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Surprise: new Nikon Capture NX-D RAW processing software announced

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With the D4s and the two Quick Draw straps, Nikon also announced a new RAW image processing and adjustment software called Capture NX-D. You can download a beta version on this website. The manual is also available. More information can be found here. Attached is the full press release and system requirements:

Nikon Releases New RAW Image Processing and Adjustment Software, Capture NX-D

MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that a beta version of Capture NX-D will be available free of charge beginning today. Capture NX-D is new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras.

Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 application. RAW images (NEF or NRW file extension) captured with Nikon D-SLR cameras, Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, and Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras can be loaded into the application for processing and adjustment of images. In addition to RAW images, the application can also be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files.

During the period that Capture NX-D is available as a beta version, Nikon will invite users to try the software, and will collect feedback about the user experience and the application from those using it. Nikon will then use this feedback to improve the application prior to its official release.

The new software will support many functions needed by professional photographers, including batch image processing, filtering and an enhanced user interface with a variety of displays and floating palettes that are ideal for multiple monitors. Additionally, photographers will also have the ability to adjust parameters including exposure and white balance in RAW files, and can adjust tone curves, brightness, and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral color aberration and vignetting in JPEG and TIFF files. The software also features a new “sidecar” format, which retains and saves the adjusted image as a separate file.

Nikon will continue to update and provide support for the current Capture NX 2 application while the beta version of Capture NX-D is available. Once the official version of Capture NX-D is released, Capture NX 2 will no longer be supported with updates.

Nikon Capture NX-D primary features

  1. Adjustment functions specialized for RAW processing, just as they were with the Capture NX seriesThe application includes functions for adjusting aspects of RAW images captured with a Nikon digital camera (NEF or NRW file extension) that can be adjusted even after images are captured, including white balance and exposure compensation. Smooth adjustment of images is possible immediately after they are transferred to computers.
    Picture Control, Nikon's exclusive function for specifying imaging characteristics, is also supported.
  2. Support for simple adjustment of JPEG and TIFF imagesIn addition to processing and adjustment of RAW images, the application offers the same functions available with Capture NX 2 for adjustment aspects such as tone curves, brightness, and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral color aberration caused by lenses, in JPEG and TIFF images.
  3. Floating palettes that are easy to use with multiple screensWhen two or more monitors are used, the image display area can be expanded by moving individual floating palettes for each adjustment function. Convenience has been increased with the ability to combine two or more floating palettes, which can then be moved together.
  4. A variety of displays, including comparisons of multiple images and adjustment before-and-after imagesDisplay of the application window can be adjusted for greater convenience. Thumbnail display, filmstrip display, single-image display, and full-screen display are possible. When filmstrip display is selected, thumbnails can be positioned at the top, bottom, left, or right of the image area. In addition, displays for comparing images, whether multiple image files, or a comparison of a single image before and after adjustments are applied, are available. When comparing images, enlargement of a portion of one image automatically enlarges the same portion of the other image, making the application of adjustments with simultaneous viewing of the primary subject simpler.
  5. Adoption of a sidecar format that saves original data as non-destructive filesUnlike the format previously used to save images to which adjustments have been applied, a sidecar format, which saves adjustment data as a separate file, has been adopted.
    Saving original data as non-destructive files allows users to start over with the adjustment of RAW images in their original, post-capture state, without undoing previous adjustments.
  6. Other functionsFiltering functions have been built into the application, allowing users to easily find the images they are looking for by filtering them according to criteria such as camera name or lens focal length based on tag data. In addition, batch processing can be used to simplify the troublesome process of applying adjustments to multiple images, and images can be transferred to another application in 16-bit TIFF format after RAW processing.

Capture NX-D System Requirements (Beta Version)

Windows

OS:                          32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7, 64-bit version of Windows 8.1

Processor:             Pentium-compatible CPU (Core i5 or better recommended)

RAM (memory):    2 GB or more (4 GB or more recommended)

Hard-disk space:  800 MB or more required for installation (2 GB or more recommended)

Screen resolution:            1280 × 768 pixels or more

Other:                      As the beta version is available only via download, an Internet connection is required 

Macintosh

OS:                          64-bit versions of OS X version 10.8 and 10.9

Processor:             Core 2 Duo or better CPU (Core i5 or better recommended)

RAM (memory):    4 GB or more

Hard-disk space:  800 MB or more required for installation (2 GB or more recommended)

Screen resolution:            1280 × 768 pixels or more

Other:                      As the beta version is available only via download, an Internet connection is required

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  • BluePlanet

    niiice

    • Landa

      YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      • Masa

        no selection, no control points, no channels… goodbye nikon raw

  • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

    Downloading now. I hope it’s better than Nikon’s past performance would suggest.

