Nikon ViewNX‑i version 1.1.0a released

Nikon released ViewNX‑i version 1.1.0a for Windows with the following changes:

  • Picture Control Utility 2 is now installed with ViewNX-i.
  • Added an Edit workspace and an Adjustments palette for retouch features similar to those in ViewNX 2.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the ViewNX-i Show Focus Point option to display the focus point in a position that differed from that shown in the D750 viewfinder focus point display.
  • Fixed an issue that caused installation of ViewNX i to fail with the message, “This action is only valid for products that are currently installed.”
  • Added support for Turkish.
  • Added support for Windows 10.

The updated ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D combo package can be downloaded here.

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  • Eric Calabros

    Hope I see one day “performance improvement” and “UX overhaul” in update list of a Nikon software, before I die. I’m 29.

    • CERO

      You will have better luck buying shares for a mortuary.

  • waiting for a the mac updated! who will join me in the club of nikon software crashed my mac ???

    • Rob

      View NX-I frequently crashes on my MAC and on a PC running Windows. My brother reports the same with his MAC. A fix would be very much appreciated.

      • only one friend crashed down?
        are you serious?
        nikon france told me that they know that mac crashed down
        but they haven’t yet any solution!
        please give me a feedback to tell nikon that this software is just not the standing of a company like nikon.
        looking forward to my D5, searching software able to deal with this…..

  • Nikos Delhanidis

    Whats the point actually now for Viiew when Capture browses files exactly as View ? Whatever View does, Capture does more or less identically, looks the same, plus edits better.

    • Andy Aungthwin

      One thing that the current version of Capture can’t do that View has always been able to do is to allow drag and drop files into say Mail. Well, at least this is the case on a Mac.

      But other than that I prefer Capture over View.

      • Nikos Delhanidis

        I don’t understand what role the View NX plays now. It was free back in the days of CNX2 which was payware and their roles were clearly differentiated. Now they are both free and both very slow. I don’t get why they are not fully merged or just completely omit View NX. Very strange.

  • d810_shooter

    both ViewNX-i and Capture-D are substantially slower than the ViewNX 2.x, the older version.

    ViewNX 2.x was actually one of the faster image browser around.

    • Spr Cmd

      I thought it was just my computer, you’re right, the old school ViewNX 2 is pretty quick.

    • doge

      i’m glad you mention this. I couldn’t figure out which was the newer software. NX 2 or NX-i. Nx2 is definitely pretty quick on all my machines. very easy to navigate around too.

  • tertius_decimus

    Asking for community’s knowledge. Long-time Capture NX2 user here who have never tried Capture NX-D. What’s your subjective view on NX-D in comparison to NX2?

    • Nikos Delhanidis

      if NX2 could open newer Nikon camera NEFs i’d stick with CNX2 for edit and View NX2 for browsing sorting and organizing. Besides some editing features of NX2 that are omitted from NX-D, both View NX-i and CNX-D are counterproductively slow taking up lot of resources from the system for no apparent reason other than poor coding. (UI of View NX2 is also better, for me). Capture NX2 was just fine. NX-D is not yet.

      • tertius_decimus

        Thanks. Seems like there’s no reason to jump ship. I’ll stick to what just works for me.

    • Capture nx2 was great (albeit bad gui) the control points were an amazing feature. Sadly google bought that technology and nx-d is a pretty shoddy piece of coding. It’s slow, pretty poor Ui and doesnt include the best part of nx2, control points. So I’d say stick with nx2 or find another software , although nxd is free to be fair

      • tertius_decimus

        Thank you.

    • Focuspuller

      No comparison.

    • nightoil

      Have been using the View NX2 / CNX2 combination since 2008. View NX2 remains an effective, fast, simple browser with a toolbar button which opens images directly in CNX2.

      I’ve never heard a coherent explanation as to exactly what caused the death of CNX2 but that was a master-blunder on someone’s part.

      Was it trolled to death? Did Nikon just lose interest? Did Google drive too hard a bargain re-licencing the control point technology when they bought Nik Software? Whatever happened, it was a tragic loss.

