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Nikon releases beta version of next-generation Capture NX software

By dpreview staff on Feb 25, 2014 at 04:39 GMT

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

Comments

Total comments: 117
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Paul Hodgson
By Paul Hodgson (3 weeks ago)

I've been playing with NX D and whilst speed is an issue, the ability I like. However, I think it would replace ViewNX 2 rather then NX2 since healing and a number of other elements currently in NX2 are missing in NX D.

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medicus
By medicus (1 month ago)

It is rather annoying to pay 18 month ago for the NX2 licence, and now it´s replaced by a free of charge version. But the real bad think on this, is that CX2 is not supported any more. so if I bought a new Nikon camera, I could dump my investment.
Therefore I will go ahead with lightroom. And there is a big questionmark for me going ahead with Nikon at all.

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powerbook
By powerbook (1 month ago)

I think Nikon has given up in the software industry and have to admit that Adobe and others in the same league is better - although I think CNX2 is really nice.

There is a few things that should be changed by CNX2 if Nikon would continue. Among other things, it should be amended to take advantage of all the processor power and a RAM, as it does not now, because it is very slow.

Nikon has probably meant that it was too excessive in relation to price/earning, to make the changes. CNX2 costs, for example, approx. the same as Lightroom 5 and has many competitors in this price range.

But Nikon sees it only from its own business and not from what loyal customers want. Just as with the lack D400!

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Ptit Diou
By Ptit Diou (1 month ago)

Really it is a bad news.
To my eyes sidecar files is a big regression and Upoint technology was great.
What is missing most in Capture NX2 is a good noise processing.

Is it because Nikon is no more able to maintain Capture NX2 after the take over of Google on Nik Software ?
Will Nikon lesson Capture NX2 lovers ?

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Jabs767
By Jabs767 (1 month ago)

Grossly disappointed.

Did a three day shoot at the weekend involving thousands of images and NX-D couldn't handle it where View NX2 and C NX2 flew through the floes in comparison.

It's extremely slow and cumbersome, when zooming in previews stay pixelated for way too long. I currently use CNX2 for a lot of batch sports processing but if they move support away from CNX2, I will have to find another software because I DEFINITELY not using NX-D. Capture One does a far better job.

Keep CNX2, please Nikon..........

3 upvotes
svliegen
By svliegen (1 month ago)

I am quite happy with the current version of NX2 (fast, efficient, simple), and I rarely felt the need to use Photoshop or Lightroom.

That will definitely change once we get NX-D. In fact, I will probably have to use PS/LR for just about every picture, which means I might as well drop NX-D completely.

Pity. Clearly Nikon does not understand their customers AT ALL.

PS: still waiting for a D400...

3 upvotes
donahugh
By donahugh (1 month ago)

Another Nikon disappointment. They are on quite a roll. The Mantra has faded.

2 upvotes
AKH
By AKH (1 month ago)

Without U-points this tool will be almost of no use at all.

I use U-points a lot and it is the main argument for using Capture NX2, because it is superior to any other image editing tool I have used including Photoshop and Lightroom.

In NX2 I also like the fact that every edited version of the NEF-file is contained within the file instead of the "side car" thing in NX-D. This also makes it very easy to move or backup the entire version history in a single file.

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DBIphotoToronto
By DBIphotoToronto (1 month ago)

This is a bit of a blow to me. I own Capture One Express 6, Lightroom 5.3, and Capture NX/2.6 - licenses. Why/ Because I use different programs to convert for different purposes, *that's why. They render a very different look, which can only done at the conversion-stage of post-processing.

I'm a working photographer, whose wife works with him as his assistant and (certified) makeup artist. I shoot mainly events/concerts/dance photography, we do a decent amount of Portraiture, and I'm a News Photographer. I currently own & use a Nikon D4, D3, and even have a D90 kicking-around somewhere.

