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Nikon ViewNX version 2.3.1 is out

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Today Nikon released View NX version 2.3.1. The only addition is support for the waterproof and shockproof Coolpix S30 camera that should start shipping at the end of this month.

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  • T.I.M

    64 bits, so no for windows XP

    • pyrula

      read the link :) and you’ll see that win xp is supported (32bit only)

      • T.I.M

        @pyrula
        yes the 64 bits version will not work for XP, I really need to update my PC.

        • Jc

          I’m running xp pro 64bit and downloaded it last nite. Was the only way I could convert my files. Works fine , 4 gigs ram quad processor.

  • http://istudio.isaacalonzo.com makatron

    they should quit releasing 2.x updates and just bring an entire new Capture NX 3 already!

    seriously…

    • Jonathan

      This article is about ViewNX, not capture. Other than that, yes, you’re right.

      • Dweeb

        Yeah what’s with Nikon’s (and Canon’s) screwy naming? If Capture was a car it would be called the Beater. New cameras, ancient software. Happy with my Lightroom.

        • http://istudio.isaacalonzo.com makatron

          but remember only Capture NX is able to read 100% of the NEF file so we are pretty much stuck

          still have my hopes up for them to either release a new CNX or open the source code for other software to read the NEF files properly

    • Don Pope

      I get the feeling that Capture NX is dead.
      This software is nearly five years old.
      If a new version didn’t come out with the D4 and the D800 it never will.

      • http://www.detgyldnesnit.dk dgs

        But then they just released a 64 bit version…

  • Joe

    View NX 2.3.1 64 bit is buggy. It can’t display TIF files properly; it hangs!. This problem started from ViewNX 2.3.0. The earlier versions 2.2.5 and older could display TIF files.

    • http://www.rogervaughan.com Roger

      I’ve found it can stop displaying jpg’s forcing me to do a re-install.

  • hq

    Does anybody actually use View NX?!!

    • Land

      Only for organizing, thats it. That’s all it’s good for anyway.

    • http://slrlounge.com Matthew Saville

      Yep, I use and LOVE View NX for culling high volumes of Nikon NEF (or ANY JPG) file. It’s like Photomechanic, only a much better interface, far more intuitive and useful.

      The question is, if you shoot high volumes of images, …how do YOU cull? Wait ~4 hrs for Lightroom to generate 1:1 previews for every single one of 3-4K images? No thank you. With View NX, I can be culling with instant 1:1 previews just seconds after I finish download & backup. No importing, no preview rendering, and no huge cache consumption. I *LOVE* View NX…

      It often hangs just once for a few seconds right when I turn the program on, but now with the 64 bit version if purrs like a kitten the rest of the time.

      Again, if you shoot high volumes, like as a wedding or other professional event / portrait photographer, I can’t speak highly enough of View NX.

      =Matt=

      • Mark J.

        4 hours for lightroom to generate previews for 3-4k images? You must be using one slow computer. A task like that only takes about 10minutes on my rig running Lighroom 3.

        • http://slrlounge.com Matthew Saville

          I highly doubt we’re talking about the same thing. 1:1 previews, not standard, for 10-20 megapixel RAW files. I’ve done benchmark testing on multiple machines in both LR3 and LR4; the machines are all running SSD’s or Velociraptors, 8-16 GB RAM, i7 cores, etc. If your computer can generate 1:1 previews in less than 3 seconds per image, let me know.

          =Matt=

      • http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com Ron Scubadiver

        You shoot 3,000 to 4,000 images at once? Perhaps you should switch to video. I don’t know how anyone can manage that volume effectively.

        • http://slrlounge.com Matthew Saville

          Ron- you have not shot a wedding with 2-3 photographers, then. ~3K images is considered “light” by most standards today, the JPG wedding shooters blast to 5-8K, and so do some RAW shooters even which I think is downright insane but whatever floats their boat.

          So anyways. Our studio shoots 3-4 K RAW images per wedding, culls to about 1K, and does 100+ weddings per year. We also shoot video, but of course you were joking when you suggested that.