      That was (is) an amazing package, with its combination of losslessly-compressed, non-destructive, re-editable, side-car-less files 1/3 the size of the equivalent flattened 16-bit TIFF. And it included the amazing control points, LCH editor, super quality input NR, total access to camera-level variables etc. If Nikon had gone the other way, updated and enhanced the interface and functionality à la Viveza and continued its development, what an amazingly marketable resource they could have had on their hands.

      Nikon Support have confirmed that CNX2 works under Windows 10 so there’s no reason to stop using it for the foreseeable future, other than the inability to edit NEFs from any Nikon DSLR released after 15 Apr 2014. No problem – Nikon actually created some pretty nifty cameras pre that date. The only shame is they’ll never be able to sell me a new camera now.

      • DieMusik

        I am in exact same situation. CNX2 is the only reason I stay w/ Nikon and not upgrading beyond the D4S. I hope they come up with a solution incorporating U-Point tech. The current NXD is a disaster….

        • tertius_decimus

          I’ll go further to say I stay with Nikon for CNX2 reason only. Easiest way to edit photos, in most cases it replaces Photoshop completely (other than some sophisticated selecting/clipping). Absolutely loathe Adobe Lightroom and I’ve tried many third-party converters also.

          • DieMusik

            Yes. I only use CNX2 except that I use LTR for chroma NR and watermarking. Love the simplicity and intuitiveness of CNX2.

          • nightoil

            Yes, same. I do all the serious tonal work in CNX2 (which works internally in 16-bit, preserving the colour depth of 12- and 14-bit raw files) and then export a JPG to Photoshop Elements (which is only 8-bit) for stuff CNX2 doesn’t do like regular clone brush, straightening verticals, text etc. Never tried Lightroom. Never been tempted to leave CNX2. Produces such good output. Why would one leave?

            Great to see all the hardcore CNX2-ers coming out of the woodwork! Still plenty of us around, quietly beavering away, far from the Photoshopping crowd.

          • preston

            I guess I had the opposite reaction to Lightroom. I used CNX2 for the first year of having a nikon dslr, then I got Lightroom and installed the Nik plugin suite (now google owned) to get U-point editing. Never looked back at CNX2 after that.

      • tertius_decimus

        Very insightful response. Thanks alot.

      • Fry

        Lightroom 4 caused the death of CNX2.
        It was just worlds better than CNX2 in everything. Even shadows/highlight recovery worked a lot better than in CNX2 – which is ironic, since .NEF is Nikon’s proprietary format that Adobe has to hack/reverse-engineer it, and they were still able to produce better results than Nikon’s own software.

        Plus LR supports all camera vendors and is not limited to Nikon only, so even with 3 different camera brands you still have the same workflow. The side-car-less feature is actually a drawback, as you have to backup you files before processing them, otherwise you will never get your original OOC files back. There were even cases when the software corrupted the processed files !
        LR also works with JPEGs, CNX2 did not. Or allowed just limited adjustments and only with JPEGs from Nikon cameras.

        • tertius_decimus

          The last paragraph is not true. You can open ANY Jpeg file from ANY camera in Capture NX2, edit it (with limited functionality) and save as .NEF file.

          I do it all the time to avoid editing in Adobe Photoshop.

        • TylerChappell

          You can embed the original .NEF raw files into Adobe’s DNG format and easily extract them later using the free Adobe DNG Converter. You essentially double your file sizes, but you get the benefit of being able to work in raw, not lose the original NEF file, as well as not have to worry about sidecar files.
          Perhaps the most fool-proof workflow is to backup all NEFs, convert them to DNG, and then do your edits on those, and save as jpeg once complete.

          • Fry

            Both your workflows sounds just ridiculously annoying. And that might be one of the reasons why CNX2 is dead.
            Every normal RAW processor does not touch the actual files and stores changes in sidecar files.
            Why would anyone worry about those ???

