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Quick Pix Flex View Features

Quick Pix Flex View™ is normally downloaded and setup in a Windows desktop, server or laptop computer.  The graphical tool was designed to provide desirable features, which are generally not all offered in other light-weight image viewers.  The object for us was to deliver a tool to quickly open email attachment or filesystem images, while remembering a number of current, as well as default settings such as multiple fitting, save quality, window size and mode.  In reality the application was created for ourselves, out of frustation with the poor features in most other offerings, and yet lightweight enough to run several image comparisons in concurrent sessions, which we know is a must for any designer.

Have you ever run into a number of images from which you have to pick and choose, but you can only open each one at a time, while you really wanted to see them side by side.  Would you not love to be able to resize an image window, while automatically resizing its contents, to save the window size and other fit-to and mode settings, and to open other similar images, all to fit side by side on your desktop, and then zoom in and out of each image until you get just the pixel view which you needed? This is actually impossible without a heavy duty editing tool, which slows you down every time you have to invoke it, and not all expensive editing tools will provide the settings, all in one comprehensive interface, easy to reach, easy to remember for the next image which you open.  And yet, on the next session you can return to your default settings, and in one second you remove all the one-time settings for that particular job.

For instance we go into different modes depending on the job at hand, if we are opening family attachments which we want to view in full screen then we maximize the window, optionally set the fit-to-all feature, click on Save on exit label, or check the Save on exit box and close the window and begin to select images or attachments, all of which will zoom to the entire screen.  If we resize or restore one of the windows its contents will go along with the fit-to-all rule, and in the long run the time savings become well worth it.  In the above scenario we could have instead used the fit-to-width setting on a restored 800 x 600 window, while any combination will yield the desired results.  For a panorama we would fit-to-height and scroll left and right.  The object is to avoid a zillion clicks just to get something done.  When finished with that mode we could optionally click Set defaults, returning to our own default settings, then optionally save settings via the Save on exit feature.  Please refer to the below bulleted features.

To get this application you may have to download, install and run our DetectNET2 tool to determine if the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 is installed, if you need it then follow our links to Microsoft, install verion 2.0 SP1 if on Windows 2000 (no longer supported), or else the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 (mostly Windows XP).  Or you might at first skip the .NET 2.0 detection, install the graphical application, and if the DLL error occurs when first launching it then proceed with our DetectNET2 tool to install the Framework, and the graphical application would then successfully launch.  You then register, purchase and request the unlock key, each being a separate step off the new application, enter or paste the key into the application and launch it again.  To automatically open an image type with the new application you must initially specify Open With to set the default program to QuickPixFlexView.exe, wherever you installed it.  The following are the time saving features in the application.

Quick Pix Flex View features:

  • Remember or discard session settings.  You may open an image, which defaults to your 800 x 400 window size defaults, and to your fit-to-width defaults, but all you see is the hair of a person on a tall portrait format.  If you wish to open several other images of the same properties you might want to have the application 'remember' to fit to height, or to fit to all, and in addition you might want to resize the windows to 640 x 768, so that you can easily drag the other image side-by-side to the current image.  Additionally you might want to compare 4 images at a time, so that you may set the window to 320 x 384, so that you don't have to be resizing each newly opened window.  You eventually get 4 equally fit windows, each with the ability to zoom in or out.
  • Click filesystem image or attachment or open from the application.  If you intend to perform a Save-As operation do so before opening another image in the same session.  Just as opening an image by clicking it, opening an image from the application will default the settings, unless you previously save them.  For instance, change the window size and set fit-to-all, then open an image from the application and the window will revert to previous settings.  In this case you may have wanted to click the Save label previous to opening the other image.  And after you have changed and saved your settings you can always return to default values by clicking on 'Set defaults', but don't forget to also Save that operation.
  • Zoom in or out.  When you begin to zoom the image may need to first return to its actual size, so that the 100% zoom factor is correct, then it performs the zoom operation.  If the automatic actual size takes place then the center of the viewable area is detected before actual size, the new center is calculated after the actual size operation, and again following the zoom operation by the user.  Please reference 'centered zooming' below.  Note that each time you zoom the current value of the Zoom interval field is added to the Zoom % field on the left side.  When fitting to width, height or both the zoom % label specifies 'automatic', as the current zoom depends on a fit-to setting, and when you set to actual size the zoom gets set to 100%.  Should you open an image, set it to actual size and rotate it then the landscape view will adapt to the actual image width.  If you were to zoom in or out after the actual size setting then the rotation will still retain the latest zoom factor in whichever orientation or rotation angle you are in.  We employ centered zooming to allow the same area of the image to be centered on the window as follows:  When zooming in or out we first determine the image position at the center of whatever size window you are on, and the same image area will be at the center of the viewable zoomed image.  However, you cannot scroll beyond the end of an image, so that centering works while scroll bars are visible.
  • Fit-to commands.  The application initially defaults to fit-to-width, which we thought to be the most desirable setting, while you can change it and optionally save your settings for fit-to-width, fit-to-height, fit-to-all or actual size.  You can resize, maximize or restore the window, or rotate 90° any number of times, and yet the contents will be automatically resized following the current fit-to settings, which means fewer keystrokes in the long run.
  • Rotation.  We only provide 90° rotation left or right, which you can repeat to advance to 180, then 270°, and so forth.  While the image has been rotated you can also use the fit-to commands, and should you save a copy of the image it will be saved with the rotation.
  • Zoom interval.  This number from 5 to 2000 is added to the Zoom % box on the left each time you zoom in, and subtracted each time you zoom out.  For instance, zoom at a 50 interval 3 times takes you to 150%, then 200%, and finally 250% of the original size.  We have used a default of 75 for the Zoom interval.  Notice that to insure accurate zoom % you should first set the Actual Size feature on, which defaults to 100%, and then for every zoom operation the % figure is accurate.  When you first open an image unto a fit-to-width setting the zoom% does not apply, the label specifies 'auto%', and zooming in and out will first set the actual size, and then zoom, therefore making the zoom % accurate.
  • JPEG Save Quality.  This number from 1 to 100 only applies when saving the copy of an image to JPG or JPEG format.  Whenever you access a GIF, PNG, TIF, TIFF or BMP image type it would save with their own type, JPG and JPEG saves with their own type given a quality %, and any other type of image we have defaulted to save as JPG with the selected quality.  The initial launch of this application adds the QuickPixFlexView sub-folder for whatever user is running it, which folder is meant to save copies of images to, for instance, if you open image catso.jpg from any location, including email attachments, and you save it, the first time the above folder will get catso - 01.jpg, if you again save it you get 02, and so forth, therefore we have made it hard to accidentally lose an image.
  • Animated GIFs, multi-page TIFFs, panorama scrolling and drag scrolling.  We made sure to accommodate animated GIFS in our viewer, as well as saving animated copies, however, once you rotate it the animation stops, but only during that session.  Also be aware that although a multiple page TIF or TIFF file can navigate the pages through the image right-click and Next Image Page option when saving a copy only the current page gets saved, therefore perform a Save for every page you need in the destination, or else just copy the original image.  For some reason the Document Imaging feature was excluded past MS Office 2003 or 2007, and the tool you would seek would be MSPVIEW.EXE, which lets you manage TIFF pages and annotations, and runs in the latest Windows operating systems as well, but we at least let you navigate TIFF pages, and print one at a time via the image right-click's Print Image Page and Next Image Page items.  An image tool-tip specifies the latest options in the image right click menu.  Panorama scrolling:  Since we noticed that horizontal scrolling by dragging the scroll bar was jerky, and that scrolling an entire panorama by clicking the scrollbar arrow was tediously requiring too many clicks we then intervened, adding several Auto Scroll features to the image right-click functionality, which so far employs Print Image Page, Next Image Page, Auto Scroll Left, Auto Scroll Right, Auto Scroll Down, Auto Scroll Up, Auto Scroll Pause and Auto Scroll STOP.  You could auto scroll to enjoy a panorama, or to pause or stop the scrolling once the desired area is reached.  For instance, you either open a large image, or zoom in considerably, center horizontally, and then auto scroll down, while getting ready with the right-click menu to stop scrolling when the desired section is displayed.  Once you reach the general zoomed in area you can then fine tune the scrolling manually.  In addition we have included drag scrolling to add to the visual experience when centering an area.
  • Save image and Open image commands.  The Open command provides an Open File dialog for you to browse to an image, while the Save command always saves a copy of the image in your Documents foder under a sub-folder for the application, and appends '- 01', '- 02' and so forth before the file extension.  Please refer to the previous feature for more file type details.  When opening an image certain features are always defaulted, such as zero rotation, fit-to-width, and zoom % reset to 100%.  Note that the initial 100% zoom does not truly apply until you turn the Actual-Size feature on, which would be a preliminary requirement for subsequent zooming to provide an accurate zoom %.  However, we have introduced an automatic 'actual size' operation when zooming, as mentioned in the above 'Zoom in or out' area.
  • Save settings now command.  The highlighted 'Save' label to the left of the 'Save on exit' check box may also be clicked to immediately save the current settings without having to exit the window, but remember that this tool is basically meant to associate file types, so that clicking attachment or filesystem images invokes the tool, and therefore it was really designed to get closed between images.  But you can save settings using either method.  When you know that more settings are going to be changed as you move on with the current job it might be more beneficial to use the 'Save on exit' check box so that your final window closing will not forget to save the settings.  But if all you are doing is a couple of setting changes you may then just click the Save label to immediately save settings.
  • Save settings on exit check box.  You may be in the process of changing more setting as you go, which at the end you need to save for other images during this same job, however, you might forget to check the Save on exit box before closing the window and thus lose the settings.  The purpose of the check box is for you to check it ahead of time, then keep on figuring what settings are best for the current job, then when you close the window and begin accessing the images the settings are there for you.  And of course you may also keep on clicking the 'Save settings now' command each time you want to retain new setting changes.  This is the highlighted label to the left of the check box.  As mentioned on the initial 'Remember or discard session settings' feature you could open an image, resize the window or maximize it, fit-to-all, check the Save on exit box, close the application, then start opening images and they will all follow the saved settings.  After you have finished the job you can tell the last application window to Save on exit, then click on Set defaults, and close the window, which will restore you to all settings previous to this job.
  • Set defaults.  As mentioned above all defaults are restored, but you must check the Save on exit box before closing the window, or else the default settings will not be restored the next time you launch the application.

While unlicensed this application is the only means to perform registration, to login and purchase, or to request an unlock key, which are the 3 steps required to validate the license in each computer, but you register only once.  The application is meant to install only once per computer, therefore switching users can employ the same license, however, the IT must provide write permissions for the user in the application sub-folder, at least on Windows Vista or later operating systems.

You may Download the Quick Pix Flex View application from this link, or follow the Products menu.   Or you can view a Video demonstration.

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