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Nikon D2H Software (Windows)

Supplied with the D2H are two applications, Nikon View 6.1 and a trial copy of Nikon Capture 4.0 (which includes the tethered control application Nikon Capture Camera Control). Nikon View provides image transfer, browsing, viewing, basic RAW conversion and rudimentary image editing capability. Nikon Capture 4.0 is the latest version of Nikon's advanced RAW conversion application, supplied in this case as a 30 day trial which you can upgrade to the fully license version for an additional US$140.


Nikon View 6.1

Nikon View is the application suite supplied with the D2H to assist the user in the transfer and management of images once you get the camera back to the computer. After installing Nikon View it places a small monitoring application into your 'Startup' folder, this constantly scans for connection of camera or insertion of a card into a card reader and launches Nikon Transfer to automatically carry out the transfer of images.

Thus the components which make up Nikon View 6.1 are:

  • Nikon Transfer - responsible for the transfer of images from the camera to your computer, either via USB or a card reader.
     
  • Nikon Browser - a thumbnail image browser which allows you look through your images and examine shooting data, can also print single or multiple images and contact sheets. Images can be viewed at any one of five thumbnail sizes.
     
  • Nikon Viewer - a full size image viewer, magnify and scroll the image.
     
  • Nikon Editor - a rudimentary image editor which can be used to change the image colour balance and contrast. Supports basic RAW features such as digital exposure compensation and white balance (single images only, no batch support).

Nikon View Acquire: Image Transfer

Nikon Transfer is the first link in the chain, it can be installed to 'monitor' connections of a camera to the computer or even insertions of a card into a card reader or can be launched manually. If set to monitor mode it will automatically pop-up and then transfer images from the camera to a preprogrammed destination folder (you can choose for this to be a copy or move operation).

Each transfer is made into a unique folder (naming can be a running number or date / time). File naming can also be changed to either a running number or be based on file date & time. You can even set up default IPTC information [clip] to be embedded in each image as it is transferred. Once images are transferred you can have Nikon Transfer launch Nikon Browser or any other third party application.

Nikon Browser

Nikon Browser allows you to (as the name implies) browse through images (JPEG, TIFF, RAW - NEF) on your hard disk. You can select five different thumbnail sizes for viewing ([clip - smallest size], [clip - largest size]). The window is split into three panes; Shooting data (which can be hidden) - includes full EXIF data information as well as additional "manufacturer unique" information you may not be able to get from other EXIF header readers. Folders / Search pane - a Explorer style tree of folders or the Search box.

Function of toolbar icons (left to right)

  • Back / Forward / Up folder
  • Search / Folders pane
  • Favorites list (list of favorite folders)
  • Transfer destination (as setup through Image Transfer)
  • View (with an image selected, same as double-click)
  • Edit (Typically Nikon View Editor, but can be configured to any other application)
  • Add Tag mark
  • Remove Tag mark
  • Rotation
  • Print (single or multiple images)
  • Slideshow
  • E-mail
  • Thumbnail size
  • Preferences [clip]
  • Help

The thumbnail window operates just like any other explorer window and you can drag and drop files, select multiple files, rename (fixed!), delete etc. Nikon Browser also provides the ability to create a list of favorite folders, transfer destinations (places where you commonly copy images), run slideshows, view the image in a separate window (Nikon Viewer) and rotate images (for JPEG this now includes lossless rotation). Image editing can be linked to any third party application (such as Photoshop).

Search

Search is a feature new to Nikon View 6 and it allows you to quickly scan through a collection of images (including sub folders), you can search by file name, scene mode (not on D-SLR's), by date and tag marking. In the example above we have searched for all images taken within the last month which are tag marked.

E-mail & Printing

You can email an image or multiple images directly from Nikon View, it will produce a reduced size version of the image (if required) and will create a new email message with the images attached. Nikon Browse has a powerful built-in printing subsystem which allows you to choose from a wide variety of layouts, crops, trims and picture information (single or multiple images).

Copy and Resize as JPEG file

From the Tools menu you can convert selected images (any format but notably useful for RAW) into JPEG format, including resizing and different quality levels for output.

IPTC Information

In Nikon Browser, Viewer and Editor you can edit / assign IPTC information for an image. There are two 'levels' of IPTC information, a simple and detailed. Both of these dialog boxes are identical for all applications. You can save IPTC information in the Nikon 'NID' format and load in the 'NID' or 'FFO' formats.

Simple IPTC information dialog Detailed IPTC information dialog

Nikon Viewer

Nikon Viewer operates in a similar fashion to Nikon Browser except that you are of course viewing a single image at a time and have the ability to zoom in and out of the image. Nikon Viewer supports JPEG, TIFF or NEF (Nikon RAW) files. You can still browse through the underlying list of images by using the left and right arrows on the toolbar. Just like Nikon View 5 the method of 'painting' the image in blocks is a little odd, especially at full zoom dragging the image around to examine it, certainly not as fast or smooth as ACDSee or Photoshop.

Function of toolbar icons (left to right)

  • Back / Forward
  • Zoom In
  • Zoom Out
  • Display at Original size (1 to 1)
  • Zoom Cursor
  • Grab Cursor
  • Fit Image to Window
  • Fit Image to Desktop
  • Edit (Typically Nikon View Editor, but can be configured to any other application)
  • Add Tag mark
  • Remove Tag mark
  • Print (single or multiple images)
  • Slideshow
  • E-mail
  • Preferences
  • Help

Nikon Editor

Nikon Editor is a rudimentary image editor for JPEG, TIFF and NEF (Nikon RAW) files. For JPEG and TIFF files it can carry out auto contrast, sharpening, red-eye reduction, tone and colour balance adjustments. For NEF (Nikon RAW) files Nikon Editor can in addition perform digital exposure compensation (using the full 12-bits of data) as well as post-shooting white balance adjustment. Interesting to note that Editor's drawing and scrolling functionality is far better than Viewer.

Nikon Editor Major Features

  • Open JPEG, TIFF and NEF (Nikon RAW) files (understands image colour space)
  • Save as JPEG (EXIF or JFIF) or TIFF (RGB or CMYK)
  • Full view, zoom (up to 1600%) and scroll images
  • Detailed shooting information (general, lens used, exposure, camera settings etc.)
  • Selectable colour spaces for monitor, printer and CMYK separation
  • Edit IPTC information (see previous page) - although can not save back into RAW
  • Launch Photoshop and transfer image at 8 or 16 bits per pixel
  • Print single image
  • Copy & Paste Image Adjustments between images
  • Load & Save Image Adjustments
  • Flip (horizontal / vertical) and rotate (-90, 90 or 180 degrees) image
  • Image resize
  • Select image area and save selection
  • Automatic image adjustments
    • Contrast & Colour
    • Just Contrast
  • Manual image adjustments
    • Sharpening
    • Effect (B&W, Sepia)
    • Image size
    • Red Eye Correction (Automatic or Manual)
    • Brightness
    • Contrast
    • Red / Green / Blue balance
    • Digital exposure compensation (+/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps) *
    • White balance (Recorded, Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent High, Direct Sunlight, Shade, Cloudy, Flash) *

* RAW (Nikon .NEF) files only

Note that you can not change other 'Advanced RAW settings' such as sharpening or tone, you'll need Nikon Capture 3.0 to process images with these settings.

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