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Nikon encrypts white balance data
We are surprised and disappointed to hear that Nikon is trying to lock out third party RAW converters. According to PhotoshopNews.com, Nikon has encrypted white balance information in NEF files written by the D2X and the D2HS. While the encryption can be cracked, Adobe is concerned about being sued for violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Dpreview agrees with the sentiments of chief engineer and original author of Photoshop Thomas Knoll, who said "I think the copyrighted information inside the NEF file belongs to the photographer, not Nikon. But Nikon apparently thinks they own the information inside the NEF." UPDATE: Third party RAW converter, Bibble, has announced that it has decoded the D2X's RAW white balance parameter and will fully support it. Author of dcraw.c David Coffin has also decoded the encryption.
Bibble Labs has successfully located and decoded this data allowing us to provide Full support for the D2X including correct application of camera white balance.
Bibble Labs Ships Bibble 4.2 with D2X Support
Bibble Labs Inc. is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Bibble 4.2. The second major update to Bibble 4.x includes support for a host of new cameras as well as new features, enhancements and bugs fixes. As always versions of Bibble 4.2 are available in Pro and lite versions for Windows, OS X and Linux.
New cameras supported in version 4.2 include: Canon S60, S70 G6, Pro1, Digital Rebel XT, Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Nikon D2X, 8800, 8700, 8400, Olympus C-8080, E300 Evolt and Pentax *IST DS.
Of particular note is the Nikon D2X. With this new camera Nikon has chosen to “obscure” some of the data that is necessary for processing the raw files. This has resulted in most 3rd party solutions being unable to correctly render the cameras As-Shot white balance. Bibble Labs has successfully located and decoded this data allowing us to provide Full support for the D2X including correct application of camera white balance. As always, Bibble is the fastest way to process your raw files, and Bibble 4.2 will process D2X raw files in a fraction of the time taken by the Nikon's own software, in particular on OS X.
Fully functioning trial versions may be download at our website at www.bibblelabs.com. As this is a fairly major update, we’ve reset the trial clock, so even if you’ve tried Bibble 4 in the past, this new version will grant you a new trial period. Like all 4.x updates, Bibble 4.2 is a free upgrade to exising owners of Bibble 4.x. New users may license Bibble Pro for $129 and Bibble Lite for $69
Read about all of the Bibble 4.2 features here.