not sure yet about NX2
I am a software engineer and NX2 looks pretty horrible in terms of a GUI layout . Not sure it will pack any punch at all to motivate me to use it .
Please fix the ugly large GUI specially the panes on the right side and i might just use it. Thank god the camera does the share these traits.
December 2, 2010
Wait until next release
VNX2 has some nice features and is an improvement over the latest v1.5.
But it is buggy, crashes and has display dropouts that has me back to v1.5.2 for first looks at photos. I'll try again with the next release. This one doesn't cut it.
October 4, 2010
Needs further software development.
My PC meets Nikon's suggested tech specs except the dual-core processor is from AMD.
I have used a competitive product since its introduction, now in its 3rd version. I have only two weeks with the trail version of Nikon's ViewNX 2 software product. With that 'grain of salt', I comment...
Big 'plus' on design features: import of NEF from Nikon camera, display of metadata, view movies, upload to Picturetown. Apparently free software with new Nikon cameras.
MUCH slower to load NEF and large jpg files to screen. MUCH slower to process edits than its competitor on the same PC, as in agonizingly slow. Nikon software offers limited edit adjustments but may just be terminology. Some adjustments greyed out as in not available. Could not edit exposure, white balance etc. and no clue why. No before / after comparison. No idea if either software product uses multi-core processing but Nikon is definately slower to process.
Import from camera is fine. Could not find a way to auto-adjust on import for vibrancy, color balance etc. Did not use yet but looks easy to change file names to comply with VIRIN standard, appending increasing image number. Easier to apply comments / caption by photo.
"Help" is not helpful. Use your own wits to figure out how to import from the hard drive; how to export a slideshow to a hard drive or optical media; how to keep your original image and the edited version seperate. Not yet certain where the software stores the original import image. Never figured out how to alter the sequence of images in a slideshow without manipulation of one of the few sort criteria that can be altered. Would prefer a simple drag and drop in bottom film strip view.
Neither product suggests resulting file size when converting an image say for email usage.
Nikon's ViewNX 2 version 2.0.1, running under Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit, is the only software product I have that crashed the operating system. That usually occurs when attempting to view a 'slideshow'. Competitor's product "lost": its thumbnails under Vista and I then learned how poor its off-shore suppport is for such an expensive software product.
I do not see any native support for social media (You Tube, Facebook). so you are committed to PictureTown. Windows 7 has no native support for NEF or MOV viewing.
So, initial impression is ViewNX 2 needs more development to favorably compare with at least one competitor. "Hey" it is free if you buy a new Nikon camera!
September 20, 2010
Very bad software
Has very few features, the White Balance tool is a joke, doesn´t work properly in a network, non intuitive interface.
Great Hardware . Terrible Software, is not a good combo.
November 2, 2013
Refuses to work on wine (1.4 on precise pangolin)
ViewNX window locks up (process state R), and the movie editor crashes trying to open the first movie file. What I don't understand is why there is no version usable on *nix OS types when there is a MacOS version.
December 14, 2012
Nikon doesn't care
View NX2 does not work with my new Nikon D3200 for editing images. It does work with my D700 images. I posted a question to the 'Ask Nikon' page and got a huge runaround - including the suggestion that I should reconfigure my computer - then they "Solved" my question without any input from me, and without View NX2 ever working with my D3200 images. So; my D700 works with Nikon Transfer, Nikon View NX2, and Capture NX2 and my D3200 works with Nikon Transfer and Nikon Capture NX2 but not Nikon View NX2. My conclusion is that Nikon View NX2 is not compatible with the Nikon D3200 and Nikon doesn't care. Nikon Capture NX2 does work with my D3200 images - but if that is the only viable solution, Nikon needs to provide that program to D3200 users for free.
October 16, 2012
lack of what's promised
I only have ONE major complaint. The promise of this software is that you can render in the computer what you can render in camera. That promise fails when RAW files do not render JPEGs the same way the camera does. When decoding RAW files, much detail becomes dark and lost, and there's a green tint over the whole image (specially on skin), the render looks nothing like the jpeg produced by the camera. To me this is a failed promise. If I don't shoot RAW+JPEG, I lose the camera embedded options forever. If not fixed, there's no point in using any of the nikon software.