  • Ric

    HOLY CHIT! I got wood!!!!!!
    Now will we see google add a color FX version

    • Ric

      Wha? Control Points are gone?
      Lame

      • itznfb

        What do you mean gone? This isn’t replacing Capture NX2. It’s a slimmed down Capture NX2 that’s offered for free. Control points haven’t been removed from the full version of Capture NX2.
        DX isn’t the rumored Capture NX3. We’ve seen that and it’s just like Capture NX2 with an updated UI.

        • Roelof

          On http://nikon.com/news/2014/0225_soft_02.htm
          it says: “Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 application” …

        • Jason Odell

          Capture NX2 will be officially discontinued once Capture NX-D goes on sale, probably this summer.

      • a4

        Uh, huh. NX2’s RAW processing through Control Points is the last thing keeping me tied to Nikon system. Once this is gone, [I AM | GONE TOO...]

    • Ric

      meh, No Control Points. No sale Nikon.
      what a tease

      • Anónimo

        No masks, no local adjustments even without control points.
        Nikon went from a Pro DSLR to a Point and Shot, software wise speaking…. no matter how good their new “small sensor” can be…

        • electricsheep

          I’m guessing few enough pros used NX as it was, so NX-D is clearly geared towards being a cataloging software with very basic RAW conversion. As a free software, it might have its uses for both pro cataloging and as “baby’s first raw converter” for new users.

      • m35g35

        Don’t forget it is beta. Anything can change between now and the final release.

        • Jason Odell

          read the FAQ page

          • m35g35

            I did. What is your point?

  • http://tech.t9i.in/ Tahir Hashmi

    From the FAQ

    Q Do you plan to include U Point functions (for portional editing) later?

    A No, we do not plan to include these functions.

    Then,

    Q Can JPEG or TIFF files be saved in NEF format?

    A No.

    Elsewhere, about Capture NX2 availability:

    We will no longer update Capture NX 2 after the official version of this software is released.

    They’re basically trying to create a Lightroom replica, and in the process killing all the key differentiators. RIP Capture NX2. You will be missed.

    • testing

      This is a citation

      This is a block of quote

      And this is a caption

      Hmm, lemmesee how it turns out

      • testing

        Oh, so blockquote it is…

  • oregano

    Where’s the local adjustments? This appears to be CNX2 with all the NIK plugins and scripting removed, but with all editing commands stored in a sidecar. This certainly won’t bring users back from Lightroom, or even CNX2…it responds quickly, but it doesn’t appear to be doing much. Seems like a rushed beta release.

    • FredBear

      Hopefully Nik will come to the party and add plugins to this version.

      • Anónimo

        NIK is there no more after Google bought the applications and one of the reasons NX2 didn’t get a revision was because they couldn’t use NIK’s solutions.

        • FredBear

          I have the Nik suite and I think you’re right. Would be nice if Nikon allow one to open the Nik Software directly from NX-D. I’m going to suggest this to Nikon anyway.

  • Josh

    I guess I’m sticking with my NX2 until the bitter end. U point control is what made NX2 different. The new software is fast, but my entire workflow just went out the window.

    • http://tech.t9i.in/ Tahir Hashmi

      I’m sticking with my NX2 until the bitter end

      Which is basically the point at which you buy a new Nikon body, because at that point Capture NX2 surely won’t be able to convert your RAW files. If NX-D remains perpetually free of cost, it’s still possible (though horribly cumbersome) to convert with NX-D and edit in NX2.

      As you rightly said, there goes the workflow, right out the window.

      • Josh

        I have a D800. I might have to use it forever. :)

      • FredBear

        The Beta is free – not sure whether the final release will be though.

        • Cyrille Berger

          “Therefore, we have developed a new software application [..], and will be available free of charge” (http://www.nikon.com/news/2014/0225_soft_02.htm)

          Seems like it will stay free.

