Compatibility of Nikon software with Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion

Nikon issued a compatibility update for the various Nikon software packages with the latest Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion:

We are pleased to announce the following regarding compatibility testing of our Macintosh software product with Mac OS X version 10.8.

  • ViewNX 2 - compatibility available with Ver. 2.5.0 and later.  The latest version is available for download.

We plan to test the Macintosh versions of the following software applications for compatibility with Mac OS X version 10.8 (some older applications will not be tested).  We will announce our plans regarding full compatibility once testing is complete.

  • Capture NX 2
  • Camera Control Pro 2
  • Short Movie Creator
  • Nikon Message Center 2
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (previously WT-4 Setup Utility)
  • Thumbnail Selector
  • GP-N100 Utility
  • IPTC Preset Manager
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0

We do not intend to provide compatibility with the following applications.

  • Capture NX Ver. 1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Capture series
  • ViewNX Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver. 1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • PC-PJ Transfer

Via Photographybay

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  • Fuzz

    And what about windows 8?
    The current version of NX2 won’t install on windows 8, it does some stupid version check and decides that it’s not compatible.
    Windows 8 is only a month or so away from release and the final versions are available to download.

    • Nik2133

      Not true. I’ve installed on Windows 8 Release Preview. In fact have installed latest updates to Capture NX 2 (2.3.2). And it works very well.

      • Fuzz

        Strange, it wouldn’t work on the release preview but I’ve just tried it on the RTM and it seems fine. Only thing not working is the trial, it says the trial has expired even though this is a clean windows install.

  • elph

    It seems like every version of mac seems to require updates, or doesn’t support the program at all, like Rosetta languages.

  • Eric

    That Nikon does not support scanning software for perfectly serviceable scanners is inexcusable. No one else made scanners that could comoete. Is Nikon unaware that many pros who’ve been around the block for more that a decade have vast archived of film shot with their gear? Where is serious pro support?

    Third party scanner software companies can support Nikon scanners. But Nikon can’t?

    Some company could make a mint developing a quality 35mm scanner. Epson’s V700 and others are great, but not optimal for 35mm.

    Shoot, if Leica ever did a scanner, I’d bite the bullet.

    • D Parker

      Every time that I think about how Nikon has treated their scanner customers I get very irritated! I had to buy a used MacMini just to run an old enough OS to run Nikon Scan and even then it crashes every 20 scans or so.

      • stq66

        While it is really strange (and somewhat irritating) that Nikon does no longer support its scanners, personally I don’t mind not being able to use the NikonScan software.
        It is very limited in its functions and the results are far from what the scanners are capable of.
        And there exist two perfect replacements in the form of Silverfast and VueScan.

    • Tom

      That is true, very annoying. I still use Nikon Scan on my PC. I even have Windows Vista running on my iMac so I can use certain programs on that machine (including Nikon Scan). I also have Silverfast installed on my Macs, and it’s pretty good, but it didn’t come free with the Nikon Scanner. I only have it because it came packaged with my V700 flatbed. If you only have a Nikon Scanner and find you now can’t use Nikon Scan, Silverfast is not a cheap option.

      • stq66

        I agree with Silverfast. It is not cheap. But it is worth the money. And VueScan costs less than hundred bucks. If you can afford a scanner which costs 1000+ than this investement is feasible IMO.

        Just my 2c

    • JamesTH

      You’ll find that LaserSoft (Silverfast) does a very good job of providing support for Nikon scanners

    • Mikeb

      For scanners I have a Canon 900oF to scan my 120 and 35mm film and it works GREAT on my mac running OSX Mountain Lion, also if you dont want to upgrade scanners you can always run parallels or boot camp on your Mac and run an older version of Mac OS or Windows so you can still run your older programs.

  • Paul H.

    The old Mac mantra, “It just works!” rings a little hollow for some nowadays.

    • I use both

      Apple and Microsoft both have this issue when they update their OS. They can’t control the programming of every software maker out their.

      • zoetmb

        That’s true and I agree that the testing process belongs with the application maker. But Mountain Lion itself has major problems. And I’ve been a Mac fan since the first Mac, in 1984.

        Many users (including myself) are experiencing freezes and very short battery life since installing Mountain Lion. I had no such problems with Snow Leopard (I had skipped Lion).

        And the recent .1 release didn’t fix anything. IMO, this is inexcusable. Apple certainly has the resources to do proper testing, but they’re so damned paranoid about security, they don’t let anything out anymore to a sizable audience before release. As if no one knew that Mountain Lion was coming and what it would most likely have as enhancements.

        • JakeB

          I’ve had zero problems with Mountain Lion on an early 2008 MacBook Pro.

    • JakeB

      You need to be a little more realistic.

      That ad line stressed what is still largely true; the simplicity of using OS X over Windows generally poor design and implementation.

  • Pdf Ninja

    10.8 had been available for developers months and months before its final release. There’s no excuse for developers to be so late. Same with Windows 8. I’ve been running it since last December on a VM, and have already fixed major problems, so by the time it’s out to the general public, our products are working perfectly. No excuse, really.

  • Peter

    I have been using US version 2.3.2 in Mountain Lion without any problems.

  • Awesome! I just bought a WT-4a and would love to run with my new Mac laptop.

  • Stagger

    All I know is my new D7000 is 2 feet from my keyboard. It was delivered today and I got a $200 credit from Am!$@n 5 min after I saw this article. I have been waiting for the D600 announcement for 3 months but, with a 3 week trip to Europe coming in mid Sept, I realized it wasn’t happening. I’m glad I made the call that I did. The D7000 and 18-200 vrII for $1600 eliminates any doubt with my decision.

  • ecossephoto

    I can save Nikon some bother.
    View NX and Capture NX 2 works just fine on the latest Apple OS and has done for a few weeks.
    How slow are they?

  • Capture NX1.x EU running fine on Mountain Lion.

  • gsum

    Mountain Lion ha ha ha. Surely they’re not serious. The Apple marketing luvvies have ferocious imaginations.

  • zoetmb

    I never installed Lion because Nikon (and other posters) claimed that Nikon Transfer wouldn’t work. I like NT because of its ability to auto rename files to date and time taken.

    I figured I would either suck it up and rename them manually when I saved them out of Photoshop or I would get the latest version of Capture NX. But I installed Mountain Lion and much to my surprise, Nikon Transfer still works perfectly. Maybe there are some functions that don’t work, but it transfers files and renames them and that’s all I need it to do.

    So I don’t know why Nikon says it’s not supported.

  • Pete_Ritzert

    Your apparent disregard for Mac owners who have bought your scanners is unbelievable (I own a Coolscan IV). So, I guess that I will be buying another Nikon product…never.

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