It is what it is.
A very good program for viewing your Nikon (NEF) images. It's not meant to be Photoshop CS5! For viewing, rating, and minor editing it does a great job. It is a great second step in my work-flow before I proceed to PS RAW and/or CaptureNX for more advanced editing
November 26, 2011
It is a good product, easy upload from the camera. All my pics are in NEF format and I can read and edit there convert and e-mail or upload. Simple and easy. Also you can open directly the pictures with NX2 for more serious editing work. Basically it is similar interface as Adobe's bridge but can do a little more. Also very useful is all the information that is used. Another similar product is Apple's Photo.
November 10, 2011
I can't believe the other reviews. I'm running this program in both 7 and Vista 32-bit environments, without a single hiccup. I even went so far as to swap the program icon for the much-cooler ViewNX grid-and-sphere without fuss. Very fast startup, excellent dual-monitor support, wide range of adjsutment tools, and great layout. I've used the new Adobe Lightroom which is outstanding, but if the NR in ViewNX2 was as good, I would deem it the better product. RAW processing engine is superior to Adobe's, and layout is very similiar in concept. After using this program for a week, I realized my workflow was much more efficient and the toolset gave me everything I needed for 95% of my editing, so as a result, PS gets opened about twice a month. I shoot much like I did in the days of film, getting things right IN-CAMERA, so being able to batch process my "rolls" of film makes things ridiculously easy. I would really like to spring for Lightroom, but honestly, doing so is basically paying $200 to trade RAW processing for excellent NR. No thanks. In my opinion, Nikon hit this one out of the park, sorely needed in light of their previous software offerings. 5 Stars, hands down.
September 11, 2011
I don't understand why so many are bashing this program. I installed it on my HP laptop with Win7/64bit and 4 gb Ram and it works great. I like it a lot. It is very similiar to my Corel Photoshop and they will work well together.
Keep up the good work Nikon(by the way,...I love my new D3100!)
March 16, 2011
Very good product
I down loaded View NX2 (upgrade) and have had no problems with it at all. I use this program to adjust the basic contrast, sharpness, color, and brightness. I use the program to convert my RAW files to JPEG. It works exactly as it should. No problems. I'm usuing a D300s and when I put my CF card into my computer slot, it goes to Nikon Transfer then automatically goes to View NX2 showing my photos ready to edit. What could be easier? Great program.
February 20, 2011
Very good and free
Very good software, free and fast. Very easy to use too.
September 24, 2010
Wonderful, great, awsome product. Good job Nikon
I recently upgraded from my F3 to a D700 and started evaluating 2 of the best known photo imaging tools, I will not mention any names at this time, then I saw Nikon's ViewNX 2 and decided to download it. What a surprise when I opened some of my pictures. I did a side by side comparison to reach my conclusion. Nikon ViewNX 2 is the undisputed winner. Why use anything else.
September 21, 2010
Download and install smooth and easy on my Mac Pro. Opens and runs smoothly. Has enough tools to quickly edit and then a smooth integration into uploading to PictureTown.
Great job Nikon. With this kind of ViewNX2 I can hardly wait for you to get Capture NX3 ready for release, even if I will have to pay for it.
August 29, 2010
Great when it doesn't CRASH
This program takes longer to open than Photoshop CS6! When it works, it's great to cull images, rename and resize images and also emailing images is a great tool also. This is the first and last step in my work flow. Also great to see image meta data except it does not show the ISO you used after the NEF's are processed with which is a bummer. Overall a very good free program.
May 6, 2014
review off software
the software does not work on my computer it wont allouw me to download the pics on to the computer
April 7, 2013
Good basic RAW workflow tool, will not disable D-Lighting
ViewNX 2 is a good basic raw workflow tool. I've noticed that it often displays the "Neutral" picture control for NEF or NRW images by default. This can be remedied by opening the pulldown and reselecting the "recorded value".
