Performance: QFX runs on the latest Windows™ platforms with fast 32-bit operation. The Intelligent Virtual Memory Manager is tailored to reduce disk access and conserve memory. QFX provides options that can load a 100Mb+ file in a matter of seconds, reading only the part of the image to be edited, and saving only the sections that have been changed.
Multi-threaded Processing: QFX takes advantage of Windows advanced features including multi-threading and multi-processors. Open several images for editing as fast as you can click in the menu. When you start an edit or effect in one window, switch immediately to another to do additional work. Multi-threading ensures optimum response from QFX at all times. Your machine does not appear to "lock up" when you print an image or perform an extensive task. Furthermore, multi-threading automatically takes advantage of computers with more than one processor
Command Queuing: This powerful macro and scripting function creates command lists called Queues and runs them automatically. Queues can be recorded or created and edited manually. The looping options select images for processing by wildcard names, number increment, or from an explicit list. A Queue can be assigned to the keyboard or to a Toolbar button to create a shortcut for opening dialogs, selecting tools or executing any sequence of program commands, This fast, flexible feature automates repetitive tasks like applying edits to a series of images such as animation frames and can be used for unattended post-processing.
Furthermore, you can program Queues using the built-in scripting language that is similar in style and syntax to the familiar BASIC programming language. It is complete with variables, expressions, conditionals, branches, subroutines, forms, message boxes, error handling and more. Included with the program are several example Queues including one called WebFolio that automatically creates a web page layout of thumbnails and linked images and uploads all the files to your web site.
Memory-Free Layering: The object-oriented features in QFX not only incorporate a complete set of drawing tools, but also let you manipulate images as objects, turning QFX into a super image composer with real time preview of placement, layering, transparency, masking, soft edges, effects and filters. Arrange multiple high resolution image layers with speed and accuracy without the overhead of opening and pasting each image individually.
Image Warping and Shading: Image warping is a powerful feature used to distort a selection creating a 3D effect. Regardless of image size, QFX displays a near real time proxy of the distorted image, eliminating guesswork. The shading function adds realistic lighting effects, with complete control over light angle, intensity, highlights, fill light and more. And you can save and load your warp setups so that you can reuse them or come back later to make subtle changes.
Window Linking: Any two open windows can be linked for paint-through effects, and multiple mask or image channels. Window linking allows for tiles or step-and-repeat image effects and automatically resolves differences in image sizes. This feature makes it a snap to apply complex effects selectively by painting back to the original only the desired areas of the fully edited image.
Unified Tool Set: Solid colors, gradients, effects, filters and masks can be applied or created using any of the QFX tools, which include the Brush tool, the Fill tool and Lassos, our resolution independent selection tools. Lassos are used to define areas for cut, copy, paste and duplicate operations as well as for applying colors, gradients, effects, filters and masks. The Lasso tools include the Pencil which draws in either Freehand or Bezier mode, oval and rectangle primitives which can be constrained to circles and squares, and the Text tool which creates character shapes. Lassos can have soft, hard or anti-aliased edges and any degree of transparency. Our exclusive Frame tool moves, scales, rotates, skews, mirrors and flops a lasso or selection in a single operation. Save lassos and open or merge in the same or a different editing window. You can even export our Lassos as Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files for inclusion in other vector based programs like CorelDRAW™ or 3D Studio MAX™.
Automatic Tracing: QFX can trace images, objects or masks (alpha channels) automatically, creating Lassos or object with Bezier curves, straight line segments or a combination of both. It is a snap to convert scanned art into vector objects or selections. You can export these tracings for use in other programs as well.
Superior Text Editing: Text is entered directly on-screen as outlines which can be moved, scaled, rotated, skewed, mirrored and flopped without degrading type quality. Individual text curves can be edited and nodes added or removed to create special effects such as dripping letters or to shape characters into logos. Controls are there for all text parameters including font style, size, spacing, leading and tracking and paragraph alignment. QFX also features both automatic kerning and true interactive kerning and supports all your installed fonts.
