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64-bit Nikon ViewNX v2.3.0 and Wireless Transmitter Utility v1.3.0 released

Today Nikon released new versions of ViewNX (v2.3.0) and Wireless Transmitter Utility (1.3.0). Some of the ViewNX changes are added support for Nikon D800, D4 and 64-bit support.

Modifications made in View NX3.2.0:

  • Support for the D800 and D800E has been added.
  • Save and Save As… items have been added to the File menu.
  • Original image files (original format, size, resolution, etc.) can now be sent as e-mail attachments from ViewNX 2 using the Email function.
  • A Margins function has been added to Index Print settings in the Print dialog.
  • Slideshows were sometimes not displayed properly when run with Auto-Hide Slide Controls selected for Toolbars in the slideshow Settings Dialog. This issue has been resolved. (64-bit version of ViewNX 2 only.)

Additional modifications to the Windows version:

  • ViewNX 2 and the Picture Control Utility now function as native 64-bit applications under 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
  • When the decimal symbol used by the OS was set to anything other than a period (.) or comma (,) from the Regional and Language Options in the operating system’s Control Panel, position information was not correctly displayed. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented editing of information in the Metadata palette for images saved to Windows shared folders has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented smooth playback of Motion Snapshot files with some systems has been resolved.

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version:

  • ViewNX 2, the Picture Control Utility, and Nikon Transfer 2 now function as native 64-bit applications under Mac OS X versions 10.6 and 10.7.

Modifications made in Wireless Transmitter Utility (1.3.0):

  • The name of the software has been changed from WT-4 Setup Utility to Wireless Transmitter Utility.
  • The icon used by the software has been changed.
  • Support for the Wireless Transmitter WT-5 has been added.
  • Support for the D4 has been added.
  • Camera network profiles can now be saved on the computer. In addition, network profiles (settings files) saved to the computer can be loaded to a camera using the Load settings file option.

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  • Support for Mac OS X version 10.7 has been added.
  • However, Print mode for WT-4 cannot be used.
  • Support for Mac OS X version 10.4 has been eliminated.
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  • http://www.hetfotoatelier.nl Peter Rothengatter

    that’s great :-)

  • Ulysse

    and no Capture NX3 in sight !

  • Eric

    This is my biggest bone to pick with the D800 I ordered. Why doesn’t it work with the WT-5? That’s inexcusably stupid, Nikon! And another thing, all of your software is clunky and almost unworkable compared to Adobe’s and Apple’s. Either make better software, or give it up.

    • http://cdsharper.zenfolio.com CSharp

      +1

    • Skaas

      +1

      • http://atmikesphotography.blogspot.com/ atmikes

        + 1000

        • Luke

          +1,000,000

          Thats one of the things I hated about my D5100, adobe not being able to use an official Nikon Camera Profile so I had to use Nikon Software. I was jealous of Canon being able to use Lightroom. Nikon images in Lightroom are terrible compared to Capture NX

    • Rex

      I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the D800 was actually developed in 2010 with fully working samples out by mid 2011 (according to loose info here on NR)

      I think this is why we don’t see WT-5 compatibility and probably why we also don’t see XQF.

      It’s not an excuse, but just an observation.

    • http://www.rebelsownthenet.com Max Rebel

      I think its simply economics, if you really want the WT-5 and its features you’ll be spending the extra to purchase a D4.

      This way Nikon won’t be shooting themselves if the foot once again giving all its most exclusive features to the lower half of the FX Line.

      • http://StevenGeorges.com Steven Georges

        No, I’ll have the D4 in my hand at the basketball game and the higher MP and more affordable and lighter D800 as the remote up behind the backboard.

    • http://StevenGeorges.com Steven Georges

      +1 on the “clunky” part

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      I have a simpler solution to why there isn’t a WT5 hole in the D800: cost/benefit doesn’t add up for it.

      Some simple math:raw images from the D800 = 35 to 80 megabytes

      802.11.n = 150 megaBIT/second = 18.8 megaBYTE/second on paper, yet realistically, with encryption, distance, background noise…you probably lose half of that.

      SO a camera that puts out files that could be 80 megabytes each transferring those files at aroumd 10 megabytes/s sounds like a bad idea. It’s possible that it’s using MIMO, in which case those numbers are doubled. Double that rate would work for D4 sized files, but D800 files would be twice as big.