October 9, 2012
When the first image is loaded, the message "windows has encountered a problem and needs to close." The program then closes. I have tried this on two computers with the same result. Nikon, don't expect me to even consider your other software products.
September 27, 2012
Messed up a lot of my pictures
I downloaded this software to my Mac with my new camera, a Coolpix p510. The camera is amazing but the software is far from it. I decided to copy over a lot of photos from my iPhoto library. I thought nothing of it only to see what the editing features were. A while later, a went back and looked through my pictures on iPhoto. The greater portion of what I had copied over where completely messed up. (But I didn't realize then that ViewNX2 was what caused the problem) The files were there but I was unable to insert the pictures into documents, view them in Preview, etc. The thumbnails where corrupted for some reason. Later, I copied some more photos over to ViewNX2 and went back to my iPhoto, only to find that I couldn't view some of them. I then figured out that the Nikon software had corrupted my picture thumbnails and it wasn't iPhoto.
If you own a Mac and plan to edit/view pictures that are in multiple programs, I do not suggest this software. I would use only ViewNX2 or no ViewNX because it is not very compatible.
September 5, 2012
"unexpected" error my foot
I am so happy every time 2.3.1 manages to convert, say 100 or 150 NEFs before encountering an "unexpected error". God knows I expect it! That plus the totally Martian GUI makes me (and no doubt my computer) always feel much more clean when I can finally convert that last 50 files and close the abomination.
August 29, 2012
Although it's free it costs me money with Time
This program is GREAT, except for the amount of time it takes to render files. Edit, Convert and save can take days, especially when the program crashes every 5 photos or so causing you to force close and reopen, then reedit what you have already done. I love everything about Nikon....except this program and the fact that if you want to truly see what you shot, how you shot it, you need this program. Every other software out there, including PS and LR render the images to their specs and not the proprietary Nikon settings. This needs an update and bad!
August 13, 2012
I can't get my nikon viewnx2 to load. It stops when it hits the screen that says
"I accept these terms," except that the box isn't big enough to let it be displayed.
I had the same problem with a D50 camera, except they practically had
I'm going to look for a 3rd party software that will let me use the camera
July 4, 2012
No option to install on a drive other than C - my C drive is a small flash drive with no space for large programs.
March 31, 2012
Terrible piece of sw keep away
I have been using this terrible sw for quite some time. It is terrible. It crashes all the time and it is unstable. There is an underlying threading model that never works. Tonight I lost one month of work. I was renaming the files in a folder and as I thought renaming was over, I clicked another folder to see the contents. When I wanted to go bak to the original folder, it was gone! Deleted forever! I tried to recover the lost filles and found some, of which many were named as per first folder while the image was from the second! They must be using the filmstrip to get the names this thing operates upon! I will NEVER use it again.
January 24, 2012
Appears good, works bad
I was impressed with this piece of software when I first started to use it. After using it for several everyday tasks, I have found what, to most photographers, will be a fatal flaw. This software will not let you save a file to any size but low. If your only interest in photography is to plaster it on Facebook, this should work for you. But any desire to use this software for serious work, you will end up frustrated. When I spend $5000+ on a camera, and the largest file size I can end up creating is a 1.5MG file, I am not going to be able to make use of that image.
This software will satisfy the candy pop teen who wants to do basic editing and then post a file as good as your smart phone can. Sadly, to get usable or printable results you will want to buy another more effective piece of software.
December 4, 2011
Hate It!! I used picture perfect before this and it is much easier and set up better. I would continue to use picture perfect but not compatable with windows 7. Unable to edit in windows 7. I guess I need to go buy new software. Nikon should provide a better product. Can someone tell me how to burn a disc from ViewNX 2?
August 9, 2011
Received a D3100 for Christmas but have to go to Wall-mart to print out my pictures. The software will not work on my computer-shuts down when I use it. Nikon has been no help-they just keep asking for information on cpu. using e-mail. They should refund the price of the software. Great Camera though.Fantastic pictures.
