NX-D: Time to give out the codec...

Started Mar 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
Mr Gadget Senior Member • Posts: 1,973
Re: NX-D: Time to give out the codec...

tundracamper wrote:

Why won't Nikon just give out the encryption codec for RAW files so that companies like Adobe can make software that will decipher all of the in-camera settings? It is clear Nikon has abandoned the serious editing software market. So, why not just give out the codec and let serious developers run with it?

Is there anything that would indicate that Adobe would do such a thing without charging their customers an arm and a leg for it? When it comes to how a company treats its customers, Adobe doesn't stand very tall.  How would "just give out the codec" benefit Nikon? Why would Nikon or any camera company want to give out proprietary business information without some manner of quid pro quo?

BTW: I maybe wrong, probably am, but I have never looked at Nikon Capture, which I have used since the very early days, as nothing more than a NEF file developer. I use Nikon Transfer to ingest my images, then ViewNX to grade and rate them, and then NX2 to develop the NEFs prior to saving them as TIFF for further work in Photoshop. By working this way I have not had to give Adobe any further money than I spent on Creative Suite 3.  I have never felt that NX2 was any more than a damn good RAW converter and from what I have seen so far with NX-D it will perform that task equally as well, and at a friendly price.

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