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Better print utility than Epson Photoquicker?

Rob Evans , Jan 30, 2002; 05:57 p.m.

I use the supplied Epson Photoquicker software to output to an Epson Stylus Photo 1290 (equivalent to the 1280 in the US I believe).

The software is easy and convenient to use but (now I've passed the point where I'm suprised that anything prints out at all and can overlook small inconsistencies) am getting frustrated at my inability to accurately predict where and how the image will appear on the page. The problem is particularly acute where I'm printing multiple images on the same sheet of paper. The photos are cropped unexpectedly, positioned inconsistently with the preview and often with colours noticably different on multiple copies of the same image on the same sheet.

Can anyone recommend a reasonably inexpensive alternative product?

Ideally it would have an accurate preview function.

I also use Photoshop LE 5 but this is resticted in its output options and recommends using a specialised page layout program to accomplish anything other than single, centered images.

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Bob Jarman , Jan 30, 2002; 08:59 p.m.

Hi Rob,

Have you tried qimage pro. I use it for my 780 and love it.

http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/

YOu can downlad it and try it out for free for 30 days.

Vincent J M , Jan 30, 2002; 11:58 p.m.

This in the archived forum?

I'm surprised to see purely equipment/software related questions such as this one, and the one about the Canon 100-400 vs 70-200 make it to the archived forums. Hardly a month ago, such questions would get booted to the unarchived forum and we would see around one new thread (or less) per day on the archived forum. Have the photo.net rules changed?

Jerry Hazard , Jan 31, 2002; 02:58 a.m.

The rules of the forum may not be changing, but photography is...

chris chedgzoy , Jan 31, 2002; 05:10 p.m.

Rob. I also have the epson 1290 and also an epson 7500. I must confess I dont know the program you are talking about as it did not come with either of my printers.

What I can say however is the 1290 is currently one of the best photo printer for the price in the UK. I have printed many 100's if not 1000's of pages now using it and get no unexpected surprises.

Sound like you are on a budget and I was going to tell you to use photoshop v6 but try a shareware package called paintshop pro. I believe it will do everything you want. If you need any help in setting up your drivers to get what you see on the screen to what you get on paper then please email me at chris@chedgzoy.com and I will try and explain how this is best done.

Also try and stick to one type of paper as this will alter your images vastly.

Rob Evans , Feb 05, 2002; 06:31 p.m.

Bob and Chris, thanks for your advice. I'm trying out Qimage which, apart from the irritating restrictions in the demo version, seems much more flexible than Photoquicker.

Adam Baron , Jul 24, 2003; 01:10 p.m.

I'm having a few problems with PhotoQuicker - it seems to please itself what it does at the moment. I can print contact sheets out - sometimes... and 2 images to a page, again, sometimes... the problem is that the printer seems to stall a random way through the print - this can be anywhere from the first page (more often than not) to a random other page - making it a good way to waste good paper...

Anyone else had similar problems... no other printing apps seem to have any problems with it!

I have a p4 2.4ghz, 1gb ram, pleanty of HDD space...

Cheers

Adam

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