I will continue to use Cnx/2 as long as I can, but when I move up to a D5 many years down the road I'll be mighty irate with Nikon. Other software does not provide the same look as I produce using Capture NX/2. This is a *fail on Nikon's part, with a capital "F" - as in "F *you, Nikon software development!"........

3 upvotes
micra
By micra (1 month ago)

No, U-point, no tools like red-yes, selection, retouch, lasso and not shadows/hightight adjustment … no nothing!

Even ViewNX2 is better !!!!

I thought a new version of CNX2 had the same tools, were faster, and save files in NEF without sidecar file or save in DNG? I will try to learn to use Lightroom, which I have bought now.

Nikon, what is going on???

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Duckie
By Duckie (1 month ago)

No control point? No need for Nikon software!

3 upvotes
Verseau
By Verseau (1 month ago)

Was this a step back or four?

HORRIBLE !!

Aperture, Lightroom, Phocus, Capture One, etc.. are all much better options! ugh!

1 upvote
JeffHallPhoto
By JeffHallPhoto (1 month ago)

Only allows global adjustments. The entire control point technology seems to be missing. This product seems to take the place of View-NX, not Capture NX2.

1 upvote
powerbook
By powerbook (1 month ago)

One of the things that made CNX2 a little special and easy to use, was the Color Control Point, which is gone.

I can't finde these features, hope they comes in the official version:
- Color Control Point
- Red-eye Control Point
- Auto Retouch Brush
- Lasso Tool
- Selection Brush

I don't know why I should buy the NX-D compared to Adobe Lightroom or for that matter compared to Adobe Photoshop Elements? :-)

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powerbook
By powerbook (1 month ago)

UPDATE:
Now I have been playing with MX-D for a while. NX-D can not possibly be the successor to CNX2 (although it closes down after the official launch of NX-D), but rather a replacement for ViewNX2.

It is in my eyes a pretty big step backwards especially because U-point tool now missing along with many other tools, and that you now have sidecar files.

I think one has to consider the case that Nikon just need something that supports the cameras (an alibi if you like) where you can adjust the most important thing, then export a TIFF or DNG file to Photoshop or something similar. I interpret it is clearly the case that Nikon gives up in the big races in software.

That we might as well use Lightoom, which contains much more and is far above CNX2 and NX-D, is another matter.

Personally, I'm very tired of this change to NX-D to U-points etc.. and with no sidecar files in CNX2, makes CNX2 nice easy to work with. NX-D looks like any other. We have to change our workflow now.

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G Margue
By G Margue (1 month ago)

"I think one has to consider the case that Nikon just need something that supports the cameras (an alibi if you like) where you can adjust the most important thing, then export a TIFF or DNG file to Photoshop or something similar."

My point exactly. Once done, can be used with any software, INCLUDING NIK/Google-which pretty much restores Capture, doesn't it?

Why would anyone want to tie a camera to a specific software application? Expecially when the application "goes south" and the missing features ARE found somewhere else?

1 upvote
powerbook
By powerbook (1 month ago)

The problem is, that NX-D can not export files to DNG ....

0 upvotes
Alan Kett
By Alan Kett (2 months ago)

New piece from Thom Hogan today about just how bad then new Nikon track will be for existing users. If what' he's saying is correct, the only way to edit existing NEFs (and I have several thousand of those myself) will be to maintain a dedicated box and existing NX2 going forward. Not good.....

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G Margue
By G Margue (1 month ago)

Why not just convert to TIFF or DNG and use any application-including the NIK one with control points if desired; or any of the other software that directly supports NEF.

It seems very odd to me that everyone expected an application to go on forever. They don't do that!

Also, I find it strange that camera makers should run huge software development departments that exist solely for their range of cameras. It's a model that can't work for a multitude of reasons.

Wouldn't it be considered strange if Adobe, DXO, etc. were expected to build and maintain cameras indefinitely?

