Nikon soft­ware

Part 1 Take a first look at Nikon’s new im­age-edit­ing tool with Rod Law­ton

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Dis­cover Cap­ture NX-D, Nikon’s lat­est soft­ware de­signed es­pe­cially for pro­cess­ing and ad­just­ing your RAW files

On 25 Fe­bru­ary, Nikon re­vealed a brand-new ver­sion of its im­age pro­cess­ing and ad­just­ment soft­ware, called

Nikon Cap­ture NX-D. (The D4s was the big­ger an­nounce­ment the same day; see page 86 for more on that.)

Once Cap­ture NX-D is fin­ished, it will re­place Cap­ture NX2, which will be dis­con­tin­ued – so does that mean it’s a di­rect re­place­ment?

Prob­a­bly not. Nikon Cap­ture NX2 was de­vel­oped with the help of Nik Soft­ware, which de­signed the in­no­va­tive con­trol point tech­nol­ogy used by Cap­ture NX2 for quick and ef­fec­tive im­age ad­just­ments. How­ever, Nik Soft­ware was taken over by Google back in Septem­ber 2012, which has left Cap­ture NX2 high and dry. Nikon has con­tin­ued to add sup­port for new D-SLRs as they ap­pear, but the soft­ware it­self has been on bor­rowed time.

Cap­ture NX2 had some pow­er­ful edit­ing, mask­ing and se­lec­tion tools, but the beta ver­sion of NX-D has none of these, so it does look like a much sim­pler tool.

Free for all

Cap­ture NX2 fans will have to mi­grate to Pho­to­shop or some other im­age-edit­ing tool for the lo­calised ad­just­ments they used to do in the Nikon soft­ware, but it’s not all bad news. Nikon Cap­ture NX-D will be free, just like Nikon ViewNX 2 is now, and pre­sum­ably you’ll be able to down­load and use it even if you own an older cam­era.

Safer meta­data

Cap­ture NX-D also tack­les meta­data is­sues caused by ex­ist­ing Nikon ap­pli­ca­tions. First, there’s no men­tion of the com­plex and prob­lem­atic Nikon Trans­fer tool – older 1.x ver­sions still on users’ ma­chines can cor­rupt newer NEF files. Also, Cap­ture NX-D uses safer ‘side­car’ files to store your ad­just­ments rather than writ­ing them di­rectly to the NEF file.

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