The D-Lighting control is somewhat misleading. It starts at "0", regardless of the camera setting, and only allows increasing the processing. If you want to start with no D-Lighting, you have to either use a different software, or disable it in the camera.
The Geo Tag feature is nice, and applies the location data to images in a manner that most other software understands. Some other free tools are not as general
December 24, 2012
Great for Raw
Viewnx is great for viewing and editing net files from my D90, then converting them to tiff or jpeg. Another great feature is that you can add geotag info to the image. The only problem us that the features are pretty limited. It Could use a few more...
May 10, 2011
Be aware of its limitations
I like ViewNX2 a lot, especially its geotagging features, but never use it for JPEG image rotation and cropping because those functions are not lossless. Rotate and save (or crop and save) your images in ViewNX2 and they are are not going to be the same quality as your originals. I would say it is rather inexcusable that these (very basic) functions are not lossless. So be aware, and use some other tool for those two functions. The defacto tool for this is Jpegcrop, and (fortunately) its very easy to use.
May 5, 2011
If you havent, you should!
View NX2 with my D7000 is great! The latest update shows a leap forward in performance and capability as well, which may be good signs of things to come, if NX 3 ever arrives. I havent been sold on Capture NX2, I would go Lightroom if I was ready to buy, Id give up a little quality for all of the organizational and archival power. If NX3 has 64-bit performance, I might give it a try after seeing some of the View NX2 results. Sharpening specifically seemed much improved from the older version I got with my D90, and free video support, no hating there. Until then, View NX2 will be my lightweight hitter for the masses, and Gimp for the heavy lifting.
March 20, 2011
Very good ... but with bugs!
Has major improvements over version 1.5, this much better to use and with the addition of the Crop is perfect! It has a bug when using full screen on secondary display, 20 display after it no longer appears in the picture.
The shuttle 2 is perfect, actually an extremely useful tool for workflow!
October 25, 2010
Overall Pretty Good - A Couple 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 20, 2010
Great improvement over ViewNX
Layout improves work flow. Very intuitive to use the Crop feature works well and is convenient. Appears to be more stable than its predecessor. It goes without saying that no other software handles NEF files better then Nikon.
Would like to see the interface incorporated in to CaptureNX.
August 29, 2010
No Search Function Is A Major Flaw
I just don't understand why they have left off the ability to search for images on your hard drive based on metadata, like keywords. To me this is a major flaw and may force me to switch to Lightroom. I hate to have to do that because I would rather stick to Nikon products, but, this is ridiculous.
April 20, 2013
Too many problems!
I've been using this software for about 2 years, and I've had multiple problems with it. It unexpectedly quits, stops responding, and now it won't let me delete or edit any of the photographs that I've just uploaded from my camera. I'm not very good with technology for a teenager, so I'm not sure if it's me or the software, but I've had many problems with it. There are better ones out there.
May 27, 2012
Nice, but won't save movies in mpeg or wmv...only mov
Product will not save video from my Nikon 1 V1 in mpeg or wmv format...only .mov format, unless someone can show me otherwise.
January 26, 2012
An interesting, useful feature
I love the fact that this product can show focus points used on each shot. I am primarily a CS5 (PhotoShop) user but I take peeks at my raw files in ViewNX when I'm confused about a photo's features. I also like the very easy way that I can find blocked under/over exposures. I am not impressed with other ViewNX features and feel that the implementation and interface design is rather clumsy -- it's what software engineers call "designed by a suit". However, I will continue to load the product so that I can take a peek at how I confused my self.
June 1, 2011
Good Improvement but still needs help
ViewNX 2 is an improvement over the first NX in aesthetics but I get a lot of program crashes still when I collapse folders on the left side of the screen. I am using running the Mac version.
May 23, 2011
works ok but..
i had the previous version of ViewNX2 and it worked well however the updated version wasn't converting .raw files to .jpgs without crashing so i went back to ViewNX and it works fine.
the error may be caused by my unchecking "open on default when camera is plugged in"?..i use lightroom for that.
i'll go back and try again tonight and see if i get the same results.
