pencil.

Although I can save these as print jobs in QI, I do not want to always print them the same.  Some imagess I will print then look at in a day or two and make changes.  Dry-down has an affect on some color and B&Ws.  Sometimes it's just a change in my own mind on how it should look.

Inasmuch as my printers stay on all the time and there is very little dye lot (pigment actually) variation in my inks, it's just my likes.
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009, 02:22:33 AM »

What do you do with them once you're satisfied with the results?

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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2009, 10:18:12 AM »

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On here, we are mostly preaching to the choir. That's why, if you really think the world of Q as I do, you must tell everyone.

I do! When Qimage came out with the version that supported RAW files from the Panasonic LX3, I wrote about it in various "What software can you use to process RAW images?" threads at DPReview. I have no idea if anyone bit, though!

Liz
I never followed up on your initial thoght/thread idea.
I use Qimage in hobby mode, and I love to print my work, and wife Marilyn's too. We generally make 11 x 14 on A3 Epson Luster or Ilford Pearl. Either is wonderful paper.
Then we buy inexpensive frames that have the 11 x 14 matte inside the 16 x 20 frame. We mount them, hang them in the dinette, entranceway, etc.
About every two or three years we will find another set of fresh new winners and replace them.
As for outside prints, everyone knows us, and we gladly do family get togethers and local events strictly in hobby mode.
The last time I sold anything was about a dozen images that went onto picture postcards that are and were being sold on those rotating stands you see in gift shops etc.
The best enjoyment I have is when someone asks me to print *this* for them. They want a really good print to give or hang.
That is my ego boost!
I also like to find ways to solve challenges using Q to be able to make this or that!
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2009, 11:04:03 AM »

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I use Qimage in hobby mode, and I love to print my work, and wife Marilyn's too. We generally make 11 x 14 on A3 Epson Luster or Ilford Pearl. Either is wonderful paper. Then we buy inexpensive frames that have the 11 x 14 matte inside the 16 x 20 frame. We mount them, hang them in the dinette, entranceway, etc.

I do something similar (minus the wife), only the prints are letter size and the frames 11 x 14. I usually use Epson Premium Semi Gloss, but I do have some Ilford Pearl too. I'm not too good about rotating anything, though--the same ones stay up year after year!

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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2009, 11:02:49 PM »

What do you do with them once you're satisfied with the results?

Keep the larger ones as a record for a starting point.  Give or sell the smaller ones as A/P, unless it is a customer's image.
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2009, 09:47:23 AM »

 
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I usually use Epson Premium Semi Gloss, but I do have some Ilford Pearl too. I'm not too good about rotating anything, though--the same ones stay up year after year!

Liz,
After many years of trying various papers from various sources, (less expensive the better) I tend to weed out the so-so quality papers and settle in on the Quality prints since I will either be hanging them, or donating them.
IMHO, for glossy, nothing beats Epson Prem glossy.
Very close second, is Ilford Gallerie Professional Glossy *

Semi gloss, my choices are Epson Prem. Luster
Very close second, (so close I have trouble deciding which is which without peeking at the back) is Ilford Gallerie Smooth Pearl.

I don't use much matte paper... seems like the luster coating types have my attention, but I do have some hanging where I used Epson Colorlife paper.
Not sure if that is still viable with pigment inks, and honestly (remember changing prints every few years) they get a yellow tinge. They were printed years ago on my Epson 1280 with the old ink.
I made a wonderful printer profile for the Colorlife and the Epson 1280 and it was a marriage.

You saw that asterisk above? (*)

* I don't know if there's a SAMS near you, but I buy the Ilford Gallerie smooth gloss at Sams, for 20 bucks /100. It is a skinch 250 gsm vs 280 thinner than the box you buy from other outlets, but the coating and the prints are identical.
I tried both side by side.
Happy printing with Qimage!
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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2009, 11:13:35 AM »

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IMHO, for glossy, nothing beats Epson Prem glossy.

Agreed~!

As for matte, my current printer won't use Colorlife, though my first one did years back (do they still even make it?), but Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte (what a name!) is quite nice.

Happy printing back to you!

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