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1  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Help with print sizes on: April 29, 2013, 07:51:11 PM
Thanks Fred and Terry for all your suggestions and your patience. You really are Superheroes!!!

The paper I'm using is Innova FibaPrint White Matt. Using Canon's "Fine Art" paper setting, it produces excellent monochrome prints with good detail in the shadows but imposes that wretched 35mm margin. I changed the paper type to Matte Photo Paper and that's removed the 35mm margin, but the gradation is nowhere near as good, with less dense full black and, even worse, muddy shadows with no detail. (I'm spoiled, I suppose, by those days long ago in a "real" darkroom with Ilfobrom and the like!).

I'm now going to experiment with different profiles for this paper and, maybe, look for a matt paper that performs better with this printer at that setting. Hot foot to Fotospeed's website!

I'll let you know of the outcome. I'm still confused by QI's print size settings though, and I have watched the video!  Embarrassed

Incidentally Fred, how do I get to the dialog box that you posted above (called Image 131.jpg)? I can't find any buttons or shortcuts that show me that.
2  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Help with print sizes on: April 28, 2013, 10:51:42 PM
Thanks Fred. It's nearly midnight here (UK) so I'm off to bed now.  Smiley

I'll look at it again tomorrow evening (here, that is!).

If I select any paper other than the Fine Art, Canon doesn't impose this wide border and there's no problem. I see it's been (sort of) covered before about a year ago - again it was an issue with Canon and Fine Art and you contributed to that discussion too. In that discussion someone got over this by selecting a different paper (Matte Photo Paper - Hahnemuhle)) in the driver setting, so I'll try that.

Not sure why Canon does insist on this wide margin - unless it's to guard against head strikes.

Many thanks

3  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Help with print sizes on: April 28, 2013, 05:25:42 PM
Hi folks,

There's something I really can't fathom about print sizes. I have a Canon Pro-1 and, using fine art matte paper, the driver sets a minimum of 35mm borders all round. So I've set up a Job Profile that uses this driver setting (Fine Art) and the paper size is set at A3+ (330x485mm). By default I get "Original Size" in the preview window.

However when I drag some (not all) images into the window, the border is very obviously much larger than 35mm and the only way I can get the image to fill the available space is to drag out the corners.

If I select "Fit to Page" it tells me it's going to print on more than one sheet, so that's no good. So I thought I could solve the problem by setting a custom size of 260x415mm, that is the A3+ with 35mm borders all round. Result - it says "Poster Mode" so that doesn't work either.

I must admit that of all the great features in this program (I'm still learning!) this whole business of print and paper size totally confuses me.

I would appreciate some guidance!

4  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Fringing Filter seems to do little or nothing on: April 08, 2013, 09:54:04 PM
Thank you Terry - especially for reminding me about PT Lens. I had this program ages ago on a now defunct computer - if I can find the original license key I might be able to re-use it.

Luckily the Nikon D300 doesn't have this problem!


5  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Fringing Filter seems to do little or nothing on: April 08, 2013, 02:00:07 PM
Looking for some help here! One of my cameras (Panasonic LX5) displays green/magenta fringing in corners. If I open the image in the editing mode and click "Fringing" I would have expected to see some difference. I don't - even holding the "Entire Filter on/off" button shows absolutely no difference in the 1x preview. Am I missing something?

The images are RAW (.RW2) by the way.


6  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Are RAW files preserved? on: April 06, 2013, 09:07:11 PM
Thanks Fred and Terry. OK - got it. Just like the sidecar files in Adobe RAW!


7  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Are RAW files preserved? on: April 06, 2013, 07:42:30 PM
Since a RAW file is a "digital negative" that should never actually be changed, what happens when Qimage "modifies" a RAW file, such as sharpening or refining exposure? Is the original RAW file left intact somewhere?

Incidentally I think Deep Focus Sharpening is amazing - many thanks for bringing that too us!

8  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Opens in Poster Mode on: April 06, 2013, 07:27:18 PM
I can't explain it though!

There is an interaction between Studio and Ultimate in that opening Studio which has a different ini file, calls for a different set of parameters for the Job Properties, placement and I think Last Job.
Depending on what was being used in Studio last time, it tried to open but shares the printer setup with Ultimate.
When I go back and forth between, some newer saved printer setups made with Ultimate will not play well with Studio, so Studio will move to my default printer, an old HP.
Now when I open Ultimate again, it sees the saved HP printer and opens with that one in place.