            • DieMusik

              It’s not dead. Very much alive 🙂

            • TylerChappell

              lol, no, my workflow is both incredibly efficient and secure. Opening up a folder to find that it contains twice as many files vs actual photos because of the sidecar .xmp files is what’s actually annoying. Why work on an NEF file at all instead of a DNG when the adjustments you make are stored in the DNG file itself, and it takes only 1 click to get all the parameters back to 0/defaults. On an NEF file, you lose your adjustments if you lose or accidentally delete the .xmp file.
              Converting to DNG while embedding the original .NEF is the best way to go when you have plenty of hard drive space. Period. It’s only a problem if you have a slow, crappy computer with a weak processor and a meager amount of RAM, in which case you should upgrade.
              It only takes me a few of minutes to convert hundreds of NEFs to DNG, then open several dozen to a couple hundred of those DNG files inside Photoshop at once and make all my adjustments. When done, I save them as the highest quality jpegs for client delivery.
              No photographer who can afford to spend thousands on cameras and lenses, should be editing their photos on a computer with less than 8-16GB of RAM at the minimum, and either a quad, hexa or 8-core AMD processor (FX series, or A10/A8-7600 on the low-end) or a quad-core 3rd generation or better i5 or i7, preferably with a dedicated GPU as well, something like a Radeon 6800 series or newer or a GeForce 600 series or newer.
              You can build a fairly powerful computer for Photoshop for as little as $600. $1,200+ will give you a beastly enough computer to be crunching 20, 24, 36, and 50 megapixel images for years.

            • Fry

              You workflow still sounds extremely annoying and you’re storing twice as much amount of data as necessary.

              And on a side note – no computer is fast enough for CNX2, even my $2500 gaming PC is sluggish when working with Nikon software.

        • nightoil

          Not having used Lightroom 4, unfortunately I can’t comment on it.

          Having used CNX1 and CNX2 since 2008, I’ve never had a single NEF corrupted in either. Yes, I back everything up including original OOC files as insurance against drive failures etc.

          I’d be really interested to hear the details of your files corrupted by CNX2. What period was this? Was it since CNX2 was updated to run in 64-bit (2011 – version 2.3.0)?

          Clicking on “Original” in the “Last Saved” tab always reverts to the original OOC file, without corruption.

          You’re mistaken. You CAN open any JPG or TIFF in CNX2, regardless of where it originated, and then save it as a NEF (or back to JPG/TIFF). The difference then from an OOC NEF is you get no Camera Settings in the “Develop” section (obviously).

          You do get the Quick Fix section (but with Exposure Compensation greyed out) and Lens Corrections section (Auto Lateral Color Aberration, Axial Color Aberration, Auto Red-Eye and Vignette Control).

          The really useful things you get editing OOC NEFs in CNX2, which I don’t think you get in Lightroom, are in the Camera Settings section:

          Total access to all in-camera Picture Controls settings, including detailed sub-settings.

          The ability to adjust or turn off in-camera NR settings (including the certain amount of quick High ISO NR which Nikon cameras automatically set above ISO 1600, whether or not High ISO NR is set to OFF).

          The ability to replace altogether any in-camera NR settings with the much more effective and subtle, 4-parameter “Better Quality 2013” NR.

          The ability to reset in-camera Active D-Lighting settings (other than actual exposure adjustments).

          You get all this plus control point, LCH and all other edits (and unlimited revertible earlier versions) saved in one extremely space-efficient losslessly-compressed NEF format (and no stray sidecar files).

          • Fry

            The file corruption happened around the time when Nikon Transfer corrupted files as well – which was my only luck, as some guy came up with a small utility to fix those files:


            I never used Nikon Transfer. CNX2 corrupted a couple of my files even without it. I could not even open those files in either CNX2 or VNX, or any other software before applying this fix, so I could not revert them to original versions.

            That’s when I dumped CNX2.

            As for your other points:
            1. you don’t get Picture Controls, you get a much more detailed list of settings that you can apply to the image. If you just want the profiles, there are similar profiles (neutral, standard, vivid etc) available in LR too
            2. NR – every software can do Noise reduction and with LR you have more actual control over how NR is applied
            3. You do have distortion correction with all the lens profiles available, same goes for vignetting, chromatic abberation etc.

            All in all, Lightroom does pretty much everything, only better.
            You don’t need Active D-Lighting when LR can pull out twice as many details from the shadows and highlights as CNX2.

