hectorsm

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Joined on Jul 4, 2005

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Pauanui: Capture NX set up for U-Point is far superior than what is in Photo Lab.

Maybe he is referring to what some people are posting in the forums. It appears that there are no previews for the masking created by the control points which could be very helpful in adjusting the Control Points to avoid some of the bleeding in nearby similar color pixels. The presets found on the Nik plugin also appear to be missing. I used these presets a lot. So far I heard that DXO has only implemented partially the Viveza plugin module. Most of the functionality of the other modules did not make it to DXO. Hope they can add the other stuff in the future.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 20:23 UTC
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Pauanui: Capture NX set up for U-Point is far superior than what is in Photo Lab.

Well..apparently they already did develop it using the Nik U point technology. Here in the link: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2017/10/25/dxo-announces-new-photolab-software

I thought the new DXO u point stuff was expected further in the future.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 01:36 UTC
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Pauanui: Capture NX set up for U-Point is far superior than what is in Photo Lab.

I doubt the current implementation in photo lab is the same.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 01:22 UTC
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wjgo: Damnit DxO. Still no DAM???!!!

Anyway - is UPoint technology any good today? Can anyone say they improved it? The reason I ask, is because smart selecting/masking is very good, in many applications now. Or is this really meant to appeal to the "old-schoolers?"

I will say, upgrading my DxO to this, is a done deal if the edit timelines can be saved, as it could be if using a smart whatever thing in PS. If not using PS, all edits were FINAL.

The U Point control are still superior when it comes to speed and precision of masking. It also very fast to move or resize the masking. Also, having the control point with their own set of adjustment setting bound to them is very intuitive. You can see the change in effects by just moving the control point around the image. No need to undo a mistake, just move or resize the masking. In my opinion, other companies are just starting to catch up now.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 03:08 UTC
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (392 comments in total)

The Nik plugins are one of the best plugins out there. I love the presets in Color Efex Pro 4. The U-Point control are far superior to any masking tool available elsewhere. I had great results with it. I hope Google sells the software patents to another company so that they can continue to develop it. I paid $150 for this package and I'm willing to pay for the updates.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 02:52 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

I prefer EVF.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 23:04 UTC as 90th comment
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saiko: Great app! Have been testing the Windows Beta - and just bought it today.

Does anyone know if Google Nik Collection plugins can be used with with Affinity Photo on Windows 10 like Gimp?

For those having issue with the Nik Viveza plugin you can zoom in to 100% using the Viveza 2 magnifying glass and the issue will be gone. It's not the best way to edit but it's better than nothing. The issue appears also in ACDSee and other editors that accept the Nik plugins so it's not a Affinity Photo issue.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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(unknown member): Looks very promising and affordable too. I can't seem to find a link to a demo/try-out version. Am I overlooking it?

@jkrumm
"So does it run in tandem with Lightroom, like DXO can? Is there a Lightroom plug-in?"

It can be setup as an external editor in Lightroom. You need to set it up in the Lightroom preference options.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 02:42 UTC
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justmeMN: A "time cost" is learning how to use discontinued software that won't work on your next computer.

(I currently use a Win7 computer, and the NIK software doesn't officially support Win10.)

Just because it does not list Windows 10 it does not mean it will not work. You can't assume that. Many people are running the Nik plugins in Windows 10. Most companies don't always go back and revise their published OS requirements every time a new OS gets released. It just the way it is.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 04:04 UTC
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justmeMN: A "time cost" is learning how to use discontinued software that won't work on your next computer.

(I currently use a Win7 computer, and the NIK software doesn't officially support Win10.)

Nik software already runs fine in Windows 10. It runs fine on my Windows 10 PC. You don't know if Nik will not work on the next OS. Also, it's not a large full photo editing software and it should not take that long to learn how to use it.

If you think it's not worth you time, then don't download it.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 02:55 UTC
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Snaaks: Downloaded it. Very nice. Thank you Google. The new reality anno 2016. Buying up software companies , then after a change of strategy , a product becomes out-of-focus, and is given away for free.
Anyway, I like it but I hope nobody paid 149 dollars for it last month.

They're giving a refund for anyone who bought the software this year.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 22:11 UTC

I bought this software about 1 1/2 ago. It was worth every penny. I love the U- point controls, they're superior to anything in the market for localized edits. It's sad that Nik will not be supporting this software anymore.Thanks Google for being generous by giving this software for free.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 22:10 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article onOne Software's Perfect Effects 8 available for free (113 comments in total)

Very good software. A lot of useful presets and tools. Seems very stables and no major issues other than a slight lag when applying certain presets and during some of the image editing. The best part was that it was free.

I have a 5 year old core I7 920 (@3.4GHz) 16GB Ram and AMD HD6870 video.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 03:48 UTC as 7th comment
On article Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue (175 comments in total)

Nikon should have issued a recall from the beginning so none of this mess would have happened.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 17:28 UTC as 14th comment

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

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 23:44 UTC as 41st comment

I currently own nine 3rd party batteries for several different cameras. Some of the batteries are around 10 years old. None of them have ever failed or overheated. I'm yet to see any statistics or numbers that point to 3rd party batteries causing damage to Nikon cameras.

I believe Nikon reason for the firmware block are pure marketing. Nothing else, just that.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 03:10 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies

Glad to see Nikon continuing the support for new camera and adding improved functionality. Unlike Adobe where the RAW support for new cameras runs out in a year or so and you're forced to pay for the new version.

I have owned PS Elements version 5,6,8 and 10 and now I have LR 5. I still go to CNX2 for most of my post processing. It does a very good job despite being perceived by many as dated.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 02:19 UTC as 7th comment
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JakeB: Superzooms -- for those who don't give a hoot about IQ.

I might sell my 18-105 vr and 70-300to buy this lens. I doubt the quality will be notcible in anything below 16 X 20 prints. I lost many good photos because I did not have enough time to switch from my 70-300 vr to my 18-105 vr. This lens will be perfect for me. Nikon made the right move in making this lens. A lot of people are going to be happy with it.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2012 at 19:12 UTC
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