QFX Image Editor

QFX Image Editor takes a unique approach to image creation by integrating the features of both a paint and a draw program into one application. Strictly paint programs like Photoshop let you paint and retouch, but cannot work with layouts of objects, text and images in a resolution independent way. Why is that important? Imagine creating a complex image for your web page and then your boss or client comes back and asks to use that same image on the cover of a brochure or in an advertisement. That modest image you created for the web is not going to hold up when enlarged to the 300 DPI or more required to reproduce in print. What to do? You will have to do all that work again, unless of course, you created it in QFX.

Images created in QFX Draw mode are resolution independent and can be rendered at the resolution suitable to the application. Strictly draw programs like CorelDRAW™ work similar to QFX, but have no paint capabilities. No brushes, no masking, no transparency, no plug-in filter effects, and so on. If you want to do a little airbrushing or retouching, apply some filters or change the color, contrast or brightness of your image, you will have to switch to another program. Sure, some draw programs ship with companion paint programs, but that is another program to maintain and learn. And, you have to switch back and forth between two programs, cutting and pasting or copying files back and forth.

With QFX you have the best of both worlds, just one button click away, right in the same program window, in the same image. Furthermore, QFX has features that the draw-only programs do not, like soft edge objects, transparent objects, automatic shadows, glows and embosses and the ability to apply to objects paint-only effects like posterize, mosaic and pixellate as well as filters for blurring and sharpening and more. Add to all this the other power features of QFX (see below) and you will never again want to use two programs when there is one program that can do it all.

Here is a list of the main included features of QFX:

  • Right-click context popup menus. The right mouse button activates a variety of popup menus with items related to the object or window over which the mouse button is clicked. This provides quick access to commands related to the current task.
  • More palette options for color mapped images. You now have the option of saving color mapped images (8, 4 or 1 bit images) with a variety of different palette generation options. Palette options include: dither, diffusion, halftone, mezzotint, median cut, popularity and optimize.
  • Open and Save Object Scenes. When objects are saved, information about the background size, color and image are saved as well so you can open up your object layout with the same background on which it was created.
  • Increment numbered file names. We have added a spin button to all the file open and save dialogs that will automatically increment or decrement the numbers in numbered file names. This makes it easy to save a series of numbered files because all you have to do is click the spin button once to create the next name in the series.
  • Arrange menu for Lassos. Most of the items in the Arrange menu are active for Lassos, such as To Front, To Back, Group, Un-Group, Join and Break Apart. And, you can Align, Distribute and place Lassos on a Path as well. The ability to Join Lassos makes it possible to stitch multiple Lassos into a single Lasso.
  • Show last file name opened or saved in File name edit control in all file open and save dialogs instead of a blank name. This change makes it much easier to save or open a file whose name is similar to the last file opened or saved.
  • Thumbnail previews for Draw objects in the Open and Save Objects dialogs and an option to save a thumbnail of the object layout with the object file.
  • Automatically switch the display of text object being edited to Outline view to make it easier to edit text when in Layout view.
  • User option to stash Lasso or not after it is applied.
  • Objects information dialog with expanded information on Draw mode objects.
  • Drag and drop to open objects or Lasso files from Windows Explorer.
  • Grouped, joined, unioned, cropped or drilled objects now remain in the same layer as the topmost selected object.
  • After Undo, the previously selected objects are re-selected.
  • Improve Grid and Ruler guides snap. Now all sides of the Frame tool and objects snap to the grid and guides. Node snap has been improved as well.
  • Rulers displayed in 1/16" or 1/10" increments and rulers are now drawn across full width and height of the image window.
  • Print tiled images. Now you can print banners or posters from your images. We also have enabled printing multiple copies for printers that do not support multiple copies directly (such as most inexpensive ink jet printers).
  • Negative values for borders in Resize/Rotate dialog. Negative border values cause the image to be cropped by the border value amount.
  • New lookup table format. The new format for saving Image Control lookup tables (luts) saves all the settings from the Image Control dialog as well as the table itself. Now when you load a lookup table, all the slider and button settings are restored.
  • Improved selection of Displacement effect map image. A linked window is no longer required for this effect. The map image now is selected from inside the Displacement Options dialog, either from a list of current open edit windows or by selecting the browse button and selecting from any image file on your hard disk or network.
  • Color patches added to the Hi-Con Effect and Relief Filter dialogs for selecting the colors for these effects.
  • Improved Adobe Illustrator (.AI) import, including support for clipping paths.
    Easier selection of overlapping objects. Hold down the CTRL key while clicking to select the next object below the topmost object of overlapping objects.
  • Modeless Queue Edit dialog. This dialog can remain open while editing and playing the Queue. Creating and testing Queues was never easier.
  • Last Queue edited is saved automatically when the Queue Edit dialog is closed or you exit the program. The saved Queue is restored automatically when the program starts again.
    Queue Keywords may be entered without surrounding brackets (i.e. DIALOG instead of [DIALOG]).
  • Plug-ins in sub-folders of the plug-ins folder are now found and installed.
  • New Plug-in Preferences for controlling the behavior of Filter and Selection plug-ins.
Review by Jared Moya

QFX Image Editor has an average rating 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 user ratings.