The Side-by-Side Window
The Side-by-Side window
The Side-by-Side (SBS) window in IMatch 3.6 is a great way to view multiple images at the same time. IMatch automatically synchronizes zooming and panning in the SBS window, which means that you can pan and zoom all images at the same time. This makes it very easy to 'select the best shot of a sequence, or to compare different exposure or white balance settings.
The SBS window fully supports all extended display modes available in IMatch, from low-res preview for RAW files to full-resolution display with ICC-based color management. The SBS window loads images in the background, and uses a even faster progressive load for file formats supporting this feature.
The SBS window allows you to zoom between 5% and 2000%, to switch easily between low-res preview and full-resolution image and off-line cache image usage. By default, the SBS window synchronizes zooming and panning for all loaded images, but you can temporarily override this to pan or zoom individual images as needed.
You can switch between multiple image display and single image display via keyboard or toolbar, and there is even a full-screen mode, where the SBS window displays only the image, and an auto-hide toolbar.
Of course you can directly rate, label and bookmark images directly in the SBS window. IMatch also provides the most frequently used file-level operations like copy, move and delete. This is usually everything you need to preview and cull even a large number of images.
SBS Window Features
The SBS window supports a variety of additional panels and features which can be enabled as needed.
This panel allows you to easily choose the visible area when you work at high zoom levels, or with very large images.
The Histogram Panel
The Text Overlay
The text overlay panel displays a configurable text on top of the image. IMatch variables are fully supported in this panel, which gives you access to IPTC, EXIF, and XMP meta data, plus nearly every other piece of information IMatch has for your image. Using the standard IMatch HTML formatting commands, you have full control over font size and color, table layouts and more.
This panel displays a combined gray value / color channel display of the image. A vertical bar shows indicates the histogram values for the pixel currently under the mouse cursor, and the absolute color at that position.
If you enable the grid, IMatch overlays a grid in contrast color. This makes it easier to check for perspective and alignment of objects within the image.
Clipped Highlights and Shadows
If you enable this panel, the SBS window shows clipped shadows and highlights in your image. These regions are either too light or too dark to produce proper colors in reproduction. Seeing these regions on screen is a great help when you cull images and you have several images with different exposure settings to choose from.
The gray scale preview allows you to quickly check how the image would look desaturated or gray scaled.
The SBS window also allows you to apply a configurable unsharp masking to the image for display purposes. This allows you to compensate for missing sharpness due to camera settings or just to make the image look more "crisp".
The auto enhance option enhances the contrast and colors in the image for display purposes.
More information about the Side-by-Side window can be found in the IMatch help file.