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Old January 11th, 2007, 05:32 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
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Default What PC software for the Intel Mac?

Now that I have the new 17" MacBook Pro with Parallels, I'm interested in venturing a few steps to the darkside to PC softeare.

What PC programs have you found useful to complement your standard Mac programs for your work?

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Old January 11th, 2007, 06:23 PM
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Simply go to the astalavista.com, follow a few links, and a whole bunch of the totally free software will gladly install itself - all for free and in fully transparent/automated mode.
The only problem will be to get rid of it:-)
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Old January 11th, 2007, 06:34 PM
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Hi Asher,

I think you may use qimage, if you are into printing to Epsons. Also maybe Irfan view as a viewer of almost anything - it gives pretty comprehensive file properties, including exifs, and is OKish on quick conversions.

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Old January 11th, 2007, 08:00 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
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Thanks guys!

I have a funny feeling that the self-installing .exe software that you're sending me to Nik are like the gifts sailors get when tey are in port overnight!

Qimage sounds interesting. What does it do over printing from CS2?

One piece of software I'll be happy to hace access to is a reader that hospitals use for imaging studies like CT and MRI scans.

Anyway, I feel like a prince with this beautiful new machine!

Asher
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Old January 12th, 2007, 03:09 AM
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Qimage sounds interesting. What does it do over printing from CS2?

Asher
QImage is a much more sophisticated printing tool than CS3 - but the learning curve is steep. It's not real intuitive but the up-sampling and sharpening are really quite excellent.

It's kind of a budget RIP, but more than that too. Those who have gotten the hang of it reckon it's the best thing going, others never get past the slightly odd user interface (me).

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Old January 12th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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Thanks for that headsup Nick. That's helpful and motivates me.

I'll look for a tutorial. There must be some online.

So great to have you here. Sorry about those birds that fell from ther sky in Australia. Hope it wasn't the bird 'flu! Perhaps some farmer dosed his crops too much with pesticides!

Asher
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Old January 12th, 2007, 06:07 PM
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Hi Asher,

the Qimage site is here http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/

There are examples and test prints to try and a free demo install, which lets you print up to 3 images at a time. There is plenty of help on its use on this forum, so I found, and in fact a very good tutorial/faq with the software. Mike's profile prism is good too, if you are into trying different paper/ink combinations.

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Ray
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Old January 12th, 2007, 06:56 PM
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Hi Nick,

I've just realised that my qimage was a few months old - checked it out, there is a raft of updates, including changes to the gui, so maybe it is now a tad simpler to use, not had chance to try it out, but a painless update.

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