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Nikon has today made available a trial version of its all new image workflow software Capture NX. NX is a result of collaboration between Nik software and Nikon, and is widely anticipated by Nikon owners (as its speciality will be Nikon raw, NEF, conversion). Capture NX will cost $149.95 for the full package or $89.95 as an upgrade when it goes on sale later this month. The 30-day trial is availlable for download here:

 

http://www.capturenx.com/

 

There are mixed user reviews at dpReview, but most people seem to be pleased with it so far.

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Does it have any type of browser in or with it???

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maybe I missed something...

 

download is listed as "coming soon".

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lol I guess I was just a bit to quick. The PC version was ready first...

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Did you install it Richard? How do you like it? I was very disappointed to see that the Mac version is PPC and not Intel optimized, it will run very slow on intel macs... :D

 

Luiz

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Luiz, as to speed, I think it is relative.

 

The MBP is so fast... slow still seems faster than other systems.

 

I could always run the PC version, but I am beginning the process of moving as much of my software as possible to the Mac. Adobe actually asked my to download CS2 before they transfered my license to the MAC because of "speed issues".

 

Yeah, the PC runs Adobe a bit faster than Tiger, but the difference is minute. As to NX, instead of comparing I just "tried it". Seems plenty fast for now, and I am sure there will be a "universal" release soon enough. I am looking forward to booting to XP only for AutoCAD and nothing else...

 

My test is a bit limited, as I am only able to work with Jpeg and Tiffs at the moment. Unlike capture One, NX is NEF only. No more Fuji support.

 

Hopefully by the time I get the D2X, they will be ready for the Intel!

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I have a 3 GIG PC and it runs great.

Opens up my raw D70 pics no problems.

 

It has alot of tools and I quite like it.

Fix up distorted pics.

Fix up specs on the lens. Like a clone tool.

Nice navigator like Photoshop.

Change just certain areas of the pic colour wise.

Black Control.

Colour etc control.

 

Twin 17 inch screens work well with all the tools on the second screen. Click the little arrows and tools all go home. Browser window fills all second screen to look for pic then closes.

 

Not bad...

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I've played with it some and for some pics it works well and some, well, I haven't figured out how to work it, if possible. I've not read any or the manual or much of the how-to parts.

 

But here is one which, color-wise I thought was not remotely recoverable and I did the change with a black control point, a neutral control point and 2 color control points. I know the color isn't "great" but I suspect if I get better with the program it would be better and I picked an extreme example to play with.

 

Before:

 

post-1010-1152665953_thumb.jpg

 

After:

 

post-1010-1152665970_thumb.jpg

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Thats great, what does the full size pic look like now?

 

Further messing around with it, looks like it has not got a clone tool to get rid of camera specs that may turn up in shots, eveything else works great.

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Someone mentioned that it did, but I have not found it... I thought I asked the rep about that when I played with it at the demo a few weeks ago, and was under the impression there was not a cleanup feature.

 

I guess I should spend a bit more time going over all of the features...

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It would be really strange if it didnt have a cleanup function, as most digital SLRs suffer from dust on the sensor.

 

Cor

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I am looking forward to booting to XP only for AutoCAD and nothing else...

 

 

Wow, I thought I was the only one running AutoCAD on a MBP! I hear what you're saying, I only boot XP for AutoCAD and Suunto Dive Manager. Maybe with the next OS we won't even have to do that :lol:

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Any of you guys find a clone tool or similar in this program?

 

I like what it does but it's useless if you cannot get rid of camera specs etc.

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Found the answer....just read some reviews on Capture NX...there is no clone tool <_<

 

O well maybe later updates.....sticking with CS for now...

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Change just certain areas of the pic colour wise.

If that is implemented in the manner in which I'm imagining, the rules for many competitions are going to have to become even stricter.

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Hi,

 

Can anyone recommend a website with a tutorial or detailed review of Nikon Capture NX?

 

Thanks,

 

Marcelo Krause.

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Hi,

 

Can anyone recommend a website with a tutorial or detailed review of Nikon Capture NX?

 

Thanks,

 

Marcelo Krause.

 

Hi Marcelo

 

Nikon Imaging has a good series of tutorials at this website.

 

I really like this application - the only thing I haven't found that I use regularly on CS2 is a Save for Web function. I know Save As can do it, but I like the resizing in the CS2 function......

 

Cheers

 

Des

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there is a new version of NX out. v1.01

 

btw, I am using Capture NX on a new MacPRO along with Aperture.

 

NX certainly doesn't seem any slower - and maybe a bit quicker - than it did under my G4, so the speed bump on the MacPro under Rosetta more than makes up for the non-universal version. Same with Photoshop 7 in my experience.

 

I like Aperture a lot and it is a great organizer, etc - iPhoto on steroids. Performance is good. The lift and stamp tools are wonderful. There are just a few things that I can do in NX that I haven't figured out how to do in Aperture yet. I love the NX WB tool - picking gray point with marquee especially.

 

I find that a shot of sand bottom using available light really works pretty well with the gray point marquee. Also, the control point function seems really powerful. Still learning about all this...

 

attached is available light photo I fooled around with - one "as shot" and one "as corrected", 10.5mm lens, Nikon D50 in a Sea and Sea housing. viz that day was about 40-60 feet above the bow; 10-20 ft below the bow; depth 85 ft.; 125 s/f5.6 at iso 400; I tweaked the lens distortion a bit in the "corrected" version - a tool that NX has built in.

 

 

Edited by bfdc

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Now that you have had a chance to use it, is Capture NX worth it over Adobe CS?

 

I have both and used to prefer opening my files in Nikon Capture 4x because I liked the workflow. Then I would launch CS and make a few tweaks there. I also felt that the RAW handling gave better results than ACR.

 

I'm having dificulty with the new GUI. Things are in weird places (like the camera settings view) and I find the detachable toolbars take up lots of space obscuring the image (need 2 monitors). Most of all it is very slow on my 1.8 Ghz machine. CS1 is much faster. I find myself going straight to CS now and sorry about spending $150 on this.

 

Do I just need to learn more about this program to understand its power or are these problems ones that others are having?

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