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With all the ex­cite­ment over the new the Nikon D4s (see p86), it would be easy to over­look an­other more con­tro­ver­sial Nikon news item. Nikon also has a new im­age-edit­ing tool, Cap­ture NX-D. This is avail­able as a free beta for any­one to try at http://beta.nikon­imglib.com, and will even­tu­ally re­place Nikon Cap­ture NX2.

The bad news is that the new pro­gram is much less pow­er­ful. It can carry out RAW con­ver­sions in the same way, but doesn’t have the con­trol points, masks and mul­ti­ple ad­just­ment steps that make Nikon Cap­ture NX2 so pow­er­ful.

In fact, NX-D looks re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to a pro­gram called SilkyPix, which is used by a num­ber of cam­era mak­ers as a free bun­dled RAW con­verter. Is Nikon swap­ping to a

generic soft­ware tool rather than de­vel­op­ing its own? At the very least, we would want to see the soft­ware faith­fully re­pro­duc­ing the Pic­ture Con­trols and white bal­ance set­tings we’re used to from Nikon D-SLRs.

Cap­ture NX-D will be free, but that won’t be much con­so­la­tion to Cap­ture NX2 fans, so we look for­ward to see­ing if ex­tra fea­tures will fol­low in the fin­ished ver­sion. You can find out more in our new Cap­ture NX-D se­ries, start­ing this month on page 70. Rod Law­ton con­cludes that it has much more in com­mon with the Nikon ViewNX 2 pro­gram cur­rently sup­plied free with all Nikon D-SLRs, but down­load the pro­gram for yourself, and let Nikon know what you think! Chris Ge­orge, Edi­tor chris@npho­tomag.com

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