Object Effects: Each object in QFX can have its own set of effects applied independent of all other objects. Stack up multiple effects on an object to create unique and stunning images.
Lens Effects: Lens effect objects focus their effects in selected areas onto other objects, images or the background. Selectively create highlights or glows, apply filters to sharpen or blur images or create special effects like pixellate, motion blur or displacement mapping.
|Object Layers: Objects can be created and maintained on separate named layers. Each layer can be made visible or invisible, or editable or not editable. Create a visible but not editable layer to use for layout and placement. Make layers invisible to speed editing of complex scenes by avoiding lengthy redraw times. Drag and drop right in the toolbox to rearrange layers or objects. You also can rename objects and layers and select one or more objects by clicking in the Layers toolbox.|
Soft Objects and Automatic Shadows: The Soft Objects feature adds any degree of softness to object fill and outline attributes, feathering them into the objects and background behind. The Object Shadow function automatically creates a shadow of the selected object including the masked area of a bitmap object. Object Shadow options include offset, color, angle, softness, and transparency.
Interactive Image Control: A single function controls
contrast, brightness, color and saturation adjustments in RGB,
CMYK and HLS color models. Four modes of operation control all
tones in the image simultaneously, or selectively in the shadow,
midtones or highlights for Zone System control. Changes are made
by sliding control points on the lookup table graph and are
displayed in real time in a preview window. Settings can be saved
and recalled to apply exactly the same adjustments to other
Real Time Paste Preview: QFX provides a real time preview of the image being pasted. The paste proxy can be scaled, rotated or skewed in 1/10th% increments in a one-step process. Eliminate guesswork by zooming in or out as needed to accurately place the image, and use the Grid, Ruler and Guidelines functions for precise alignment. To conserve memory, use the Paste From File option to paste an entire image or its masked areas directly from a disk file.
Multiple Levels of Undo and Redo: You can set multiple levels of Undo/Redo independently for each image edit window. Turn Undo off at any time, without losing saved edits, to conserve memory and save time before starting a memory-intensive process. Flush Undo at any time to free up memory. Undo using the brush or any of the other selection tools to restore selected areas of the image. A separate Paint Brush Undo function sets the number of strokes per undo buffer, and can also be set to save only when scrolling to another part of the image or when picking a new brush.
Customized Tool Bar and Display: Use the Tool Bar Preferences Dialog to add or remove buttons from the Tool Bar for single-click access to frequently used commands and queues. Changes are displayed immediately, and you can save custom configurations for different operators or imaging tasks. All QFX application window interface elements and toolboxes can be displayed or hidden as required. Floating toolboxes roll up and can be moved anywhere in the application window.
Image File Types: QFX supports all the popular image file
formats including Tiff, JPEG, GIF, Photoshop, Targa, Windows
bitmap (BMP) and Windows metafile (WMF, EMF) as well as all
plug-in file formats. QFX also supports PhotoCD, and can open
both watermarked and encrypted PhotoCD's as well as ProPhotoCD
images at resolutions up to 64Base (4096 by 6144 pixels).
Thumbnails Browser: The Thumbnails Browser
lets you open files using a dialog that displays thumbnail images
of all the image files in a folder. The Thumbnails Browser works
with any image file type that QFX supports, even if the image was
created by another application. The
browser makes it easy to work with images
from digital cameras because it allows you to set the correct rotation for each
image so it appears upright regardless of how the camera was held and open it
automatically rotated to the correct orientation. You also have the option to print
a layout of the thumbnail images to your printer, to Windows
metafiles or the Windows clipboard.
Fonts, Printing and Scanning: QFX supports the TrueTypeTM fonts installed in your system, and under Windows NT, supports AdobeTM Type 1 fonts as well. Text pasted from the Windows system clipboard is manipulated as objects, and can be scaled, rotated and skewed without degrading image quality.
Support for TWAIN scanners and digital cameras and Windows printers gives you unlimited options for image input and output. QFX print options include automatic sizing, borders, tiling, crop marks, gray scale and captions.
