Capture NX-2 So Long Old Friend
NX2 no raw updates
My once great editing tool is no longer able to open my D810 raw image files. At first I thought I needed to upgrade for D810 support, but soon found out there is no support for the newer raw files. Rumor has it the reason for this is the underlying technologies that once made NX 2 so wonderful to use, such as the ability to heal, spot remove, adjust brightness and contrast, color, saturation, sharpness to any area of an image, plus not to mention access to the raw files for editing; these technologies were from a company called NIK software who in its day sold the license to Nikon to use in NX 2 thus making NX 2 great. You could even buy add on's from NIK for NX 2 such as their Color Efex Pro line which are some of the best filters available. Seems, good ole Google bought out NIK and Google re-branded the product as Google Nike Collection.
So, apparently the ability of Nikon to carry on with NX 2 was dealt a blow by the take over of NIK by Google. The good news (for some) is that Google offers the entire suite / collection for $149.00 this is a big win. NIK's pricing was much much more expensive. I guess having deep Google pockets does have some benefits to consumers.
You can now get your collection as add on's for Lightroom or Photoshop - but RAW support is where the big problem is.
Nikon addresses this by offering their new Capture NX D software - Which is a bad attempt at trying to replace NX2''s raw support with the control point editing it had. The big problem with Capture NX D is the layout and interface, dark and non modifiable. Plus Capture NX D has very limited overall editing as compared to what it is replacing.
Anyway I though I would share my discovery and I plan on writing a review of the NX D soon.
So long NX 2 - you were my go to editor for my old D800.
Not so fast: Good news is Capture NX 2 supports the Nikon 1 V3 raw files.