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Reviews Categories | Ham Software - Other than logging | Chromapix SSTV Help

Reviews Summary for Chromapix SSTV
Chromapix SSTV Reviews: 3 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $120.
Description: Programm for SSTV Mode
Product is in production.
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PE3HMP Rating: 5/5 May 16, 2005 10:38 Send this review to a friend
Very good  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have used it for a long period, one of the best SSTV programs and still in use today after many years
ON4SKY Rating: 5/5 Sep 26, 2004 04:55 Send this review to a friend
Great but expensive.  Time owned: more than 12 months

Written by James Barber and William Montgomery, ChromaPix is an SSTV application. Taking advantage of DSP functions, it is very powerful and should satisfy the most advanced users. It comes with a superb and user-friendly GUI and an excellent manual of 41 pages to download (PDF of 3.6 MB).

The main screen is divided in 4 parts. At center is the main display where images are received and can be edited, Images controls are at left (image quality, filters, painting tools, etc), SSTV controls are displayed at right (transmit, receive, mode, tuning, etc), and Storage controls below (save, restore, print, etc).

In Auto receive mode, ChromaPix can detect the transmission mode or you can set it manually selecting one of the 8 modes between Scotty S1 and Robot 72. You can also select in this scrolling menu the sizing of your interface (from a small GUI up to full screen).

Before using ChromaPix it is warmy suggested to read the manual to understand how to configure settings and adjust images during reception thanks to SSTV controls (submenu SSTV, 1, 2, 3). This can be the case when images are tilted (slanted) due to a bad calibration of the sound card clock that creates oscillator errors.

Among additional tools name the tuning spectral display (in the SSTV controls pane) that permits to adjust the SSTV signal to the correct frequency. After reception the image can be postprocessed, its contrasts, colors adjusted, and, to some extent, the QRM can be removed as well. Images can be manually or autosaved in JPG or BMP format.

IMHO, only drawback, as there are many SSTV freeware and shareware on the market, $120 for such a product is much too expensive, even if it comes with some modes unsupported in other applications.

ChromaPix is now at version 1.6 and runs on all Windows 32-bit plateforms equipped with a sound card. A demo is available running 30 minutes before shutting down.

Hope this helps

DM7IC Rating: 3/5 Mar 18, 2004 02:35 Send this review to a friend
Usefull  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Sometimes I feel a bit lost with all its controllers and switches. In that Point the old Win95-SSTV was better, because of the lower number of controll Elements but its outdated. Chromapix could be easier to use what would be more advantageous in the QSO but there isnt any Light Version, lately.

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