Full Screen Editing: The Full Screen view feature hides screen elements, making QFX work like a paintbox program, and is ideal for the video environment. Only the image is visible on the screen, yet all the toolboxes and menus are just a keystroke or mouse click away.
Editing Window Properties: In QFX, you can open as many editing windows as your system resources will support. Windows can be resized, minimized to icons and easily restored. You can select the editing window view from the menu, or use the Zoom tool or zoom keys, and move around in windows using the scroll bars or the grab tool.
Editing windows maintain individual properties including Draw or Paint mode, and the display of grids, rulers, and guidelines. You can set any number of undo levels, and suspend or resume the Undo function for each window individually. Because each window has its own Undo/Redo buffers, you can come back to an image edited earlier and restore changes, even after working in other editing windows. Grid options include units of measurement, grid point spacing and color, placement above in front of or behind objects in the image, and location of origin. The cursor snaps to the grid any time it is turned on. Ruler options include units of measurement and location of origin. Guideline options include color, snap-to option, locking and placement over or under objects. You can also save, load and merge guideline sets.
Customized Workspace: QFX Preferences dialogs control many aspects of the program so you can create a working environment ideal for your working style and imaging applications.
System preferences include maximum size of brushes and effects, clipboard bit depth, default size and resolution of new images, nudge distance, Wintab queue options, and more. The Virtual Memory Manager preferences control memory allocation, undo options, thread priority options, and advanced memory management. The Warnings preferences dialog controls messages, and configures the warning options. The Plug-ins preferences configure installed plug-in modules. Additional dialogs calibrate RGB and CMYK display.
The Toolbar preferences dialog adds and removes buttons to execute commands or macros with a single click. The Display options let you control window caching, proxy views, image and display aspect ratio, and the Quick Tips feature which automatically displays help panels when the cursor rests on a button or tool.
The Color Preferences dialog selects the default background color for new editing windows, mask and fill overlay color and transparency, and the scroll bar increment. You can also choose between the QFX Color Palette, the standard Windows color dialog or plug-in color pickers. The Objects preferences configure both Draw Mode objects and Paint Mode Lassos, determining the method used for scaling and rotation, the dupe offsets, proxy quality, node options, cursor shape, and object editing options.
Preferences settings remain in effect from one session to the next, assuring you of complete control over your working environment.
CMYK Separations and Editing: QFX now includes the Magic Separator plug-in for creating high quality color separations. QFX also supports editing of CMYK images as well for a complete prepress imaging solution.
|Interactive Custom Filter Dialog: This dialog makes it easy to create, edit. load and save custom filters. It not only shows a preview of any custom filter but lets you edit or add to the filter coefficients. Experiment with different size filters, try out different filter matrices and save and load your creations.|
Effects Preview Windows: All effects dialogs, including built-in filters, display a preview window. These dialogs may be resized to display a larger preview, and you may the select the preview area. See the result of changes made to effect parameters in real time. The File Open and File Save dialogs display a preview of the selected file before you open or save over it.
Calculate Options: Select Calculate from the Image menu to control how colors, ramps or effects are blended with the background image. The calculate options are also available from the Paste Options, Warp Options or Bitmap Object Options dialogs to control how images are composed. The Calculate options are: Add, Darker, Difference, Double Expose, Lighter, Multiply, Subtract Source and Subtract Target.
Selective Undo: Restore areas from the most recent undo buffer using any of the lasso tools. Apply an effect to the entire image and remove selected areas using any of the lasso tools.
Undo Brush and Wacom Erasing UltraPen Support: Hold down the SHIFT key and paint, or paint with the new Wacom eraser tip pen to remove brush strokes, or paint back from the most recent undo buffer.
Nudge Keys: QFX nudge keys (arrow and Page Up, Page Down, Home and End keys) move selected objects, Lassos and images. When nothing is selected, these keys scroll the image edit window.
Wintab Interface Support: QFX recognizes all data tablet pointing devices that support the Wintab interface. This enables pressure and other special features for these devices. QFX recognizes the pressure threshold, button mapping and other pointing device preferences set in the device control panel applet.