Simple man: One bug fix I was personally hoping for was correcting images from freezing up while "creating preview". It freezes and stays frozen. Not even when doing complicated processes. Simply adjusting exposure can cause it to happen. It requires forcing the program to quit. Then restarting.... Only to freeze 5 minutes into using the program.
It's not that it's a horrible software program. It's that I don't trust it to work. Because of the above reason. This current version bug fix doenst fix it. But then again. View NX was plagued by this problem as well. Perhaps Nikon NEF have a freeze code in the secret sauce, only Nikon software can read. Because other programs do not freeze like this.
I really love Nikon Cameras, lenses and flashes. If only they could get the software right.
Yes it is surprising a co.like Nikon cannot release a bug free program. However, 80% of the time you never need to do the tif fiddling unless you just like doing PP and looking at a display.
Adobe color from Nikon cameras is much better than in the past, but is still different in reds and yellows than Nikon version.
Load an adjustment that turns off NR and Sharpening completely when processing raw. Just work on WB, exposure, contrast, color, lens corrections. This off course means no need to zoom 100% either. Then convert to tif and do your NR/Sharpening in this program or Lightroom. After a few practice runs you will learn the proper NR/Sharpening for a given iso file and just run this directly to a thumbnail or in batch process. Similar to as if you are doing settings in-camera. This will speed things up a lot.
I optimistically assume they will improve the preview drawing capabilities eventually.
toomanycanons: OK, I'll be the first: is NX-D finally worth downloading?
Previously you had the choice of "Save As" to nef, tif or jpg. Nef is now never touched, and the edits are saved automatically as you go in the edit folder. So the Convert is now the same as "Save As" for tif and jpg. Nothing wrong with that, except that you cannot save edit versions as easily as before. Now you have to name, save, and keep track of Adjustments - similar in some ways to Lightroom. They DEFNITELY need to add the option to update the nef preview jpg image.
FreedomLover: Beautiful music, well made cheesy video :-)
Unfortunately a real world clip shows the new autofocus failing twice in 12 seconds:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R59wD_4dsl4
To be fair, that error appears to be a weakness of the AF tracking not the AF itself. I believe, only the very high end cameras do very well at this and ALL fail in some situtions.
jkoch2: While neither an Adobe employee or investor, I think the change to a subscription model is the only way a software company can continue to make money.
Ladies and gents, it's time to grow up! Gone are the days when, every two years, there were enough changes in PCs, cameras, or software to compell people to buy new versions or upgrades. Meanwhile, the subscription model works fine for utilities, transportation, medical insurance, media delivery, and all kinds of public services. Many people obtain autos on lease or with borrowed (rented) money. Most homes are mortgaged or rented. Most employees work for wages, not a one-time bounty. Photographers charge by the job, not by a lifetime retainer. The queerest thing, in retrospect, is how long people bought $500 or $1,000 upgrades of editing products that offer more tools than most people have time to master, and that offer little ostensible commercial advantage over a $100 consumer version.
Well in the case of the auto, you have a choice to buy or lease.
ssh33: So, what are the Photoshop and Lightroom alternatives on the PC and Mac?
I used Corel when dinosaurs roamed earth - it was a full featured suite and I switched to Adobe just because everyone else seemed to use it at the time. Photoshop was not any better as far as the functionality goes. Is Corel any good now?
Corel AfterShot Pro is only $59, looks like the perfect Lightroom replacement.http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4670071
I like GIMP, use it on Linux.http://www.gimp.org/
What are the others?
Capture NX2 and View NX2 for Nikon users. Fortunately, it was very advanced software when first released. It is now behind but updates in the last couple years have helped its usefulness to continue. Lightroom is only slightly better. Once Photomechanic releases their cataloging software, Nikon users will be okay.
But, eventually, Nikon will need to do a large scale update - Probably completely new software as Nik is out of this business now.
Steven Lungley: It is my belief that I own what I create, and I beleive the law is on my side in this matter.
Now we have a company – Adobe – saying that I can create in their software – which they will not sell to me - but if I stop paying them rent, I will not be able to open my own creations.
To me, this is a form of copyright infringement. How can a company demand payments in the future for me to be able to open something I created in the past?
Not knowing very much about the details of the Adobe proposal, I would guess a version would be available at a reduced price that would allow viewing with the saved metadata/edits, but no editing. Then they would charge a premium, with an annual renewal fee, for the the version that does editing.
Perhaps this is in response to too much digital pirating of their software.
Zvonimir Tosic: All flashes have a horrid UI and controls, made probably by chief Inquisitors in camera manufacturing companies. If Apple did one, it would come with Siri, so you can just talk to it how to fire and when.
Or it might say back:
"I'm melting!, I'm melting!"