          The workflow is quite manageable actually…

          :-)

          =Matt=

      • http://www.christophmalin.com Chris Malin

        I do understand you. On a weekend shooting a product catalogue (sportswear company for example) you can easily shoot 3 to 4K images. I use ViewNX a lot to get a first & fast overview over work progress. Later I import into Aperture or Lightroom, and – true for OSX – LR is very slow on importing a huge amount of NEF files. takes a while on a 17″ 2,3 GHZ i7 MBP and also on a fast current i7 iMac. But that’s because LR is badly ported to OSX.

    • jodjac

      I’ve tried and tried, I want to use it, but it’s too unstable on my system (OS X) and its soooooo slow. It hangs and hangs an hangs when reading from a card, then a often as not it just crashes.
      I’m embarrassed for Nikon. I don’t know how they can let that go like that. What a useless POS.
      Good Lord, I love my D800!
      Is this really the same company that makes these two products? Hard to believe.

      • Jack

        jodjac, give windows a chance and VNX will never hsng and hang and hang :)

        • jodjac

          Why does it take so long to generate thumbnails when I point View NX to a card? That is my main issue. So, if I want to ‘cull’ from a card and point images to different folders, I have to wait too long for the previews to show. Tiny little thumbnails.
          That and stability. The last time I used it, it just kept crashing. It crashes at least one time very time I open it.

          • FCHW

            it’s not your Mac mate

            get Aperture 3 via App Store and manage your files (pics & vids)
            like Chase Jarvis does
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-6EQo6it7Y&list=UUp8mr0kjVyVAmvexLDqB60A&index=51&feature=plcp

            • http://slrlounge.com Matthew Saville

              Thanks for the spam…

          • http://slrlounge.com Matthew Saville

            jodjac, do yourself a favor and download your memory cards manually. I’ve never, EVER met a program that was better at downloading that plain ‘ol Explorer / Finder.

            I only ever use View NX for culling and light correcting / exporting, and I love it.

            I’ve been downloading my images “manually” in Explorer / Finder since the D70 came out, (yes, I own both a PC and a Mac) …and I’ve never had a problem. (Whereas Bridge, View NX, Aperture and Lightroom have ALL generated issues here and there in the past…)

            Good luck!
            =Matt=

            • FCHW

              “thanks for the spam”

              you totally misunderstood it!!!
              jodjac had some issues with mac + NX
              i wanted to help
              some are talking about how they love lightroom, you how you love your NX and i was talking about aperture.
              no spam at all !
              btw – i think the chase vid is very informative

            • http://slrlounge.com Matthew Saville

              Informative, but still posted multiple times in the same thread, with identical text.

              ;-)

    • D400

      Me

  • Adrian

    Sorry but my experience with this piece of *rap is horrible and I’m not trying it again. Crashes, slow, displaying other folders, almost junk. I use imac, i7, ssd, 16Gb RAM. It has some good parts but they do not cover the bad ones.

    No wonder they are doing so many updates…

    By the way.. I love Nikon, lens, cameras but not the software! :)

  • Brian

    Do you think you could list the US download links for software as well, since I’m knot really interested in the EU’s links.

  • http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com Ron Scubadiver

    It still needs rudimentary spot removal to be on a par with Canon’s free raw converter.

  • Disiderio

    BEWARE! my viewnx screwed the permissions on a photo I was working on, locking me from accessing the file until I restarted my computer. If you are using this program, back everything up beforehand.

  • broxibear

    A 12-24mm f/4 super wide angle zoom http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20030234985.pdf

  • T.I.M

    The D800 go crasy on Ebay $4000,00 +
    I wonder why I wakeup at 1AM to order mine on feb 7th when assholes pre-ordered tons of it to later make profit on Ebay.

    I think we should be allowed to pre-order only one at the time for the first 3 months (same name, same adress).
    :(

  • ter

    Would like to see PhotoShop Camera Raw updated to handle D4 NEF files.

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