Giving me just what I want!
I really like this over iphoto for opening a raw image!
October 27, 2010
Obviously I have not spent much time on it so far.
Crop and straighten are good additions it appears much faster to edit NEF, still uses a lot of memory but seems smoother.
August 20, 2010
Suits my needs
With 5 months into taking photography past the point-n-shoot world, this program is more than suifficient for my needs. It's a decent sorting program (file structure function and viewing panels) and I like the sorting tools, metadata input and relative ease of use. Frankly I've never used any of the editing tools...which I'm sure are great...I do my editing in NX2. As for all the talk of crashing? I have no idea where this is coming from. I'm using V. 1.5.2 and it's been crash free. I've never lost a pic or a pixel to my knowledge. A grand program for free. For those that have higher expectations, have at it with other programs. But for my needs at my experience level, I'm sold on my D90 and the Nikon software.
September 21, 2010
Overall Pretty Good - A couple of bugs though
Overall I like the new version of ViewNX2 (2.0.1). For me, during the spring & summer at least, I shoot a lot of my son's High School baseball games. So I need a tool that allows me to process several hundred images from each shoot, while at the same time making modest corrections to each (i.e. mostly crop, straighten, and reduce for web posting - I don't otherwise have the time to tweak & adjust every image to absolute perfection in a more advanced editor). So the addition of the crop & straighten tools in 2.0.1 are very welcome, especially because they are available right from the main browser window. I don't have to go into another editor (e.g. Develop in LR3) to access them . The other adjustments that I may occasionally use (sharpness, brightness, etc) are all sufficient for me for these kinds of shoots. One bug that I have found though is with Slideshow - the transitions (e.g. fade, slide, wipe) don't work. I called Nikon tech support and they confirmed this is a bug which will be fixed in the next release. Otherwise, from time to time, the program bombs - a message box comes up with something to the effect of "Nikon ViewNX2 has stopped working....". This happens on both my computers (one w/ Vista, the other with 7-professional). I also have LR3, which is a great program for cataloging/sorting/finding/keywording/etc, but it's much slower at doing the few modest things I need to do - which is basic crop/straighten/reduce for hundreds of baseball images at a time.
September 19, 2010
Excellent - almost
Great program for reviewing images to edit and/or delete - batch processing... The only problem I have encountered is that sometimes the focus point does not show...
July 30, 2010
The bet quality output, poor quality interface and user experience
It's amazing how Nikon can make such great cameras but be let down by the crucial editing stage. This software is clunky, ugly, crashes and can be a memory hog/leak, even on a top spec PC. I regularly need to filter from thousands of shots (weddings) to a few hundred. Unfortunately I am forced to use this 90's throwback software interface because Lightroom just can't come close in terms of colours and tone that NX2 gets. Why oh why a huge company like Nikon investing millions in hardware can't spend some petty cash on the software side - mainly the look and feel - is unbelievable. Nikon need to do some very simple market research with it's customers, one to one with a range of users in their own home or work environment with users of this software to work out how to make software flow better. E.g make multiple conversions as simple as 'copy and paste', minimise clicks, stop necessary 'processing - please wait' time etc. Please also re-think why there is a separate 'Picture Control' feature, here and on cameras - pictures should be controlled from the RAW conversion software (contrast, brightness etc), not interfered with by another process designed for those who want to do their edits in-camera.
If you only have a few dozen photos to edit at any one time this software is fine. Indeed, the colours and tone are great as I say. But for hundreds of shots I find it actually quicker to do simple RAW conversions from NX2 and then finish (crop, sharpen, add effects like vignettes etc) in Lightroom.
December 27, 2012
OK, not quite as good as ViewNX 1
I have been using ViewNX for about a year and decided to try ViewNX 2 to see if it was an improvement. I use this program primarily for selecting publishable images from large collections (e.g., 800 pictures of a game, pick 20 to print). I have never used any of the editing features.
After trying ViewNX 2 for a few days, I have gone back to ViewNX 1. I did like the sliding side panels for directory and image information. The category selectors were better, far easier to tell if a picture had a category.