          • FredBear

            That’s for the Beta version (on which the article is based). The beta has an expiry date of September.
            Note also that support ends for NX when the official version of ‘D’ arrives.
            View NX (free) will continue it seems – plus one needs (?) Nikon Transfer that’s in NX and not included in ‘D’. Maybe they’ll add it afterwards.

            The ‘D’ version is similar to NX-2 but without ‘U point’.

            I would love the final version to be free but I doubt it. I think Nikon are playing with semantics.

            • Eric Bowles

              This product is a lot closer to replacing View NX2 than Capture NX2. View is free – and NX-D should be free. Capture has simply been discontinued. I’m not planning to sit around waiting to see what happens. This is going to drive me to Lightroom.

            • JimP

              This will drive me to Lightroom and Canon Eric.

          • lefantome

            Sure such a lame software with few more functions than ViewNX can only be offered free.

    • peterw

      indeed,

      very, very, very, very disappointing.
      I guess I’ll soon have to pick up my skills in adobe software again.

      The good news might be that the nefs will be smaller again.

      Which would you advice for the future? Aperture or Lightroom?

      • neversink

        Lightroom has more advanced functions. Sharpening and noise reduction is better in LR. So many photos now use LR Also LR5 has advanced tools for dogging and burning and manipulating specific areas of an image. So does Capture One Pro 7

        Aperture works faster but doesn’t have lens correction, which LR has. (I am waiting for Apple to upgrade Aperture, but it seems they have abandoned their professional photography software and clientele.)

        Capture One Pro looks great and does wonders with RAW files, but I find it is slow and freezes a lot and the workflow can be cumbersome, although you can change your workflow around.

        Both Ap and LR can export to NIK software. I don’t think Capture One can. All three can export to PS, if needed. These days, I try to stay away from PS.

        Those are just some of the differences. The other third-party software like Dx0 I personally don’t care for at all.

        • peterw

          thanks both

        • yimi

          Capture nx2 or viewnx are the only and the only software around the world that reveals NEF files: GOOD. The other softwares just steal the Nikon magic. Just compare and you’ll see…I will miss
          Capture nx2 i just wanted an uptade but this is an downdate :S

      • Aeroengineer

        Neversink makes good points. We used Aperture for years, but recently switched to Lightroom because it is clearly superior for editing. However, Aperture has a better interface for image storage/retrieval, and it is easier to use with social network sights and email. If we live long enough to see Aperture 4, we will take a close look to see if it has closed the “editing gap.” We are not pros, and hence workflow efficiency is not high on our priority list, so I can’t comment from that perspective.

    • albin

      No Control Points makes it just a conversion tool.. NX2 to the bitter end indeed.
      A sad announcement.. :'(

  • aim54x

    what? No U-point….sidecar file….*flips table*

  • Scott M.

    Funny. Just downloaded the Capture N2 trial version hours ago. Glad I did not buy it. i will ahve to try this for sure

  • whisky

    quickly looking through the manual: no control points; still no layers; minimum requirements suggest CPU intensive. seems to me like a step backwards.

  • Timo

    Without Nik features we are back to Capture 4 features what comes to image editing. Without control points, edit steps and masks I will have no use for this. It might be free in the future like DPP/Silkypix etc. At least I can’t imagine anyone paying for this.

  • Fred

    I have been using Capture NX and then Capture NX 2 since about 06 and have nothing but good words for the latest versions.

    This NX-D is purely a crappy replacement for View NX 2 IMHO and is totally useless to me.

    • city are a joke

      … yeah … but for the CONVERGING VERTICALS SOLUTIONS missing completely … & no1 knows WHY (in 2014 to write the least!)

  • Aaron Shepard

    Wow! LCH editing! You won’t find that in Lightroom! For a 1.0 Beta, this looks amazing. This is bigger news than the D4s!

    I can see doing all basic processing in an app like this, then exporting to TIFF to fine tune in Photoshop or Camera Raw.

    • d800e_shooter

      That’s precisely what many people have been doing with ViewNX for years. export to TIFF and edit in PS.

  • torbo

    DNG export would be fine, otherwise i see no reason to use it.

