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Old Feb 1, 2005, 11:34 PM   #1
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Being a very recent convert from film I have been exploring all the various software requied and I would like to express my amasement at how Qimage handles almost all the aspects that I require. The croping required for all the differing aspect ratios seems to be a pain in the but in all except Q. Not being one to artistically manipulate images very often the supplied corrections work very well andaremostly adequate for my needs. The one exception here is the discontinuation of raw support. Theidea of an associative filter that never resaves the original is the answer for jpegs especially but i feel it important to always keep the original unchanged which is what we had with film. 16 bit tiffs woud be the best alternative but are huge. At approx9 meg,Power ShotPro 1,the raw is a good size compromise but needs to be reprocessed when pulled out of the archive which will be another pain in the but. If Mike ever decides to create an add on to Q for raw put me on the list to purchase.

One question- Being a fairly fussy type in regard to colour i will obviously have to go along the profile path. I bought a Canon 8400f scanner which seems to do an admirable job for my MF film. Has anybody used this to generate profiles for P Prism and if so what were the results, good or mediocre.

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Old Feb 2, 2005, 8:39 AM   #2
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First, raw support in Qimage has not been discontinued: it still supports the cameras that it has always supported: D1, D1X, D1H, D100, Fuji S2, Oly E-10 and E-20. We simply refuse to support more/future raw formats until manufacturers decide on a standard and stop doing their own thing with respect to raw formats for each new camera released. See http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/raw.htm for more details.

On the question of the Canon 8400f, I'm not familiar with that scanner, but almost all Canon scanners (except the LiDE 80) require the use of VueScan because the supplied Canon Twain software is insufficient for getting quality scans without significant highlight clipping.

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Old Feb 2, 2005, 10:01 AM   #3
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Mike sorry I did realise that the existing formats remain but futher development had been discontinued. I doappreciate your resoning in this decision but I will keep the fingers crossed that the situation may develop for the better in the future. I had intended my post to be a thank you for all the other aspects of my requirements that Q addresses so well.

I suppose I will add VueScan to my shopping list, when the finances recover a little from my last spending spree. I am quite dissapointed with theinconsistent colour rendition that I am currently experiencing.

Keep up the good work -Mike
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Old Apr 13, 2005, 9:00 AM   #4
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Some raw converters (RES 2005 and Bibble come to mind) store the settings locally after you have done teh raw conversion. I archive these settings with my raw file thus hopefully enabling me to get the same again if needed.

However, it is fair to say that Raw converters are improving very rapidly at the moment and I expec that any raw file that I might re-process in the future would be done again in the latest version. I do not believe that a printing RIP should be trying to do raw conversion. It is bad enough trying to hadle dozens of printers; adding dozens of cameras would not help. I use a set of specialised tools for each phase in my workflow (About to add Qimage, that is why I read this) and I do not like to mix them up.

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