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 on: April 26, 2017, 09:31:14 AM 
Started by admin - Last post by Ernst Dinkla
Ernst,

You can still use QU as an external application but the plugins will do you no good in Photoline because Photoline doesn't support automation plugins; only filters.

Regards,
Mike

Thank you Mike.

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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 on: April 26, 2017, 08:22:20 AM 
Started by admin - Last post by admin
Ernst,

You can still use QU as an external application but the plugins will do you no good in Photoline because Photoline doesn't support automation plugins; only filters.

Regards,
Mike

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 on: April 26, 2017, 04:37:17 AM 
Started by admin - Last post by Ernst Dinkla
http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage-u

v2017.121   Apr 10, 2017

Priority: High

2017.121 includes the following:

  • Plugins: This is the first version that is compatible with our new Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements plugins (sold separately): http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage-u/plugins/
  • Print engine: Improved print quality with even smoother gradients, achieving near-16-bit level gradients from any standard 8 or 16 bit Windows driver (even improves monitor gradients).
  • Fixes: Some minor fixes including additional support for non-English characters (in floating text).

Mike

Mike,

Would a plug-in like that have any chance to work with Photoline ?   I have the Photoshop + Lightroom CC license but also Photoline and probably will end with the last one as it is a versatile program covering most of my image creation needs; CMYK +RGB, Vector + bitmap, web design etc. Sure a conversion to RGB bitmaps is then needed for the printed output.

Edit, maybe this is a positive answer; https://www.pl32.com/forum3/viewtopic.php?t=5606&p=42115

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

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

 4 
 on: April 23, 2017, 06:08:58 PM 
Started by Charlie-B - Last post by Charlie-B
Hi Fred,

Problem corrected.

Upgraded to latest version Qimage

Unlocked startup settings

Error gone 

Thank you for your help Charlie

 5 
 on: April 23, 2017, 01:34:36 PM 
Started by bennybennison - Last post by admin
Thanks for the profile; Fred gave me a copy to test.  I've now done all comparisons (Perceptual, Relative Colorimetric, and Absolute Colorimetric) with BPC both on, then off for each.  For each setting (chosen rendering intent and BPC), both test sets had identical color between QU and Photoshop when using a very challenging profile testing image, so the profile is fine.

So now that we know QU is sending the same color data to the driver (as PS) when using this profile, we are down to QU/driver settings.  If there is a difference (even with Absolute Colorimetric), the difference is being caused by either the color management settings being different (rendering intent and BPC) or a difference in driver settings.  Perhaps in the driver settings, color management isn't turned off in QU and it is in PS (or vice versa).  But there is a difference somewhere in that driver if you are sure you made the same selections for rendering intent and BPC in both.

With that said, keep in mind that there are a few other things that can make images look different in QU since it allows filters:

(1) If you edited the image in QU, it could have an associative filter that won't be read by PS.
(2) If you have a global filter or print filter active (on the Settings tab) in QU, that can affect color.
(3) If QU is reading a different embedded profile than PS.

Although I've never seen #3 happen, you can check this by hovering your mouse cursor over the thumbnail for the image and looking at the status bar at the bottom of the QU main window: it'll show you what profile is embedded in the image.  You can compare that to the color space that PS reports when you open the image.

Regards,
Mike

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 on: April 23, 2017, 12:24:59 PM 
Started by admin - Last post by Bart_van_der_Wolf
The only thing that would warrant reprinting anything is if you have any prints of 16 bit/channel photos that showed any faint banding in slowly changing gradients like skies or sunsets.  That's not likely since you have to have very specific conditions to create that condition in the first place and prior versions already mitigated that to a large degree.

Okay. Yes, that was already very useful.

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I won't go into the technical details since I want to keep it proprietary but I'll just say that it's a way to manipulate the 8 bit/channel data going to your monitor and printer so that they can visually reproduce near 16 bit/channel color.

Understood. Thanks for the further improvement. It's the attention to details that makes a difference, even if only visible in special cases.

Cheers,
Bart

 7 
 on: April 23, 2017, 12:04:49 PM 
Started by Charlie-B - Last post by Fred A
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How do I clear the nonexistent “Artisan 1430(Network)” printer from the Qimage database?
Charlie,
To the best of my knowledge, I believe that Qimage is reading the Printers and Devices folder from Control Panel.
Please make sure the printer installation has been "Removed/Deleted" from Printers and Devices.
When Qimage starts, it reports how many printer drivers it found. It reports this on the opening splash screen.
Does that match what you show in Devices and Printers?

Fred

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 on: April 23, 2017, 10:58:17 AM 
Started by admin - Last post by admin
Bart,

The only thing that would warrant reprinting anything is if you have any prints of 16 bit/channel photos that showed any faint banding in slowly changing gradients like skies or sunsets.  That's not likely since you have to have very specific conditions to create that condition in the first place and prior versions already mitigated that to a large degree.

I won't go into the technical details since I want to keep it proprietary but I'll just say that it's a way to manipulate the 8 bit/channel data going to your monitor and printer so that they can visually reproduce near 16 bit/channel color.  I'll leave you with two screen captures of the same 16 bit/channel gray gradient displayed in Photoshop and Qimage Ultimate:

Photoshop


Qimage Ultimate


Mike

 9 
 on: April 23, 2017, 10:13:13 AM 
Started by Charlie-B - Last post by Charlie-B
Anytime I start Qimage v2017.102 I get an Error Dialog “Unable to load printer driver setting for Artisan 1430(Network)”.  I was having printer trouble a while ago and uninstalled and reinstalled the driver for my Artisan 1430. After the driver reinstall the name of my printer changed from “Artisan 1430(Network)” to “EPSON58D21F (Artisan 1430)”.

How do I clear the nonexistent “Artisan 1430(Network)” printer from the Qimage database?

Note: After clicking OK this error seems to cause no other problems with Qimage until the next time I restart Qimage.

Thank you for the help Charlie

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 on: April 23, 2017, 09:24:42 AM 
Started by admin - Last post by Bart_van_der_Wolf

  • Print engine: Improved print quality with even smoother gradients, achieving near-16-bit level gradients from any standard 8 or 16 bit Windows driver (even improves monitor gradients).

Hi Mike,

Could you elaborate a bit? Has the dithering changed, or something else that would warrant reprinting some earlier stuff. I've not seen a specific mention in a video about it yet, hence the question here.

I know I could try but, to avoid wasting paper and ink, I'd like to target those tests at something that might be specifically affected. So what is it we are looking for, besides smooth gradients in general (color, gamma related things, large gradient features or small)?

I also wonder about the 'monitor gradients', in what way they are affected, and how that correlates to the printed output which is at a different scale.

Thanks for the continuing efforts to improve our image output, and print workflow.

Cheers,
Bart

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