  • Mark

    It’s instantly crashing on my MacBook Pro. Anyone else successfully run it on Mac OS X? Looks like a key problem, during install I never saw a question about key – “*** Terminating app due to uncaught exception ‘NSInvalidArgumentException’, reason: ‘*** setObjectForKey: key cannot be nil’
    terminating with uncaught exception of type NSException
    abort() called”

    • Kelly

      It’s working fine for me on the latest Mavericks with a Macbook Pro 13″

  • rt-photography

    Speak of the devil. Bravo nikon. This will lure a lot of LR users or those considering LR. About time the delivered some better than that prehistoric nx they have. I salute you nikon

    I also love that they released a beta and ask feedback from users. This is big. I cant wait. It was long overdue.

    • Spy Black

      You haven’t read the above user reports I see.

      • rt-photography

        Its in beta buddy. Wait. They will fix it all. Give it time. They didnt make the software to half ass it. But then again the crappy qc recently says otherwise.
        I think it will be a huge improvement. Have some faith spy. :)

        • Spy Black

          Well the major complaints are removal of features that are desirable by the end-users. That’s a bid deal for them. I don’t use this software so it’s all moot for me.

          • rt-photography

            Yea i understand. But nothing is finalized and i do believe they will fix those issues or give a comparable sokution. They obviously cared to make it and want it to succeed. Many people here are too quick to react. But i think they want this to succeed and they see LR is stealing their sales and want some of those nikon users back. Have faith. Let people use it, give their feedbacks. I think they want to give people what they want.

            • neversink

              I don’t believe they will fix those issues. Why not leave them in the new software then. I never heard of any other company releasing a beta version of their software with less features than the previous version.

            • John

              How about FCP X?

            • Spy Black

              You mean “iMovie Pro”?…

            • John

              Yes it is, but still improved during first year.

              (I prefer Premiere Pro but FCP X did get better)

            • rt-photography

              Im optimistic, either that, or theyre throwing away money in making this. I think they will because of pressure. everyone has pretty much hunkered down with what they like to edit with and it needs to be really good for someone to move to this. im not investing money if I can get what I need from LR or acdc pro7. yes, ACDC.

            • lefantome

              I think Nikon is quite stubborn against pressure even from the customers. As for the U point, Nik Software was acquired by Google and so was the U point patents, so maybe it’s just Google won’t let Nikon use those patents any more…

            • Spy Black

              Well, to quote another post here:

              From the FAQ
              Q Do you plan to include U Point functions (for portional editing) later?
              A No, we do not plan to include these functions.

              Then,
              Q Can JPEG or TIFF files be saved in NEF format?
              A No.

              Elsewhere, about Capture NX2 availability:

              We will no longer update Capture NX 2 after the official version of this software is released.

              Like I said, I don’t use this app, but to those who do, these features are important, and they’re taking them out.

            • rt-photography

              Yea, saw that. if they want the app to succeed they will have to give what people want. WTF say “we want your feedback” and then say :”eh, well do what we want” otherwise all the money they put into it wont bring them sales. it has to have what LR users want so it can be tempting for them to come, but if its a half assed job then best not start. they would be quite stupid if they didnt add features (or alternative solutions) people wanted. capture NX just isnt relevant today imo. those who use it are the ones who bought it years back and just upgrad when they released a little tweak. sure, I can use cs2 that I have but there are much useful features in cs6 that I use now. more efficient programming, raw suport for newer camera, better algorithm. if they want people to consider them over LR then they have to deliver.

            • Spy Black

              Personally I prefer using Capture One Pro over LR. LR strikes me more as a “me-too” app, a knee-jerk reaction to Aperture. LR5 is a knee-jerk reaction to Capture One Pro.

              It has a lot of good features like noise reduction customized on a per-camera-body basis. One blatantly missing feature in LR is levels control, which I use a lot. Certainly more expensive that LR, but better thought out.

            • lefantome

              Nikon has officially confirmed that the CNX-D will not have the U points and when CNX-D comes official the older CNX 2.0 will be discontinued.

              As an old Nikon user I’ve been having so much faith but in recent years the company has been disappointing me again and again, both in products, services and marketing strategies. Now I wonder if they do care the users.

        • Vid

          You obviously don’t know what “beta” means… Beta software is feature complete but needs validation and QA. SO, if U-points aren’t there, they won’t be there.