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SantaFeBill
By SantaFeBill (1 month ago)

"Why not just convert to TIFF or DNG ... ." As far as DNG is concerned, CNX2 will not export a file in that format. If you use the Adobe converter, you lose the edits you did in CNX2. As for TIFF, I exported a D7000 14-bit NEF to uncompressed TIFF using CNX2. The resulting TIFF file was a little over 90MB. Using LZW compression _increased_ the file size to 122MB!
So what are you going to do, if, as some have posted elsewhere, you have tens of thousands of images you've processed with CNX2? Calculate how many terabytes of storage you'd need to save the TIFFs, then what it would cost. Yes, storage has gotten cheaper, but not that much cheaper. )-:
Of course, what most will have to do is to save some subset of the CNX2-processed images to TIFF, and realize that the work they've done on the others will be lost when CNX2 stops working on their system, which will happen at some point.

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Gollan
By Gollan (2 months ago)

Sheesh, I'm halfway through the 60 day trial of Capture NX 2. It has a bit of a learning curve, but am past that and I was fully prepared to buy it. The vast majority of my photos started and ended processing in CNX2. Now, I think that my best bet will be either Capture NX D or View NX 2 to do the RAW to TIFF conversion and then Adobe Lightroom for refinements. For my needs, I might even just get along with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) conversions. I will also get a trial of the NIK software package because it seems that it will replace most of the missing functionality from Capture NX 2 and comes some extras that will let me stretch my abilities. In the end, it will be close to the same cost.

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Peter Evans
By Peter Evans (2 months ago)

Fire up Capture NX2 and what do you see on the first line of the splash screen? You see copyright notices for Nikon Corporation and Nik Software.The U point technology is the brainchild of the latter. Who now owns NIK Software? Answer, Google. So, maybe this is the heart of the problem - some sort of impasse between Nikon and Google with regards to usage rights for that U point technology.

I love the U point technology and so it looks like my future workflow for images from any new camera I buy will have to be: Nikon NX- D for processing the NEF, save as a TIFF, import the TIFF into the last version of NX2, use the U points as required, save back to a TIFF, import the TIFF into Photoshop. That adds one extra thing to my current workflow. A PITA but not the end of the world.

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gsum
By gsum (1 month ago)

The ownership of U-Point thankfully doesn't apply to the Selection Brush, the real heart of NX2. No other photo editor has a similar tool, the usefulness of which cannot be overrstated.

2 upvotes
ColorBandit
By ColorBandit (2 months ago)

Epic fail Nikon.

You have gotten SO out of touch with your customers...
- No pro DX upgrade product
- Missing DX lenses
- Jumbled mix of batteries and accessories

Now you pull the rug out from under us on the PP side. So many missed opportunities.

I AM moving to another brand.

3 upvotes
D 503
By D 503 (2 months ago)

You could tell when Olympus was in trouble by the introduction of plastic lens mounts and the culling of professional software. When a company like Nikon starts to cut costs and raise prices it gets you thinking.

1 upvote
instamatic
By instamatic (2 months ago)

Interesting that you bring up cost cutting and price raising. Price raising on already highly priced products would be synonymous with a company that tries to bolster it's image as a premium brand, regardless if the underlying engineering and manufacturing costs are cut. However for a brand to be perceived as a premium brand, it has to offer stellar, and I stress stellar - not "good enough" customer service. People come back for more to a company that they perceive is reliable and responsive to their needs and questions.

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bagnon
By bagnon (2 months ago)

NX-D? The D is for (D)isservice to the Nikon users.

Not providing backwards compatibility to, as a minimum, read and interpret CNX2 edited NEFs is a (D)issaster for those who have relied in Nikon previous proposal for image processing.

2 upvotes
Lea5
By Lea5 (2 months ago)

Played around with some files of my D4 and D800E. It's not bad and the RAWs look very good. That's all I need, cause I do the rest in Photoshop. Never used the U-Points anyway.

1 upvote
madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (2 months ago)

Never used?? You really don't know what you've missed.

