Capture NX-D: Nikon unveils new photo editing software to replace Capture NX 2

Capture NX-D: Nikon unveils new photo editing software to replace Capture NX 2

Nikon has unveiled a new photo editing software, Nikon Capture NX-D, for processing and adjusting raw files captured with Nikon DSLRs, Nikon 1 cameras and digital compacts from Nikon’s COOLPIX range that offer raw format shooting.

Capture NX-D: Nikon unveils new photo editing software to replace Capture NX 2

The beta version of Nikon Capture NX-D is being released as a free download (for now, at least) from Nikon’s website and will eventually replace the current Capture NX 2 software, Nikon says.

The company says it will no longer support its Capture NX 2 software with updates.

Capture NX-D is for use specifically with Nikon’s NEF and NRW raw file formats, but can also be used to make adjustments to JPEG and TIFF files.

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Key features of Nikon Capture NX-D

1.  Adjustment functions developed for RAW processing, just as they were with the Capture NX series
The application includes functions for adjusting aspects of RAW images captured with a Nikon digital camera (NEF or NRW file extension) that can be adjusted even after images are captured, including white balance and exposure compensation.

Smooth adjustment of images is possible immediately after they are transferred to computers.
Picture Control, Nikon’s exclusive function for specifying imaging characteristics, is also supported.

2.  Support for simple adjustment of JPEG and TIFF images
In addition to processing and adjustment of RAW images, the application offers the same functions available with Capture NX 2 for adjustment aspects such as tone curves, brightness, and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral colour aberration and vignetting caused by lenses, in JPEG and TIFF images.

3.  Floating palettes that are easy to use with multiple screens
When two or more monitors are used, the image display area can be expanded by moving individual floating palettes for each adjustment function.

Convenience has been increased with the ability to combine two or more floating palettes, which can be moved together.

4. A variety of displays, including comparisons of multiple images and adjustment before-and-after images
Display of the application window can be adjusted for greater convenience. Thumbnail display, filmstrip display, single-image display, and full-screen display are possible.

When filmstrip display is selected, thumbnails can be positioned at the top, bottom, left, or right of the image area.

In addition, displays for comparing images, whether multiple image files, or a comparison of a single image before and after adjustments are applied, are available.

When comparing images, enlargement of a portion of one image automatically enlarges the same portion of the other image, making the application of adjustments with simultaneous viewing of the primary subject simpler.

5. Adoption of a sidecar format that saves original data as non-destructive files
Unlike the format previously used to save images to which adjustments have been applied, a sidecar format, which saves adjustment data as a separate file, has been adopted.

Saving original data as non-destructive files allows users to start over with the adjustment of RAW images in their original, post-capture state, without undoing previous adjustments.

6. Other functions
Filtering functions have been built into the application, allowing users to easily find the images they are looking for by filtering them according to criteria such as camera name or lens focal length based on tag data.

In addition, batch processing can be used to simplify the troublesome process of applying adjustments to multiple images, and images can be transferred to another application in 16-bit TIFF format after RAW processing.

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Nikon 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

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