August 1, 2011
very clunky and poorly laid out
I can't quite get over the fact that someone said rotating was not lossless, and if anyone is serious about image quality they are not going to want that. but first and foremost I have the problem of not being able to read the input field on the rightside panel. It says La where it should say Label, Keyw which I suppose is keywords. Ra which I suppose is rating. How basic things like this kind of layout are done wrong makes me think this is not a program to trust with my images. Picture Project was a much better program, if simpler. For major editing I use Photoshop anyway. I only used Picture Project to import from my camera, and make minor adjustments. In addition if you read the "read me" file about the transfer of images, you will see that it doesn't always file images as date shot even if that is what you chose but as date modified. Then file names can be out of order if you use the continuous shoot mode on your camera. ????? It's almost as if no photographers were part of the making of this software. I am truly disappointed as my Nikon cameras and lenses are of such great quality I would have expected the same of the software. At least go back and update picture project so we can continue to use it. It was a nice idea to have the focal points, and to be able to add gps, but a nice idea doesn't make nice software. It seems to me that they wanted this to look more like Photoshop so they scaled down the font and made it harder to see and a darker grey. That is actually one of the things I don't appreciate about Photoshop or Lightroom. I would love to be able to have a friendlier interface like Picture Project 1.6 with a properly executed NX3. The points I outlined above are dealbreakers for my workflow. Can't use it.
June 28, 2011
I just installed this viewer for my new D3100,
It is very slow. I'd give it no stars if I could and some colorful language. I don't like that it automatically imports all the files on my pc.That further slows it down.I wish I could choose what files to work with. Very VERY slow browsing through photos. Very limited editing capabilities.It takes several minutes to convert a single file, Forget That!
If I had known that Nikon's "Raw" image file however better in quality is not actually a file type easily dealt with, I might have bought a cannon.
June 1, 2011
Use with Caution!
As much as I want to like ViewNX 2, I just can't bring myself to trust it. It will by default overwrite your original images if you make adjustments (knowingly or not) to an image and save. It does not prompt or warn that it will overwrite existing files!!! READ THAT CAREFULLY. Secondly, when it does overwrite existing JPEG images they will be at a grossly reduced image quality (again, by default). Original images will be chroma subsampled to 4:2:0 (half their original) and JPEG quantization quality reduced (e.g. if the original image was 93 quality, it will be reduced to 80). Nikon seriously needs some new software designers who know the fundamentals of the JPEG file format, and what quality looks like!
May 6, 2011
Free raw editors like RawTherapy outperforms ViewNx2 in terms of speed and features.
Complete lack of noise reduction (and other in camera adjustments) makes ViewNX 2 useless.
If Nikon respect there customers, should provide a decent and faster viewer/light processor.
March 28, 2011
Wait Until Bug Fix
I was looking forward to using VNX2 in my workflow with some of the new enhancements over VNX. But, and this is a big one, it won't save edit steps despite several attempts. Even after the dialogue box opens and asks if I want to save them before I move to another image, it won't save them. I have reported this bug to Nikon and they have been able to duplicate it. They sent the report to the mother ship in Japan but the reply was, we'll work on it but there won't be an update anytime soon. So I'm back to VNX 1.5.2 for the time being. My recommendation is don't bother with this version until they fix the bugs.
February 18, 2011
Not Ready for Release
Installation went easy and smooth. Added features are nice and thougthful. Unfortunately it is full of bugs. Basic programming tasks like freeing memory allocation after exit of the program or correct display of the pictures are mishandled.
Overall good ideas and poor execution. Went back to version 1.5, which has same issues but at least can show the pictures.
Both programs are memory/ressource hogs may possibly run better on W7 OS and 8gigs RAM. Compared to PS CS5 slow like a turtle. Low price ( zero) and its ability to recognize in-camera picture control settings even in RAW( no other program does this as of today) may still make this an important but buggy tool for amateurs and professionals who like the Nikon Raw format.
Low program performance makes me thinking twice before buying Capture NX or other Nikon software - those may have the same issues.
I use it only to convert RAW to JPEG, which works ok for smaller picture sets <100. Above that limit errors stop ViewNX.
Sorry, I like Nikon cameras - not this program.
December 23, 2010