          • rt-photography

            I know full well what beta is, thanks for your concern.

    • Capture nx 2

      They should have asked for feedback BEFORE they started the beta. Maybe get Jason Odell involved. This is a real step backwards for nikon. A raw format with proprietary information and abandoning a segment of their customers,

      I am thinking I bought my last nikon product

      • Jason Odell

        Nikon never listened to my suggestions before, but I appreciate the thought!

        • AlphaTed

          Any initial thoughts on NX-D Jason?

          • Jason Odell

            I posted this review just a few minutes ago.
            http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/?p=3766

            • AlphaTed

              Thanks Jason!

            • Capture nx 2

              i agree with that review. A terrible product. Shame Nikon doesn’t listen to anyone.

    • yimi

      If LR would process the NEF files as goof as it should be, nobody would care Nikon software, but it looks like only Nikon have the perfect recipe to reveal perfectly NEF files…LR and pals make and horrible work revealing NEF files.

      • rt-photography

        Yes, I agree with you.it really is the only one that keeps the colors accurate and how it looks in the camera is how it comes out. with adobe you have to work harder to get it how it is in the camera.

  • Spy Black

    If enough of you end-users make a stink about the loss of the main features that attract you to the app, they may decide to put them back in.

    If they don’t, there’s always a class-action lawsuit…

    • Cyrille Berger

      Class-action lawsuit… Has Nikon promised eternal support for Caputre NX 2 ? Have they promised that a replacement of Capture NX 2 will have all its features ? I doubt it. Meaning, there is no ground for a lawsuit. And no, you cannot sue a company for releasing a product you do not like.

      • NicNikon

        ..but we may be able to make them maintaining NX2. IF the new product NX-D is the successor of NX2 they need to keep NX2 promises – if not we might be able sue
        them successfully. If it is a separate new product and not the successor of NX2, they must maintain NX2…..

        But anyway the hope that Nikon will ever come with a reasonable solution is OVER.

        The best we can hope for is a better support for LR.

        • nwcs

          Uh, no, that’s not how software and lawsuits work.

      • Spy Black

        It was a joke…

  • Dawe

    Linux version? :(

  • liuels

    nik software is now under google. It seems that the previous contract between nikon and nik ended, and google refused to renew the contract. thus we have this nx-d

    • Jason Odell

      Nikon did not want to work with Nik. I’ll leave it at that.

  • Moretto

    Won’t even install in WINE on Linux! Booooh!

  • Dawe

    WINE is not my first choice :D Native linux version will be perfect :)

    • Cyrille Berger

      When I read the announcement saying “free software”, I thought it would be open source, and then I remember that we were talking about Nikon.

      • neversink

        And why should Nikon release an open source software? So people can steal the proprietary NEF algorithms that set Nikon apart from Canon and other companies. Why would they do that. I just wish they would put out competent software or hire real programmers.

  • Capture NX 2 Forever

    Very disappointing. Removed about half the things I use capture NX 2 for; High pass filter, resizing, specifying crop size, u point, double threshold histogram, healing tool. Silly gray point cursor. Slower than view nx 2 for looking through images.

  • stesk

    What about View NX2? Use this instead and convert the files to TIF and use other software. However it’s sad that Nikon will give up U-Points. Nikon got the best software of all the manufactures and now it seems back to 0.

  • phil

    A dumbed down version of CNX2 complements the Df just fine.

  • Carlos

    can’t see this as that much of an improvement (or “new software”) as that Nikon could charge again! Still I bet they will. That’s the point when I’ll go away from Nikon Software, finally. It’s buggy, old, and bad UI already enough.

  • stesk

    My feedback to Nikon;

    Open with function don’t work. I have registered Lightroom 5.3 and clicking on images -> open with -> lightroom – nothing happen.

    This is back to 0. I have been a NX2 user since it came out. This seems a little worse than Fuji, Canon and Sony software – IT’S USELESS – EXCEPT CONVERTING THE FILES and use another software.

    Why can’t you continue to update the NX2 with new camera info.

    I now have to use this software in the future to convert my files to TIF and open them with NX2 or Lightroom.

    I can have my doubt about the future of Nikon if this is the future. It seems Googles Picasa is better.