            • nightoil

              Very sorry to hear you got file corruption. That really is soul-destroying since you can’t really detect where or at what level the problem is occurring. You don’t say the date or year when it happened. What system are we talking here? Mac or PC? (I’m working in PC.)

              I’ll look at that link you give. Might come in useful if the same fate ever befalls me.

              I suppose questions of user interface and IQ ultimately come down to taste and also familiarity with whatever environment you’re working in.

              I like the ability in CNX2 to use control points to apply NR or USM (or any adjustment for that matter) just to very specific areas or colour structures.

              One small thing I still think Lightroom maybe doesn’t give you control over: High ISO NR. When the camera applies this (which they all do to a certain extent above ISO 1600 even with High ISO NR turned off), it actually detracts from the camera’s innate high ISO capabilities. Being able to read in CNX2 the exact amount being applied, and actually turn it off, lets you see the fig leaf Nikon is using to smear over the camera’s high ISO deficiencies. And with it turned off, you can then apply much better, more controllable NR and really make the camera shine.

              Anyway, good to hear your take!

  • DieMusik

    Yes! Absolutely love Schubert! Thanks for the music.

  • Chris Daigle

    I downloaded the new version, tried it, and reverted back to the older View NX2. I didn’t like the interface much. NX2 does pretty much everything I need it to do.

  • Focuspuller

    As a former CNX2 user I understand the loyalty of many NIKON users to that application. However, you are living on borrowed time. At some point a new operating system or camera will break CNX2 and the longer you continue using it, the bigger pain you will ultimately be faced with. Do you really want to maintain aging hardware/software for the sole purpose of running CNX2 and having access to your library of CNX2-adjusted files?

  • TylerChappell

    These versions of ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D were available at least as early as January 20th when I first downloaded them.

  • most of all didn’t understand, we don’t want lightroom, we don’t want photoshop, we just want to arrange some shots in a simple way with our pre-sets on our nikons, we don’t want to creat a catalogue, we want to see the pictures, make some little arrangements ( if you need more: your pictures aren’t good) and finished !! without the breakdown of your mac!!!
    just to finish: i loved the u-points…

  • only one friend crashed down?
    are you serious?
    nikon france told me that they know that mac crashed down
    but they haven’t yet any solution!
    please give me a feedback to tell nikon that this software is just not the standing of a company like nikon.
    looking forward to my D5, searching software able to deal with this…..

    • KlaxonsFive

      I had some discussions with Nikon France about the recurrent crashes and incredible slowness of ViewNX-i when used on an iMac (3,2 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 Go Ram).
      Their answer is that NX-i is not compatible with El Capitan (they don’t know when -or only if- the software will be compatible with OSX.10) and also that the big files size of the D810NEF may be a reason of the slowness …
      These problems are affecting ViewNX-i from the beginning, whatever was the OSX version… It’s strange that almost 6 monthes after the release of El Capitan, there is still no compatibility.
      Would we suspect a delibarate strategy ?
      About the size of the files, I found the answer a little bit short (not to say ridiculous). I never experienced such slowness and crashes with ViewNX2, even whith D810 (or 800E) files even in greater number.
      So we are facing a situation where Nikon is now proposing simultaneously cameras generating larger and larger files and softwares with declining performances !
      This is amazing but that is the fact.
      Now, I use ViewNX-i only for transfering the files from the camera and then bowsing into the files with DxO Optics (no crash and much more faster) before processing them.

  • What’s up with Nikon? they should be working in a new version of Capture Nxd (2 with u point included and making it faster) not recycling that View… wich I think it was hateful when I used it, just very slow to view something. Anyway I love Nikon software as they have the Original Nef recipe the files had something textures and colors wich are lost in Lightroom so I never use Lightroom just to finish changes in a final TIF file. Capture NXD is very interesenting and useful, just we miss seleccions and just a litle faster please to keep us in the road!

  • Dewet

    I installed viewnx i earlier and used it. Suddenly it stopped workin. I uninstalled it, downloaded viewnx i again and it installed. Now when i click on the desktop icon it does not open. Can someone please help me.

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