Open Photography Forums  
HOME FORUMS NEWS FAQ SEARCH

Go Back   Open Photography Forums > Digital Camera Discussion > Nikon Mount DSLR's

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old June 11th, 2008, 05:21 AM
Dierk Haasis Dierk Haasis is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Hamburg (Germany)
Posts: 548
Default Capture NX2

I put this here because it is the most logical place of all for Nikonites to find and contribute.


As everybody now knows, Capture NX2 is a major update for Nikon's own image processing software and available for use since last week. Since I have been a big fan of Capture NX I immediately downloaded and installed it. Good things first:

- The UI differs enough to need a few hours to get used to it but then pays off as faster to access [mostly].
- Workspaces are great and very well implemented.
- Speed is greatly increased, though saving and batching may still be slower than with other RAW converters [CNX2 renders and embeds a full-size JPEG into the NEF. JFI].
- Several new tools, like U-Point selections, radial gradient or auto retouch brush, are highly welcome useful and work exceptionally well.
- Some tools have got a major overhaul [linear gradient comes to mind], making them more flexible.


Sadly some changes aren't that welcome. While the news show/hide/overlay mask is good in itself [and closer to what Photoshoppers have adjusted to], cutting the quick info on selections is stupid; it takes longer now to see if one has inadvertently deleted a selection than before.

Stability is neither worse nor better than with CNX; both can and do crash from time to time. Luckily the conditions for crashes are not really day to day ones [at least they shouldn't be]. Like its predecessor CNX2 has a lot of annoying bugs. The operative here being 'annyoing'. Following is a list of annoyances I found in a week of working with CNX2. Would be nice if we use this thread as a discussion for bugs/annoyances. Corroboration is fine as are 'nope, works here' messages.


Bugs, annoyances so far:

- Quick Fix Levels/Curves does not feature direct numerical input
- individual reset buttons for the Quick Fix sliders would be good
- still no customisable keyboard shortcuts [worse: straighten tool does not have one]
- the Photo Info palette does not save the status of the Watch Points [expanded/collapsed]
- the progress bar [and the program itself] tends to forge itself to the front, obstructing, for instance, parts of a Web page you want to read during longer processes
- using the keyboard to select numbers in input fields now doesn't work at all [<Shift>+<arrow keys>]
- why is the SET file extension shown in the Load Adjustment menus?
- iconsistency: saved adjustment sets cannot be renamed, versions not overwritten [would be nice if I could do both to both]
- one new feature is the labels compatibility choice, allowing CNX2 to recognise labels set with other programs [as long as they are in the NEF file]; unfortunately CNX2 does not recognise labels set with xMedia 2 though the compatibility setting [and close contact between developers] exists. It works the other way round, a label set in CNX2 carries over to xMedia 2



PS: One question about the icons in the file browser bugs me since the very first version of CNX. What are the yellow flashes overlayed on some photos for? They are neither mentioned in the manual[s] nor in Jason Odell's book.
__________________
Dierk Haasis
[DH² Publishing]
Writing and Imaging

Nikon D2x, Nikon D200, Breeze DownloaderPro, Capture NX2, xMedia2, IDimager, Adobe Creative Suite 3
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old June 13th, 2008, 02:50 PM
Chris Lilley Chris Lilley is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Nice, Alpes Maritimes, France
Posts: 36
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dierk Haasis View Post
PS: One question about the icons in the file browser bugs me since the very first version of CNX. What are the yellow flashes overlayed on some photos for? They are neither mentioned in the manual[s] nor in Jason Odell's book.
I believe these are the images which have a saved version in the NX image cache. Although, why that detail would be important enough to show in the file browser is unclear.

Thanks for the review of NX2. I shoot exclusively in RAW on my Nikon, and prefer NX (currently 1.3) to the other converters (Adobe, DxO, raw therapee, ufraw) which I have tried. The slowness, clunky user interface and difficulty to get an added processing step at the right place in the edit list are maddening, but the results seem to me to be superior.

Having to save out to tiff, use Noise Ninja, then read in the filtered tiff is also not the smoothest workflow, but only bites for those images with obtrusive noise, I suppose.

Is it possible to have NX1.3 and NX2 installed at the same time?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old June 13th, 2008, 10:48 PM
Alan Cole Alan Cole is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 18
Default

Chris,
It seems that it is perfectly Ok to have both versions of NX installed at the one time but not, of course, to run both versions similtaneously.
I have successfully used NX2 to open and edit images which were previously created using NX1.3... everything worked without a hitch with all the earlier edit steps displayed.
I am not sure if the reverse is possible tho' as there may be difficulties if Version 1.3 came across a Selection Control Point for example.

Alan Cole
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old June 20th, 2008, 03:34 PM
Dierk Haasis Dierk Haasis is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Hamburg (Germany)
Posts: 548
Default

Another one [good to know!]:

In principle you can load an Adjustment Set into a selection. With CNX2 it is also possible to have several adjustments in one Edit Step, that is with one and the same selection. If you save a step with various adjustments and later load that into an Edit Step consisting only of a selection, only the first adjustment is loaded.

I happened upon this when applying Jason Odell's Skin Softener, which consists of two Gaussian blur subsets, after first adjusting my selection.
__________________
Dierk Haasis
[DH² Publishing]
Writing and Imaging

Nikon D2x, Nikon D200, Breeze DownloaderPro, Capture NX2, xMedia2, IDimager, Adobe Creative Suite 3
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
bugs, capture nx2, nikon, software

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:05 PM.


Posting images or text grants license to OPF, yet © of such remain with its creator. Still, all assembled discussion © 2006-2017 Asher Kelman (all rights reserved) Posts with new theme or unusual image might be moved/copied to a new thread!