  • Gary

    No Control Points means a “No thanks” from me.
    BTW – I’ve never understood the benefits of sidecar files in other apps, especially as NEF file format allows the changes to be embedded. Am I missing a trick here? Where do sidecar files add value over embedded changes, please?

    • FredBear

      Ties you in to a specific software package – like Adobe do.
      If you don’t like this then convert files to TIFF (or JPEG).

  • Klaus Schneider

    Without control points this is worthless!
    I guess I have to finally learn Elements now. Bye Nikon!

  • stawarz

    Looks like they’ve rolled back to “Nikon Capture” for the number of processing tools tools. Quite a retrograde step from “Capture NX”. I guess they’ve had to simplify the development of the tool along with any licensing considerations for the U-Point technology.

  • Brad

    This is just Silkypix with a different user interface wrapper…..They cant even change teh icons to pretend it is something that at least tries to be a nicely written software….

    lame!

    I know silkypix is a japanese company but very few people like their software. Why are Nikon following companies like Fujifilm in selling this junk

    • nwcs

      Well, it’s more like SilkyPix’s interface is confusing when translated so literally (especially in English).

  • Sandy

    Have used NX2 (Capture and View) since their release. Found them essential for best images. Liked the raw conversion engine better than any other application I tried (PS, Lightroom, Bibble, ThumbsPlus). From the comments below this sounds like Nikon’s attempt to become independent of Nik Software (now Google) . And as part of that has been forced to throw away the best parts of NX 2. Side car files – not my idea of an integrated approach for keeping adjustments and original together. Wonder if the raw conversion is still best – will download and test but suspect the raw conversion engine has not changed – only the bits they had to because of the Nik/Google issues.

    • FredBear

      Image rendition is better than LR4 – colour and acuity. Haven’t compared against CNX-2 yet though.
      Sidecars are there to tie you in to the software package. They are redundant in any other software.

  • TeaBreak

    VERY BAD NEWS:
    “Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 application.” (quote from http://www.nikon.com/news/2014/0225_soft_02.htm)
    So NX2 will be dead soon. Maybe this is the consequence from Google buying NIK.

  • Vitantonio Dell’Orto

    This is Silkypix. GUI is the same A to Z. I hope for Nikon users they licensed Silky, as its RAW engine is wonderful for colors and tones; but awful for resolution, though. Otherwise it is just plagiarism.

    • FredBear

      I guess when the Nikon/Nik agreement came to an end, and now Google has acquired Nik, Nikon had to look elsewhere for software development.
      Image acuity vs. LR4 is also better than LR4 – as are the colours as you’ve stated.
      If they can sort out the interface a bit and interface with Nik Software products I’ll be more than happy.

      • Jason Odell

        Nikon wanted to do everything in-house. It has nothing to do with Google, IMO.

        • FredBear

          Doesn’t seem that they got their wish however as rumour has it that the software is from Silypix. I think Silypix is a Japanese company? So perhaps they wanted a development team ‘closer to hand’.
          I’m waiting to see what the final version pans out to be before I’ll make a final judgement. Hopefully they add some more of the CNX-2 facilities to the software but I’m not holding my breath.
          However the interface is better than the CNX-2 version anyway – in my opinion.

  • http://www.flickr.com/snadyau snadyau

    Download/installation went quickly and smoothly. Shortly after starting to use it became obvious this is NOT a Capture NX-2 replacement (well not in terms of functionality) Rather it is a most unsatisfying mish mash of View NX and Capture NX sans control points. Wonder if because Nik Software technology is no longer available to Nikon. Sad if so. What it does do, it does quickly (even on my limited windows 7 32 bit dual processor system with 4 gig ram). But the fonts for file labels are HORRIBLE, the interface clunky, and the operation not at all intuitive (for example “File Save AS” menu option replaced by a File Conversion tool).

    Long way from what was hoping for and possibly not what I will use long term.

  • TeaBreak

    Thank you, Google. You’ve spoiled my day.

  • Rudi

    I don’t like the UI but hey, I opened some of my latest raw files and all I can say is WOW! I had them recently in LR5 but now they look like totally different images. Suddenly they are sharp and clean with great colors without even adjusting anything.

