UPDATE (25/01/2016): The NX-D software has recently been updated to v. 1.3.0 (Windows) and v. 1.3.1 (Mac), including a host of bug-fixes and some minor improvements.
The program runs native on x64 systems (WIN 7 and later) and can be downloaded here
Since I upgraded to Windows 10 I have been using this program regularly and, in absence of an in-depth review as of yet, it suffices to say that the conversions are very good (once you get the hang of it), that lateral and axial CA is virtually absent and - most importantly - that you can extrapolate any NEF to a 19.999 px. long end TIFF (267 Mp.), without notable punishment.
This is pretty big news. The kind you get once every ten years or so...
When the new Nikon NX-D software got out of beta, I was kinda skeptical, to say the least.
But the release of Capture NX-D could not be more opportune and the program is good – as far as I have been able to review – which is news in itself.
From where I am standing, Nikon has not given us any productive RAW processing software since Nikon View 6 and Capture 4, way back in 2004.
Although it is indisputable that Nikon software does – for obvious reasons – a better job in converting NEF files than Adobe (article), every next version of Nikon View or Capture stripped out more functionality, was an even bigger memory hog than the previous one and, without distinction, slower than a snail on a barrel of tar.
Meanwhile, Adobe keeps milking the Photoshop cow not by significantly upgrading the program, but just by not supporting our new cameras in the next incarnation of Adobe Camera RAW (ACR), thus demanding an upgrade of Photoshop or CS.
Many of you, as I, have decided to stop giving our money to the boys from San José, because they have not added anything useful for – like – the last ten years or so.
Question was: where do we go from here?
The jury has been out on this matter (article), until now.
Because now Nikon have done something unheard of.
First, they developed a piece of software that actually works, and second: they made it FREE! (For now, at least).
Nikon Capture has always been, and still is, the very best RAW converter for NEF files on the planet but also, sofar, expensive.
Capture used to set you back about 300 bucks and, more importantly, gobbled up precious time and CPU cycles, which is invaluable.
Not any more.
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