10 upvotes
madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (2 months ago)

What a joke. I advise you all to leave a "nice" feedback to Nikon like I did. I'm considering to move to Canon just for spite.

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Arsen
By Arsen (2 months ago)

Nikons FAQ on Capture NX-D is clear.. This is not right.

Q: Do you plan to include U Point functions (for portional editing) later?

A: No, we do not plan to include these functions. We are looking into the possibility of being able to open and display images to which effects have been applied using U Pint functions for support purposes with future versions.

Q: For how long will support for Capture NX 2 continue?

A: We will continue to update Capture NX 2 as needed to add support for new cameras until the official version of this software is released. At this time, the official version is scheduled for release in summer this year. We will no longer update Capture NX 2 after the official version of this software is released.

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Andrea Georgia
By Andrea Georgia (2 months ago)

Here is a link to Thom Hogan's take on NX-D, see below, a damning first evaluation like most comments here on this forum. As some here have already noted, it looks like a big problem - likely in conjunction with the complete removal of any local editing tools like the U-points - will be the lack of compatibility of NX2-edited NEF files with this new simplistic Silkypix NX-D program.

Maybe it's time to switch to Canon and other raw conversion programs if Nikon can't provide a properly fine-tuned raw converter for its proprietary colour rendition anymore. I've really loved NX2 for its superb localized editing controls and colour rendition since it was released, and have been somewhat forgiving of its clumsiness as other raw converters don't have its editing precision and quality. I am still using it, but for how much longer? What were Nikon thinking when they dropped the ball on this important aspect of photography?

http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/capture-nx-d-announced.html

A.

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instamatic
By instamatic (2 months ago)

I spent a good part of last evening playing with NX-D and while it isn't really a huge disappointment, I would expect better.

The good thing is that Nikon colors are now easier to obtain. NX-D is significantly faster than NX2, except that it is still quite slow at rendering previews - and this rendering seems to happen after you make any adjustment to the image. Why is this so slow? I imagine this could easily be improved. How about optimizing that code, and letting the hardware GPU handle the rendering to screen?

I still likely save time using NX-D, than using an elaborate process to achieve a look I like with other software and plugins. NX-D would be a major change in my workflow, but I would get nice or nicer results IMO. While this may be true, it's not what the market expects.

Also, you need to do a lot of clicking to get things done, less it seems than in NX2, but still more than needed. Lightroom and Aperture get this right - all sliders and tools in one place.

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UhBre
By UhBre (2 months ago)

Exactly what I am waiting for too long.
Image editing software should use Cuda or OpenCLto utilize vector GPU that grow so power full in last 7 years.
I am guessing that my expectations are too high :-(

0 upvotes
Alan Kett
By Alan Kett (2 months ago)

Been a Nikon NX2 user for several years. I own and use cameras from several manufacturers, but I've always been in the habit of using NX2 to "polish" the TIFF files created by their raw converters.

Reading Thom Hogan's lukewarm review of the new iteration, I don't think I'll be upgrading. If Nikon will no longer support new models/operating systems in the existing NX2 software, I'm ready to call it a day and move on to something else. In fact, I think I'm at the point where I've bought my last Nikon camera and lens. My D7000/D700 and existing lenses should be good for many years and I'll keep my Windows 7 desktop with NX2 on it to service the NEFs from them. Been slowly falling out of love with Nikon for a while......

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Arsen
By Arsen (2 months ago)

Just Call it Capture Dissapointment.. Do not replace Capture NX with this crap.. Just enhance the current Capture NX with some masking, Masking toolslayers and plug in for Nik Software.. Also make it faster.. Thats all we want.

3 upvotes
tr4driver
By tr4driver (2 months ago)

Wow! Just wow... Someone please wake me up from this nightmare!

This is a significant downgrade from View NX2!

3 upvotes
Breen
By Breen (2 months ago)

It is clear that CNX-D is downgrade compared to Capture NX 2. Most comments are negative, however compared to View NX, in many ways it is an upgrade.

