Nikon has released a beta version of an update to its Capture NX software, a product which has been relatively stagnant in recent years. Capture NX-D is the first version of Nikon's Raw converter to be made since previous developer Nik Software was bought by Google in 2012. The software features a new user interface, batch conversion and a non-destructive workflow that saves adjustments in sidecar files alongside the original image. Follow the link to try it for yourself, and leave your feedback in the comments.

NIKON RELEASES NEW RAW IMAGE PROCESSING AND ADJUSTMENT SOFTWARE, CAPTURE NX-D

MELVILLE, NY (February 24, 2014) – 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.

To download the beta version of Nikon’s Capture NX-D, please visit http://beta.nikonimglib.com/ to sign up.

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