Ron and Ernst,
Thanks guys Ė very enlightening and a bit of an eye-opener.
After messing around with the latest version of Qimage Pro for a few hours (available as a free trial download for thirty days from the Qimage site) itís already obvious that this is a multi-layered, powerful package with lots of useful features. Itís certainly more comprehensive than anything PS or Lightroom has to offer. A careful reading of the PDF tutorial is well worth it because there is much to learn. So far, I've just scratched the surface.
For instance quite by accident, I discovered you can drag images from Bridge and drop them unopened straight into the Qimage print window where they can be viewed in landscape or portrait orientation at the click of a mouse. This is among very many handy features. I tried to do the same with Lightroom but failed. Any picture with the designation _edit _ doesnít show.
The most intriquing aspect for me so far is the sharpening facility in Qimage. Is it the case, Ron/Ernst, that Qimage automatiscally applies an auto Ďsmartí final output sharpening taking into account the size of the print, how much it has been upsized etc. This is a chore which I have always found to be hit and miss in PS Ė proper sharpening being one of the most difficult, misunderstood and misapplied techniques of them all. Itís easy to overdo or underdo, but damned difficult to get just right.
Now, if Qimage can do this job satisfactorily, well, that opens up a whole new ballgame for me at least.
If I understand you correctly, this would be the worlflow: get the image the way you want it in PS, sharpen as normal, save, open in Qimage,, resize your pic, select the auto sharpen and print. Qimage takes over the output sharpening and Bobís your uncle. If you wish, you can set your own level Ė there are three, I think: low, medium and high.
The critical element is that output sharpening is being applied at the correct stage Ė just before printing. Thus, if you have several finished images in a folder, just open it, bring them into the print queue/window in Qimage, select the print size, apply auto sharpening and print them all without even opening one of them
Evonzz has posed a good question here.
I am using Photokit Output sharpening in PS2 before sending prints to my 3800 and find it works very well. How does Qimage sharpening compare with Phtokit for final output?
I would be amazed if Qimage sharpening is that sophisticated but does it come anywhere near? If it does, well, thatís a hell of an achievement for such a reasonably priced package. The sharpening issue alone would be enough to make me buy Qimage straight away.