Nikon claims that Capture NX D will be free tool, so for me it is good move, because no one, who has been using CNX 2, would pay for it.

Many comments are exaggerated.

2 upvotes
RyanBoston
By RyanBoston (2 months ago)

Just remember, NX2 will still support all current cameras, but if you do a computer update, NX might not work and you might not be able to download it offline anymore.

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nadjap
By nadjap (2 months ago)

And even if you dowload NX2 as a file now, maybe you can´t activate it anymore, when Nikon shuts the activation server down.

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UhBre
By UhBre (2 months ago)

Similar to Photoshop for activation of NX2 internet is not necessary.

0 upvotes
ageha
By ageha (2 months ago)

It's sad Nikon won't have an own raw converter anymore. NX-D is just a rebranded and free edition of Silkypix.

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greggyh
By greggyh (2 months ago)

I think "just" is a little strong. The color engine seems Nikon specific, with the Nikon color profiles and the ability to apply or disable Active D lighting. Those seem to be protected IP, and appear to work similarly to NX2.

1 upvote
ageha
By ageha (2 months ago)

You're correct but all the other in-camera settings I expect from a 1st party raw converter are missing.

0 upvotes
RyanBoston
By RyanBoston (2 months ago)

This software is an awful mess! We used to joke that CNX2 was outdated, but this new NXD is 10 years worst. CNX2 looks like a superstar compared to this.

No D400, no NX3 or support for NX2.

Nikon is making me nervous.

6 upvotes
Amarjyoti Krishnan
By Amarjyoti Krishnan (2 months ago)

Capture NX2 is a class apart. NX-D is just silkypix... Even ViewNX is nicer. Wish NX-D was better. I guess even the open sourced photivo is better.

The only good thing about the NX-D is that it is fast.

Hoping Nikon makes it better that what it is now.

1 upvote
Clueless Wanderer
By Clueless Wanderer (2 months ago)

I waited years and years for this. Whilst waiting I embraced Lightroom and now I love it
It's come way too late for me.

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UhBre
By UhBre (2 months ago)

That is exactly what I am going to do ...

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Clueless Wanderer
By Clueless Wanderer (1 month ago)

Man, once you get fluid with LR it gives you hours back to your life with its synchronize and batch saving/resizing/watermarking features

0 upvotes
JHWJR
By JHWJR (2 months ago)

The requirement that I import the files and use sidecar files, and the lack of local editing, make this totally useless to me. And what do I do with years of edited NEF files? I'm so angry right now.

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Manfred Bachmann
By Manfred Bachmann (2 months ago)

I played around now for 2 hours, this software really sucks in every aspect, i really dont get it!

2 upvotes
Arsen
By Arsen (2 months ago)

This is not NX2 replacement, should be viewnx or something else. I will be very upset if the U point technology is not incorporated or supported in the future Capture nx.. I just love the results with Capture NX2 with Raw files vs Photoshop, lightroom or anyother programs. The U point technology with Nikon raw files is what makes this product stand out for me. If the new Capture NX-D is going to be like this, please continue to support the current Capture NX2.. I am fine with it.. Just update the program as new camera's come on the market to support the raw files.

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brn
By brn (2 months ago)

I know people are upset about U-Point. So am I. I can kind of understand they've a licensing issue.

What puzzles me more is the lack of any localized edits. If there's a blemish, I don't see how to remove it. I don't even see red-eye removal.

The price is right and it is a respectable replacement for View NX2, but it has a long way to go to be a replacement for Capture NX2. I'll keep running Capture NX2 for now, but when it becomes too dated, I'm not sure what I'll resort to. I'd like to avoid Adobe, but we'll see.

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hectorsm
By hectorsm (2 months ago)

The U-point is the only reason I bought CNX2. Without it, I see no reason to use NX-D.

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Andrea Georgia
By Andrea Georgia (2 months ago)

Nikon wants our feedback, so I'll join the consensus here:

No u-point technology = no NX-D for me, simple as that. The other stuff I can get elsewhere at Capture One or Lightroom, and probably better, thank you.