Here's MY cure. Maybe it will help.  (Of course, after you finally cut the umbilical to Studio, you will not even think of it)  When I open Studio for some reason... and I play, print, whatever, I make sure I EXIT STUDIO using FILE EXIT WITHOUT SAVING

If you feel like it, how about emailing a printer setup (they are a pair) that makes poster Mode appear?

email address is: wathree.ssz@verizon.net


Aha! That makes sense. I noticed this too - Studio wanted to print to my default printer - an OKI laser.

I'll happily send you my printer setups if you can tell me which file(s) I'm looking for! I have Studio on an old XP PC too and I notice the printer setup files on that are .prt extensions but the ones in Ultimate are .job - I now only seem to have .job files on my Win7 computer.


9  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Opens in Poster Mode on: April 06, 2013, 04:45:45 PM

This sign shows up when your previous print size exceeded the paper size.
Either you shut down Qimage having left it with a small paper size and a larger print size and QU remembered the last setting for you, or you had 8 x 10 in use, and went into Page setup and changed the paper to 4 x 6.
Therefore the 8 x 10 will not fit on 4 x 6 so you get a notice that you are in Poster Mode. This just means you should recheck paper and print size to match, or you really can print a large print using smaller sheets, in POSTER MODE which will come out on multiple pages which you paste together.


I think there might be a little more to this. It happened after I had gone back briefly to my Studio version to make some comparisons - I had set up some print job settings in Studio ages ago that worked fine with the Canon Pro-1 printer.

After I closed Studio and restarted Ultimate is when I got the Poster Mode message. Eventually I found it was one of the printer jobs I was recalling, but it doesn't stop there! I had set two very similar jobs on the Pro-1 with identical page sizes, margins and so on. The only thing that differed was the paper finish; one was gloss and the other lustre (but neither was an "art paper" - I know that the Pro-1's margins are different with that). The gloss one worked, the lustre one gave the Poster Mode message. So all I did was to change the paper type in the gloss version and re-save it as a lustre (overwriting the previous file) - problem went away.

I can't explain it though!

10  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Opens in Poster Mode on: April 06, 2013, 12:49:00 PM
I'm not new to Qimage but I've only just started using Ultimate.

When I opened the application, using existing "jobs" from QI Studio, "Poster Mode" appeared in the preview window. I've never seen this before. I can't find anything in Help about any printing mode, or how to select or deselect it.

The printer is a Canon Pixma Pro-1, and I can't see anything obvious in its driver settings.

How do I do it?


11  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Install QI Ultimate alongside QI Studio on: April 06, 2013, 08:24:14 AM
Went ahead and tried it - everything is indeed transferred Smiley

12  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Install QI Ultimate alongside QI Studio on: April 05, 2013, 10:20:46 PM
I'm about to install the registered version of QI Ultimate on a Win7 64-bit computer with QI Studio already installed. I understand that the new installation "inherits" the preferences in the earlier version. Does that include the "Job" settings that define the printer settings?

Where are these settings stored?


13  Technical Discussions / Computer Software / Re: operating camera from laptop on: March 06, 2010, 10:54:38 PM

I'm not a Nikon user  Smiley, but a simple web search found a few links which may be useful. Not sure if any work with your camera -
Hopefully a Nikon user will supply some info

Nikon's own Camera Control Pro 2 works very well but is not particularly cheap (about 130 UKP). It support all functions of the latest Nikon DSLR's including Live View.

Hope this helps,

14  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: Panoramas - Canon iP4500 on: February 24, 2010, 07:59:04 PM
Hi all,

I've found how to set custom page sizes in Windows (certainly for XP, probably similar procedure in other flavours). Apologies to those who knew this already, but I hope it helps those who did not!

Open Control Panel/Printers and Faxes. Right click on the "white space" in the opened window, and choose Server Properties. In that dialog, click on 'Create a new form', specify the dimensions, name it and save. That's it! It will now be available to any printer that can handle the dimensions.

Hope this helps.

15  Technical Discussions / Printers / Re: Panoramas - Canon iP4500 on: February 22, 2010, 12:06:56 PM
I'm on the way to a solution here. In the B9180 driver, you can name individual custom sizes. When you do this, they also appear in the Canon list of available paper sizes! As far as I can tell, they only appear there if they don't exceed the size limits imposed by the Canon driver.

I have also experimented (with the Canon) with setting the paper in portrait mode. When you drag the thumbnail across in QI with "Fit to Page" set, it re-orientates itself and seems to work.

A useful thing here is that if the native printer driver includes a preview option, then provide QI is routed through the native driver you at least see what's going to happen.

A preview option like this would be invaluable in QI - the preview pane doesn't always display what will really happen, as I found out out!
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