This new Airnef utility can download files from a WiFi-equipped Nikon camera to a computer

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Airnef is a new, open-source utility for downloading/transferring images and movies from a WiFi-equipped Nikon camera to a computer. Airnef runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It supports all Nikon cameras that have built-in WiFi interfaces, along with those using external Nikon WU-1a and WU-1b WiFi adapters. Airnef may also work with Nikon's WT-4A and WT-5A wireless adapters for the D3/D4/D8x, although this has not been tested. Download links, installation instructions and a user guide can be found here. Here is the tutorial/demo video:

 

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  • Great that someone is working on wifi stuff, Nikon should hire them to fix their lousy app!

    • Graffic Tee

      This guy should run their software team. Maybe we will be happier with their cameras if the software works?

    • SamsungR&D

      Too late, we got him first

  • Spy Black

    Let’s see if this embarrasses Nikon enough to make them update their app.

    I like the DOS prompt…

    • Eric Calabros

      MagicLantern wasn’t enough for Canon, and you expect Nikon to have an answer for this little thing?

      • nwcs

        That’s a good point. Sadly the camera makers are locked into a”not invented here” mentality.

        • BrainBeat

          The big guys yes but I have been looking at the smaller guys like Fuji and they seem far more keen to keep improving their products and for free.

          • خالد بن ناصر الشبيلي

            Fuji never been & it will never be smaller than Nikon or Canon 🙂

          • nwcs

            Well that’s kind of apples and oranges. While they have been adding great stuff it’s all still based on what they think is important. Fuji people still wonder why they have jpg only bracketing with a max of 1 stop and 3 shots only. And none have really openly cooperated with other companies to maximize raw development or allow developers to add features or even simplify workflow problems.

  • jimh

    An absolutely perfect example of why camera makers are being wiped out by smartphones. It’s incredible that users have to turn to an open-source app to get this basic, obvious capability, which should have been included with the camera years ago.

    • I agree, they should hire this guy.

      • ola

        I TOTALLY disagree.
        They should look on this and say, GREAT! Now, lets improve the capabilities of our SDKs to get EVEN greater apps.

        • Fly Moon

          They can do both!

    • SamsungR&D

      Yeah, we scooped up the guy who worked on this…

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  • Albert

    Worth mentioning that DSLR Dashboard can do this also as well as shoot and control the camera remotely.

    • Horshack

      DSLR Dashboard is actually the reason I wrote Airnef. Dashboard is an awesome program but unfortunately I could never get it to work consistently on any of my Windows or OSX systems. Many have had a lot of success with it though and so I would definitely recommend others giving it a try, esp. if you’d like live-shooting support. It works great on my Android tablet. I imagine its desktop support will only get better as the author finds time to work on it. I needed a near-term solution for my own wireless transfers and Airnef came about from that. I made it open source to encourage future development of camera applications from others.

      • Eric Calabros

        I always import all my nef files into a folder, then cut and past them in different places. How this app knows which ones have imported before? Can you put a xml (or anything like that) file in that main folder to list all those imported-before file names with their import time/date?

        • Horshack

          Airnef’s list of downloaded files is updated when the download occurs, so it’s not affected if you move your images around after the download. Each camera’s download history is stored in a text file named –downloadhistory, where model/serial are the model and serial number of the camera. The history files are stored in directory named ‘appdata’, which for most platforms is a subdirectory off the airnef installation directory – for the Windows executable directory is at %localappdata%airnef

    • Without going that far and getting more user friendly I find the Canon app perfect and sufficient. If only nikon could benchmark that it would make my christmas …

  • CAChemE

    Open sourced Python and photography all in one. How nice! (great documentation BTW)

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