What a shame that they weren't able to keep their best feature.

And Google is about to swallow everything and everybody ...

A.

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Paul Janders
By Paul Janders (2 months ago)

Judging by the low number of comments here this downgrade is not going to affect a large number of people. However, I'm affected by this and I'm really sorry to see this happening. It's embarrassing for Nikon to field a product like NX-D and call it "next generation".

I don't know if Nikon ever had the opportunity to purchase NIK but if they did…well, shame on them for not closing the sale.

On the bright side, we will be able to use NX2 as long as we have a computer and camera that's compatible with it. Also, Google still has the entire suite of Nik plugins on sale for $149. They work just like NX2 used to.

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jhinkey
By jhinkey (2 months ago)

The GUI looks cool, but definitely lacking features that made NX2 useful.
Hopefully they will be added back in, otherwise it's not really useful to me and I'll have to fully convert over to using ACR. May have been a bad move to let Nik go Nikon.

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Westmill
By Westmill (2 months ago)

I shall be keeping NX2 !!!! Its hard to take this seriously !
Not even a healing brush and no U points !
My verdict is they should supply it for free with the cameras.
It does not come even close as any kind of alternative for NX2
Time to uninstall ! Not even worth taking up the space on my PC.

6 upvotes
ralphdaily
By ralphdaily (2 months ago)

This is a disaster for NX2 users. I mainly shoot Sony RX100 and Fuji X100 now, but liked to convert them in LR to TIFF and use NX2 to editing since it was so much easier than Adobe products. Too bad. I don't see why anyone would learn the new NX-D product. I never expected Nikon to just dump photo editing.

3 upvotes
Silk65
By Silk65 (2 months ago)

what a bad joke - thank you nikon ... for nothing

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SantaFeBill
By SantaFeBill (2 months ago)

Significantly less capabilities than CNX2, and CNX2 will no longer be supported when NX-D is officially released.
I've rather tenaciously (some would say foolishly :-) ) held on to using CNX2, but even I see it is now time to find something else.
I hope that the developers of Photo Ninja will soon follow up on their plans to add local adjustments to the program. My results with the trial version have been quite striking, except when I need to adjust only an area rather than the whole image.
DPR's headline should have read "Nikon releases beta version of _last_ generation Capture NX software". :-(

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (2 months ago)

If this has anything to do with Silkypix, game over as far as I'm concerned. When it comes to simplicity and ease of use, NIK products are one side of the coin and Silkypix, the other.

I had hoped Nikon would work with NIK behind the scenes. Oh well.

1 upvote
plasnu
By plasnu (2 months ago)

U-point is licensed by NIK, but NIK is now owned by GOOGLE, so probably the licensing issue.

0 upvotes
gsum
By gsum (2 months ago)

That wouldn't affect the Selection Brush though. The Selection Brush is even more useful than U-Point.

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ucsdvc
By ucsdvc (2 months ago)

I switched from Lightroom and Aperture to Capture NX2 for the official Nikon Color Interpretation and U-point/Control point function. Despite the user unfriendliness, Capture NX2's features win my heart.

Without U-point/Control point, Capture NX-D is more and more irrelevant to me. Honestly, there is no point for Nikon to make a software more Aperture/Lightroom like. If I want that, why don't I go for Aperture/Lightroom instead of Capture NX-D.

As much as I want Nikon to bring back U-point/Control point though, I am pretty sure it's impossible since NIK (along with the patent?!) is sold to Google.

I guess I can only keep using my Capture NX2 until future OS no longer supports it...

RIP Capture NX2

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David Rosser
By David Rosser (2 months ago)

Anyone any idea which lens/camera combinations are covered by lens distortion tool? D700/16-35 f/4 is but 12-24mm f/4 on D1H isn't which is hardly surprising I suppose but the lens is supported on the D2Hs.

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