However, the user interface didn't improve and got worse. My primary gripe is that there is no (none!) key press to set a tag. You *must* click a button for every tag added. I add a lot of tags which makes this a big problem. It also turns you can no longer use the arrow keys to move between images if you click the category selector. I spend most of my time in ViewNX clicking that and arrowing between pictures. Now I have to navigate over to the "next picture" button and back to the category selectors *on every picture*, rather than just leaving the mouse on my current category.
Nikon would do a lot better to focus on usability issues like that rather than slapping in fancy features.
October 27, 2010
The program works pretty well thought it does not let me adjust individual color levels and when it converts formats it increases contrast.
February 26, 2012
Great when it works
ViewNX is great...when/if it works properly. Currently, it has many flaws. For instance, I will be editing photos (NEF) after 5 or 6, ViewNX pops up a message that it cannot understand NEF files. Ironically the RAW file developed by Nikon. Or, when batch processing (tags, setting, etc) it edits a few then stops working. And don't even get me started on it just randomly not saving the files.
It would be fine if these problems happened once every blue moon, but no, they occur almost 90% of the time I try to use ViewNX.
I decided to finally write this review after having my most recent trouble, ViewNX not even opening even though it was working yesterday (and no, I did not install or change anything to my computer)
January 4, 2012
Worked for awhile
I thought it was great for a quick edit , but then it started locking up and now it happens more frequently. Have to go into my Task Manger and shut it down in order to use my computer... It could be a good program, just this Locking up just isn't worth using it anymore...
August 9, 2011
Corrupts images when it crashes, which happens way too frequently. Viewing and editing controls are quite clunky.
September 9, 2010
There is better to be had
Why go cheap and cut down on the real value in images sorting-viewing-software. With PhotoshopCS5-Bridge having expanding capabilities, this is no longer is a useful package.
Have a pricey camera? Dont go cheap on software and lose a single pixel of data.
September 5, 2010
The software is too slow, has very few features, Canon free software is much better and more easy to use.
WB tool is very basic and does not allow a very effective color correction, very frustrating trying to make WB corrections using a gray point because it provides no information on the color temperature which is very important to know. I believe that this limitation is made on purpose to force you to buy the software Capture NX.
However it is the best software to make the conversion from NEF to jpg.
I'm seriously considering buying Canon by the limitations of this software.
November 23, 2012
Fast but Color....
This is a very fast software which runs smoothly and it converts RAW files to JPEG very quickly.
The problem I have is it has different color from the other photo editing software I have, the Aftershot Pro, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and Photoshop CS5.
September 10, 2012
Loosing picture size on simple editing.
Own a D7000, and got the software with it. I liked the product, easy to manage my pictures etc. But when I edit a picture, even a simple edit (red eyes, for ex) my pictures loose 75% in size. Could not find anything about that in the help. Could not find an option or preference where it is mention.
For example: an original picture of 6.9 Meg become 1,4 Meg after a small horizon correction.
Do I loose quality in the picture, what do I loose ????
March 25, 2012
a giant step backward
This was their answer to Nikonview after my being "wowed" by Vista.. what a letdown. For most everyday editing, nikon view was the best and simplest photo software I ever used. Hope the person who decided to replace nikon view with this is working for someone else for Nikons' sake. It's total junk.. I deleted it and hope my computer with XP never dies.. to bad I have to give this one star to write the review. not really even worth one star. IMHO
February 27, 2012
It used to work fine on my pc and older mac, it's been crashing right after I try to open it on my newer mac.
February 18, 2012
I thought this was a great program UNTIL it crashed and I lost ALL of my photos. As a photographer I have clients work along with personal work and if I did not have everything backed up to my hard drive or if my mac didnt save all the pictures I would be out 1000+ images. I will NEVER use or trust this software and do not recommend it at all!
January 19, 2012
Crashed when selecting any folder with images in it
I am running Win 7 x64 Pro SP2 with 4GB Ram and as the title states I cannot even get it to load images without crashing. Not much more to say. I would like to try all the features (I just got my D5100 last week), but that can't happen when it won't load images.
January 1, 2012
too slow, too crashy
came with the camera, installed, tried, got mad, updated, no improvement, uninstalled. dont want it even for free. its way too slow and crashes often. sometimes hangs even at change of picture control. makes bad name for nikon. fortunately, their hardware is good. better results received with in-camera nef processing.
May 31, 2011