ViewNX original is excellent, version 2 maybe not
There are two DIFFERENT products being lumped in these reviews -- ViewNX (the original version), and ViewNX 2. Note that the reviews for version 1 are mostly excellent and the reviews for version 2 are mostly terrible. I have used ViewNX (the original) for years now and it is my favorite utility for viewing, sorting, categorizing and rating photos. It's extremely fast (much faster than Picasa, for example# and its design is just about ideal for the task. I find it intuitive, and it does exactly what I need without being weighted down with unnecessary features. I haven't used it much for editing raw files, so I can't comment on that aspect of the program. The Nikon Transfer program that came with ViewNX is equally simple, fast and cleanly designed. One thing I particularly like is that ViewNX doesn't mess with file directories. You can rearrange your photos with a file manager, for example, and ViewNX usually takes it in stride, unlike other programs that try to guess what you want and #having guessed wrong) then make things worse by obfuscating information about where files actually live. It seems from the other reviews that version 2 was a bad "upgrade," glitchy and slow and poorly designed, but I highly recommend version 1.
June 29, 2013
Best for Nikon RAW images
Adobe bundles are just smoking in the corner, when this thing is making first step in photo editing from RAW to JPEG, best sharpnes details on the photos, when in adobe converter you will get artifacts, here you'll get best quality.
Ease of use, you know what you'll do and if you do right, picture will be juicy, colourfull and sharp.
July 3, 2012
Great easy to use and powerful program
What a great little program, does exactly what you need it to do and can help recover some not so good photos if you are shooting in RAW and happen to have left you camera on the wrong setting.
April 19, 2012
Great review tool
I love how easy ViewNX2 works on my Windows 7 with Intel Core i7 with a 120GB SSD. (Solid State HD).
I love the ability to assign ratings 1 through 9 and Categories 1-5 as I look at 1,000's of images. I frequently ask the client to use ViewNX2 when they review their images. I ask the client to assign the ratings. Then I filter the rating and copy the best images for the client.
The filter is outstanding.
I have not had any of the crashes or slowdowns that other users have complained about.
I don't use ViewNX2 for editing.
I use the delete key; if it is not good in the camera then I didn't do a good job. Smile. I use Photoshop CS5 for editing and Portrait Professional, Ver. 10 for editing faces and skin.
I love when I shoot NEF and JPG that ViewNX2 will assign the ratings to both the NEF (RAW) image and to the JPG image at the same time.
Nikon, thank you for making my live easier!
Love your products.
October 27, 2011
I have used the original and View NX2 and I love them both. I never had any experience with them locking up or crashing, and I was running them on an older,slower computer with 500megs of ram. I dont do batch processing , but for single photoes I'v never had an issue.
June 3, 2011