    The image quality is just mind blowing and that’s what counts at least for me. But I have to admit that I hate using different tools in the workflow especially when there are tough deadlines to deliver.

    • FredBear

      I agree 100%.
      I had viewed images on LR4 (with standard sharpness 25) vs NX-D set flat (my picture control on photos are set to 0 OOC as standard) and the acuity and colour is way better than LR4. No contest.

  • tivoli

    What am I missing here? When I compare a NEF in LR5 and NX-D they are night and day, with NX-D’s image being light years better than LR. It also appears that when I move the image from NX-D to LR, even without doing anything to it, it retains the NX-D look which is a great starting point in LR. May then make Photo Mechanic obsolete for me. I have Nik in LR and had not been using NX-2.

    • Reilly Diefenbach

      This kind of hyperbole is endemic to any discussion of raw conversion. Your version simply has to “blow away” whichever other software is in the mix. Wild claims, but never, ever substantiated with actual pics. This is the internet, that’s for sure.

  • nwcs

    Well, I am surprised indeed. No hints of it here and we all assumed NX was dead. I might have to try it on my old Nikon files. But can it really displace Lightroom 5? Photo Ninja? etc.

  • ACon

    I have used Capture NX andNX2 for a long time and loved them both. I eventually picked up the NIK suite and LR for editing, BUT…I still use NX2 to convert my NEFs to TIFFs because I don’t like how Adobe handles the NEFs (anyone else here do the same)? So, even though this Beta NX-D may not have U-Point technology, will it be a better program for the initial NEF conversion to then take into LR and NIK suite???

    • Reilly Diefenbach

      Depending on your Nikon body, the LR5/ACR conversion leapfrogged CNX2 two versions ago and is now a cleaner, slightly more detailed conversion without recourse to two stage sharpening a la Jason Odell. Adobe’s camera profiles are excellent as well. No need to suffer through the clunky CNX2 interface these days other than maybe you like the control points, although the LR brush does all the same stuff and more.

      • mike

        “LR5/ACR conversion leapfrogged CNX2 two versions ago”

        Goog joke! :)

        • Reilly Diefenbach

          Yeah, they did leapfrog poor old CNX2, as anyone with 400% zoom capability and a test chart raw can clearly see. Like it or lump it. The CNX2 conversion for the D800e and the D7100 is an artifacted, haloed mess compared with ACR, which says clearly as could be that they spent zero time dialing in the needed settings for those AA-free cameras. CNX2 has been an orphan program for years, and is being and should be put out of its misery. I’ve owned it for years, but wish I had never spent the money.

  • Jason Odell

    Well, you get what you pay for, I guess. Nikon basically repackaged the “Develop” module of CNX2 into this product, created XMP sidecar file support, and that’s it. They’ve eliminated ALL forms of local adjustments (brushes, Control Points, gradients), and have produced their own version of DPP.

    In a world where image editing is simply one component of workflow, you need to have other quality image management tools to coexist with your editor. That was always the problem with Capture NX2, that it didn’t offer a good integrated solution for image management. Neither does this application.

  • Ennan

    As others have said without control points this software is virtually useless to me. I’m sad that by the time I get round to my next body upgrade my favourite editing software will no longer be supported. I had a feeling this was going to happen ever since Google bought up Nik but I was hoping that a deal could be hammered out between them. As they say in my part of the world – fit ah load eh fanny-baws min, ken?

  • Vactirio

    Great great great Disappointment. I hope nikon reads this.
    u-points were great. I don’t understand what Nikon is trying to do.
    Are they trying to get us to Adobe? Hate that idea….

  • fourtis

    No local adjustments, no control points. What is this for a mess !
    NX2 just needed a few improvements to reach near-perfection and they deliver …. a basic conversion tool !
    If no substantial improvment, I keep NX2 and then go to Gimp (associated with UFraw as a derawtiser) (completely free of charge !!!! ) or go to LR or PS.
    Capture ND (AS IS now) is simply a big shame for Nikon !

  • Klaus Schneider

    No D400, no decent DX lens line-up, now Capture NX 2 is gone with NO WORTHWHILE REPLACEMENT IN SIGHT! Nikon you are really pissing off your customer base. You make it easy for us to switch to a different brand!

