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« on: August 13, 2009, 12:57:31 PM »

Mike;
 
I have used Qimage for all my printing needs for years- this is obviously a work of love- the effort you put into this just makes it better and better-
 
A couple of thoughts....
 
When picking prints for printing, I wonder if there is some way to view lage enough to decide among similar prints? A quicker way to choose. Right now, I have to move the cursor over each print, press space bar to make full sreen, view, esc, and move to next print- is there an easier process? I have asked you to enable the left and right arrow keys while in full screen mode, so I can quickly move from one image to another without going back to the main prog screen. What do you think?
 
I like doing a collage on a full sheet, mixing sizes and images, often overlapping them using freehand- is there a way to arrange the images top to bottom? In other words, an image that is partially hidden by others, can I bring it to the top of the 'stack'? Right now, it seems the order they are selected dictates which ones are on the bottom.
 
As a side issue with freehand, it is a little 'buggy'- the images often don't respond the way you would think they would when resizing or moving.
 
Also, in freehand, I can crop, but cannot change the aspect ratio of an image- how about I want to take a 4"x6" image, zoom into a face, shrink it down to 2"x3"- this can easily be done with the tools you have- but how about going one step further? Be able to make that 2"x3" image to a 2"x2" by trimming the canvas size? (note the image is not stretched/distorted, but just trimmed)- how about that? That would be cool- then I could change and edit image sizes after the fact-
 
A biggie for me.... in your selection for printer profiles, I suggest a drop down listing of those last used- usually, I use only 4-6 different profiles, and it would be so easy to find in a list rather than open the whole profile dialouge. And to make it really friendly, how about the ability to assign a name to a profile to remember what printer/paper it is for? I have a sheet of paper tacked to my moitor with all the cryptic profile names and what they go to- it would be so much easier to pick out;  Illford Smooth Pearl-Epson 3800, than the current selection; PSP9800-EP38 from the list- very confusing the way it is- we should be able to rename for easy use- make sense??
 
Just some ideas as I use your program all the time and keep stumbling on the same issues. Hopefully, maybe some of these thoughts might be things you have on your 'list' of  future enhancements....
 
Regards;
 
John Schulte
 
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009, 01:16:37 PM »

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A couple of thoughts....
Quite a list  Roll Eyes  Grin
John,
A quick scan down your list tells me that most if not all your "wants" are already covered by Qimage features.
It's the middle of the day here in the UK so, my time is limited just now.
If no-one has answered, at least some of your questions, by my evening time, I'll give a full explanation then.
Hang in there.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 02:23:46 PM »

When picking prints for printing, I wonder if there is some way to view lage enough to decide among similar prints? A quicker way to choose. Right now, I have to move the cursor over each print, press space bar to make full sreen, view, esc, and move to next print- is there an easier process? I have asked you to enable the left and right arrow keys while in full screen mode, so I can quickly move from one image to another without going back to the main prog screen. What do you think?

The Preview/Add function is designed to do that.  Just select some (or all) thumbnails and then click the "P+" button just above the thumbs.  You'll be able to page forward/back through the thumbs making decisions as to which to mark/rate/add to the queue as you go.
 
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I like doing a collage on a full sheet, mixing sizes and images, often overlapping them using freehand- is there a way to arrange the images top to bottom? In other words, an image that is partially hidden by others, can I bring it to the top of the 'stack'? Right now, it seems the order they are selected dictates which ones are on the bottom.

If you go to the full page editor (button under the preview page), you can select a print and right click to "bring to front" or "send to back".  You can also select a print on the preview page on the main window and use the up/down arrow keys to move the print forward/back in the queue thereby changing its precedence.  Moving it up in the queue will bring it to the front of other prints.
 
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As a side issue with freehand, it is a little 'buggy'- the images often don't respond the way you would think they would when resizing or moving.

Can you define "buggy"?  I haven't gotten any other bug reports and part of it could just be understanding what/when you can do certain things.
 
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Also, in freehand, I can crop, but cannot change the aspect ratio of an image- how about I want to take a 4"x6" image, zoom into a face, shrink it down to 2"x3"- this can easily be done with the tools you have- but how about going one step further? Be able to make that 2"x3" image to a 2"x2" by trimming the canvas size? (note the image is not stretched/distorted, but just trimmed)- how about that? That would be cool- then I could change and edit image sizes after the fact-

That's just a simple size operation.  Just select the 3x2 print and then drop down the sizes, select "Custom", click "Specific Size" and enter 2x2 as the size.  That changes the size and if you want to modify the crop for that size, just go to the page editor and click the cropping tab.  You can drag the crop around to wherever you like.
 
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A biggie for me.... in your selection for printer profiles, I suggest a drop down listing of those last used- usually, I use only 4-6 different profiles, and it would be so easy to find in a list rather than open the whole profile dialouge. And to make it really friendly, how about the ability to assign a name to a profile to remember what printer/paper it is for? I have a sheet of paper tacked to my moitor with all the cryptic profile names and what they go to- it would be so much easier to pick out;  Illford Smooth Pearl-Epson 3800, than the current selection; PSP9800-EP38 from the list- very confusing the way it is- we should be able to rename for easy use- make sense??

You're going about this backwards.  Instead of using a printer profile to invoke Qimage to ask if you want to restore printer settings, just set up everything you need (print driver settings, profile, print size, etc.) the way you need it for paper #1 and then save that setup under the name you want: click "File", "Save" and click the "P" button at the bottom.  Give the file a name, and you will have saved a printer setup for that paper.  Name it by the paper if you wish.  Repeat for the other 3-5 papers using appropriate names.  Now you have everything you need.  Just click "File", "Recall", click the "P" button at the bottom to tell Qimage you want to recall a printer setup, and select "Illford Smooth Pearl-Epson 3800".  Everything you need including the profile, all print driver settings, print size, etc. are set up for you.  In addition, Qimage will show the name of the last loaded printer setup for you in the job properties panel as an added benefit.
 
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 04:24:59 PM »

Well that was a hell of a reply.

What other software vendor would give such an extensive and immediate reply?

We are very lucky to have almost direct access to the programmer.



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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2009, 07:41:08 AM »


When picking prints for printing, I wonder if there is some way to view lage enough to decide among similar prints?

John
You can also click the mouse wheel when hovering over a thumbnail to get an instant enlarged view. The image is not as big as Mike's preview, but I find it big enough to make a decision on facial expressions, etc.

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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2009, 12:51:03 PM »

You can also click the mouse wheel when hovering over a thumbnail to get an instant enlarged view.

Brian

I just tried your tip.
Works great!
Thanks for the tip.

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