      There is theoretically a quad stream MIMO, but I don’t know of any commonly available routers that use it. If implemented, that would have the capability of moving ONE d800 raw file per second.

      So, the point is, for anything but jpegs, live wifi transfer on the D800 is impractical. It’s only barely practical with the D4.

      • jorg

        thanks

  • Dormant

    Nikon, who are lauded for their backwards compatibility with cameras and lenses, sure screwed up when it comes to software. I have a WT-3 on my D200 and the setup software does not work with OS/X after 10.5. So I have to use a virtual Windows machine just to fiddle with the set-up (or try to do it using the D200′s menus, which is not fun).

    Why, oh why can’t they build a piece of software that can be used with all their wireless transmitters?

    • fiatlux

      I think that in this particular instance, Apple is to blame as much as Nikon. I entirely switched to Mac OS X, but one thing I miss from the Windows world is backward & forward compatibility.

  • Ray

    In 1988 Nikon turned down the chance to buy Photoshop.

    [QUOTE=Alan Bartlett]Tragically, in my view, Nikon saw itself as a hardware supplier and did not see any reason to extend the Nikon brand into software or services. In 1988, at the MacWorld show, the Nikon team was approached by two brothers who offered them the rights to market an imaging software application. The brothers were Thomas and John Knoll. The application was called Photoshop.

    Although the US and European Nikon HQs were enthusiastic about the idea, the Japanese bosses turned it down, siting that Nikon was not a software company and that no EXISTING market existed for Photoshop.

    I especially like the statement about not being a software company…lol

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      Right…they still aren’t NX should be given away free with the cameras. It’s potentially useful, but only to Nikon users who’re locked in, and it’s not worth the price. If you’re going to spend money on something, LR and PS kick NX ass mercilessly.

      Good to see that Nikon’s software has caught up with 64-bit Win, now that it has been around for seven years.

  • Dweeb

    So I guess Capture NX3 is still 10 years away?

    • Crimed

      Preorder it now on Amazon – That’s probably when they’ll ship it!

    • Drugstore

      What are you missing in NX2 that you think NX3 will do? LR3 or PS interface?

      • Ric

        1 killer enhancement.

        Drag and drop to reorder edit steps.

        and Nik newer plug in compatibility.

      • DancingBrave

        Perspective/ parallax correction

        Improved manageability and editing of settings (adjustments) files.

  • bio

    has anybody a pdf manual for d800?

    • jodjac

      +1, please!

  • KL

    Is there an update to Capture NX2 to support the RAW files produced by D4?

    • Drugstore

      You won’t need an update. I think they already released the RAW update for Windows, Mac will get it automatically. And jpeg ist just jpeg. No idea if they might change anything for D800.

  • Doug

    Maybe Photoshop wouldn’t be the same if they were partners with nikon, nikon is like an old but very clever hardware company, Adobe is updating itself every 3 to 6 months in general, the move was good for both sides.

  • Chris

    Any word about 64bit and CFX? Now supported in Win?

    Chris

  • disiderio

    I don’t mind if Nikon take a while longer to enhance the UI for nx3, as long as it helps professionals who pay big dollars for their equipment. I would love to shoot a wedding and batch edit 400 photos in the same time it takes on Lightroom whilst retaining d lighting, noise reduction and nikons coloured profiles!

  • D.K.

    hahahaha, I should have known, Nikon Transfer still puts the date, when the picture is copied to the disk instead of keeping the date, when the picture was taken

  • Spy Black

    “- Pre-installed versions only.
    - Only the 32-bit versions of Windows XP are supported.
    - Both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Vista. However on a computer running a 64-bit OS, only ViewNX 2 itself and the Picture Control Utility function as native 64-bit applications.”

    So exactly WHAT doesn’t run in 64-bit? I don’t get it.

  • Toby

    Installed VNX2.3 64 bit. It hangs. Uninstalled VNX 2.3 64 bit and installed the 32 bit version.
    Also hangs. VNX2.3 is buggy.

  • Viewnxfail

    Has anyone else noticed that when you change the WB in this new view nx program, the d lighting changes and even reverting back to wb as shot does not bring back the d lighting settings?

    w
    t
    f

  • nrb
  • http://blog.dafyddowen.com Daf

    64-bit version doesn’t seem to want to install on XP 64.
    Goes through all the motions and configuring but at the end of it nothing is installed.
    32-bit version installs and runs though (only opened it up once)
    Reported to Nikon Support – would be better if it says it wouldn’t work on XP64

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