At a Glance
- Includes extra features casual photographers might not use; higher price tag than standard versions
This flexible printing software gives the user maximum control of size and placement of photos.
When you’re finally ready to get those digital photos off your
computer and into the real world, Qimage Ultimate gives you more
control over how you want to print your photos than a standard
The main use of Qimage Ultimate is to give more flexibility and
control over the size and placement of multiple photos on a page.
With a few clicks, you can choose multiple photos from your
library, choose the size of each photo, and then place them on a
single page the way you want. Place and size the photos using a
variety of mechanisms, such as choosing from a list of sizes in a
pop-up window, pre-defining the number of photos that you want to
fit on a page, pre-defining custom sizes for each photo, or just
dragging, dropping and resizing using your mouse. The software will
crop photos to fit them onto the page, and you can define where the
image is cropped or let Qimage do it automatically.
This program’s advanced features reach beyond its flexible
printing capabilities. The depth and technicality of the features,
as well as its $90 price tag, might be overkill for the average
photo hound, but for professional photographers and avid
enthusiasts, it could be worth it. (Take advantage of the 14-day
free trial.) It works with multiple formats, including RAW images.
It manages ICC color, so once you have defined the camera, monitor,
and printer used, Qimage Ultimate will manage the color
compatibility among the peripherals so that color will remain
accurate and consistent. It also handles batch conversion, retains
EXIF data when a photo is edited, and allows you to edit and search
Qimage Ultimate includes a photo editor that will auto-correct
or allow you to manually correct exposure, color, and other image
problems, and it can link directly to external photo editors. Other
examples of its additional features include sharing by email,
either directly from Qimage or from a default mail server, grouping
photos in albums, and printing photos with proof marks.
For those who are less knowledgeable about the technical aspects
of digital photography, there will be a learning curve if you want
to take advantage of Qimage Ultimate’s more advanced features.
Fortunately, the Help files are well written and vendor
ddisoftware’s Web site includes forums for people to share
Lower cost versions of Qimage, for users who will use a more
narrow set of functions, include the Lite ($35), Professional ($50)
and Studio ($80). According to ddisoftware, no new versions of
these programs are planned, though they will continue to be
supported. Qimage Ultimate is a full-featured package that does a
great job of simplifying complex printing jobs.