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QPix: the professional choice


Starting with v17, 4D no longer includes certain libraries required by QPix which means that QPix cannot run in any configuration under 4D v17 or later! Last good pair is QPix 3.7.2 for 4Dv16 32-bit.

Support for 64-bit clients is provided only by Q2Pix under modern 4D versions, starting with v16.

Powered by QuickTime and native platform technologies, QPix is the raster imaging plug-in of choice of 4D developers doing professional imaging and multimedia work.

First introduced in 1997, QPix is more than just features: backed by Escape's speedy and efficient technical support, it provides the quality and dependability that 4D developers require and appreciate in today's competitive business environment.

Below is a partial list of QPix's amazing features. Download the distribution package for complete examples and lots of well-written, reusable 4D code:

Import formats

Read all image formats supported by QuickTime (JPEG, GIF, TIFF, JPEG2000, PICT, PNG, Photoshop, etc). Support for multi-page PDF (native on MasOS X, with AFPL Ghostscript on Windows) is achieved through custom components developed by Escape.

Image acquisition


Acquire photos and videos from digicams (videos on MacOS X only), capture video from webcams and camcorders, or do traditional scanning using a wide range of personal or high-end document scanners with Automatic Document Feeder, Transparency and Duplex options.

QPix supports acquisition using PTP (Mac Image Capture, Windows Image Acquisition - WIA), TWAIN, Mac Image Capture Scanner, QuickTime Video Grabbing (Mac) and Windows Video (Windows).

Image transformations

Geometry: Rotate, zoom, flip, rectangular marquee (select, crop), set scroll offsets.

Filters: Brightness/contrast, sharpen, blur, RGB/HSL balance, and more.

JPEG transcoding: rotate, flip/mirror (lossless, without recompression).

Multi-page TIFF/PDF generation

Combine a series of source image files or 4D pictures into a multi-page TIFF or PDF file. Works natively on MacOS X; on Windows APFL GhostScript is required.

Multi-page TIFF/PDF generation turns scanned pages into electronic documents that can be stored, distributed and visualized within the 4D application, using a QPix area as document viewer.


Read TIFF, Exif, GPS, IPTC, and QuickTime metadata tags.


General info: height, width, color depth, horz/vert resolution
Frame type: page, resolution, layer, thumbnail.
Color info: color space, color profile.
Compressed picture info: codec, depth, quality.


Extract embedded thumnails from EXIF/JPEG and TIFF, or create high-quality thumbnails using bicubic interpolation.

Export formats

Export towards all file formats supported by QuickTime exporters, such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, JPEG2000, and more.

Plug-in area features

Area style: customizable (scrollable, various fixed styles)
Codeless area setup: yes, with Advanced Properties Dialog
Widgets: area tools, zoom, multi-page navigation
Tools: pointer, hand, marquee, zoom
Drag and drop: yes, support for 4D's drag and drop
Scrolling: proportional scrollbars, live scrolling
Area menu bar: yes, with common functions