January 3, 2011
A small bug
When I try to geotag a photo to the town Honfleur, France, the tag is created in the ocean to the west of Honfleur.
In general I think that the software is fairly good. It has crashed on my once or twice but those are growing pains and I am sure that it will be sorted out within the next few patches/releases.
I am currently working on a Win7 64bit system with a dual core processor and 4gig ram. Performance is fairly good. Especially since my image files are also quite large.
September 16, 2010
Great When It Works
Pro: This is a great tool for viewing Nikon .NEF files - when it works
1) If I edit a file using NX 2 and then attempt to open it in Lightroom, the file cannot be read.
2) NX 2 now crashes on my 3-month old iMac desktop computer every time I open it and point it to where my .NEF files are. Removing & reinstalling makes no difference. So as a result I cannot use it to view .NEF file imports.
April 28, 2013
the older versions seemed to flow better compared to the newer version. this one is a bit slow in updating images stored either on the hard drive or a back up device.
April 27, 2012
You would think they would have figured it out by now...
As far as the function and intuitiveness is concerned, ViewNX 2 isn't bad (although ViewNX was better). It would be great for viewing, organizing, sorting, etc, but unfortunately has always been held back by its bugginess and instability. I've used every release of NX and NX2 since 2004, on 5 or 6 different computers, and have always issues with it locking up, crashing, and/or certain features just quit working, permanently (reinstalls fix nothing). I like the software in theory (better than Lightroom for organizing, etc), but it can be very frustrating.
April 15, 2012
nice features but keeps crashing
I like View NX2 (v 2.2.5 on Mac 10.6.8), but unfortunatelly the only thing I can do with it is:
- browse, view
- open another application
When I try to edit/crop/re-expose/anything any RAW image, I get a crash of the application...
iMac-de-Olivier:~ ikal$ ls -ltr /Users/ikal/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ViewNX\ 2_2012-0*
-rw-------@ 1 ikal staff 45986 Feb 6 20:53 /Users/ikal/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ViewNX 2_2012-02-06-205321_iMac-de-Olivier.crash
-rw-------@ 1 ikal staff 45208 Feb 6 20:54 /Users/ikal/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ViewNX 2_2012-02-06-205410_iMac-de-Olivier.crash
-rw-------@ 1 ikal staff 48559 Feb 6 21:05 /Users/ikal/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ViewNX 2_2012-02-06-210538_iMac-de-Olivier.crash
-rw-------@ 1 ikal staff 46214 Feb 7 16:28 /Users/ikal/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ViewNX 2_2012-02-07-162808_iMac-de-Olivier.crash
-rw-------@ 1 ikal staff 45987 Feb 7 17:00 /Users/ikal/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ViewNX 2_2012-02-07-170058_iMac-de-Olivier.crash
-rw-------@ 1 ikal staff 46214 Feb 7 17:03 /Users/ikal/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ViewNX 2_2012-02-07-170332_iMac-de-Olivier.crash
-rw-------@ 1 ikal staff 46691 Feb 7 17:06 /Users/ikal/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ViewNX 2_2012-02-07-170630_iMac-de-Olivier.crash
Would be a great product if stable !
February 7, 2012
Does not work with iPhone iOS5... :-(
It was a wonderful one-stop-shop photo / video download software for all my digital cameras (including my D40, some coolpix, and my iPhones), until my iPhone was upgraded to iOS 5.0.
Can you please fix the software so that it can work with iOS 5.0? I really hate to see that I have to use a different software for my iPhones and a different one for my Nikon cameras.
Thanks a lot!
December 30, 2011
Pictures Good - Quick Time Bad
I have tried to deal with just loading down ViewNX 2 unfortunately it wants to install the junk program QuickTime and message centre neither of which I want on my computer.
May 18, 2011