  • thomas

    “RAW images are developed using Nikon color reproduction and can then be
    transferred to another application as TIFF (16 bit) images, enabling
    higher quality, more creative additional processing.”

    This means that you should be able to process your RAW files with NX-D and then export as TIFF and open using NIK plugins for fine tuning with Vivesa control points. All I can say is finally. Can’t way to try it. IMHO it is a great start.

    • Brad

      You have been able to export RAW files as Tiff from NX since version 1

      • thomas

        That is correct. I have been using View NX2 to export RAWS -> TIFFs for use with NIK plugins and in works but it is clunky. I am hoping that NX-D will make this workflow easier similar to how Capture NX2 + old NIK plugins worked. We are also gaining lens correction and noise reduction features that were missing in View NX2. I don’t see the need for Capture NX2 anymore especially if someone already owns NIK plugins.

    • Thom Hogan

      Or: they could have just made the raw conversion a Photoshop-compliant plug-in again and achieved the same thing.

    • Jason Odell

      You’ve always been able to do this. Nikon should have named this product View NX3.

  • whisky

    one small step backwards for nikon. one giant leap backwards for nikon-kind.

    if anyone remembers nikon scan, this looks like the beginning of the end.

    • Aeroengineer

      If you are referring to the software that controlled the nikon slide scanners, I remember it. I borrowed a 9000 from a friend. The software was probably the worst application software I have ever used. Horrible interface, unreliable, slow, peculiar. Had it been my company, I would have fired the developers.

  • tivoli

    I seriously don’t get it. Please explain. What is wrong with the ability to batch convert to jpg, move them to LR and start with the color MUCH better than LR’s original render? This would be my sole, but important, reason for using NX-D.

    • tivoli

      Of course – temporary insanity on my part. Then what is the purpose of shooting raw if it will be converted to jpg and sent to LR before enhancements? Batch converting to tiffs is prohibitive in terms of size. It needs significant editing tools.

    • Jason Odell

      You can set LR to mimic Nikon Picture Controls, and it looks just fine.

      • tivoli

        I will look into this further. Thank you.

      • JimP

        Any chance of a column on a mass conversion from Capture NX2 to Lightroom Jason? Thank goodness only about 1500 of my 50000 RAWs have been edited.

  • John

    Take a deep breath.

    This is beta. it will improve. Nikon wants feedback.

    Remember the launch of FCP X? That was not called beta but really was. It is an excellent product now.

  • John

    BTW, NX2 still works.

    • Jason Odell

      And it will be officially discontinued in a few months.

      • John

        It will still work long after that. Try the beta NX-D and provide feedback to Nikon, that is what they are asking for.

        • Jason Odell

          Here’s the problem, John. NX-D won’t read NX2 edits, and NX2 won’t read sidecars. Add to that that Nikon will not support new cameras with NX2 once NX-D goes final, and you’ve got a dead-end workflow. Unless, of course, you never plan to buy a new Nikon camera.

          • John

            I agree. I am looking at it like all my previous .NEF will open with NX-D and I go from there.

            • Jason Odell

              I started to use Lightroom in 2012 and I have zero regrets.

            • John

              I have been using Lightroom myself but recently have been using NX2 because the .NEF files are read differently and wanted to see for myself. I’m still comparing the two.

        • doctt

          While NX2 continues to work as long as you keep your camera, it may not work in future OS version.

          We got hit from all sides because of their stupid decision…..It just makes me sick

  • hornagain

    Just stunningly disappointing. No Control Point or even any other selective editing.
    Nikon has a proprietary and unshared raw file that now will have NO professional quality products able to edit them.
    Again, just stunned.

    • hornagain

      Upon further review (other than the speed) this is worse than even ViewNX2. As others have noted, Capture NX-D and NX2 don’t even recognized altered files from each other.

  • Bill Pahnelas

    HAH! Have you tried opening .NEF files directly into NIK plugins from this app yet? Surprise! it works!!!

    • Troy

      Will that allow me to use the control points I am using in NX2 with the NIK plug ins with this new version?

      • Bill Pahnelas

        i wish. playing with it further, i learned it will open in to color efex pro 4, which has NIK’s control points, the file is saved as a TIFF — it doesn’t go back into NX-D as an NEF. so my initial enthusiasm was premature. it actually sucks as bad as it looks.

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