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Nikon posts Capture 4.1 updater  
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 | by Eamon Hickey

Nikon subsidiaries in the U.S. and Europe have posted Nikon Capture 4.1 Updater for both Windows (98/ME/NT/2000/XP) and Mac (OS 9.0.4 or later, OS 10.1.3 or later). This software updates already installed versions of Nikon Capture v4.0 to v4.1. The update is free to registered users of Capture 4 and also works on the 30-day trial version of that program.

The update boasts many new features, including compatibility with D70 compressed RAW (.NEF) files and Coolpix 8700 RAW files. Other notable additions are:

  • A new save dialog box that enables background saving (in Windows NT/2000/XP and Mac OS X only), allows save operations to be paused or stopped, and shows extensive information about saves in progress.
  • A new "save and open in" function that saves an image out of Capture and then immediately opens it in a user-designated program (e.g. Photoshop).
  • A "multi-image" window, designed to streamline the browsing/editing workflow, that displays a strip of thumbnails from a designated folder above the single-image editing window.
  • Additional color modes, designated Ia and IIIa, that are more saturated versions of the pre-existing sRGB color modes I and III.
  • Additional tone compensation curves, designated "medium low" and "medium high".
  • An LCH editor, borrowed from Nikon's scanner software, that lets you edit an image using Luminance, Chroma, and Hue channels.
  • A "color booster" tool that increases color saturation. It operates in either "people" or "landscape" mode, modifying the range of colors that are adjusted and the intensity of the saturation increase according to which mode is chosen.
  • A moiré reduction tool with four intensity settings for reducing color moiré.
  • The "open in Photoshop" button on the Quick Tools palette now supports the transfer of images to Photoshop CS.
  • Compatibility with nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 for Nikon Capture 4 plug-ins.

Version 4.1 is also faster than v4.0, according to Steve Heiner, General Manager of Digital SLRs for Nikon Inc. (USA). The speed boost appears to be fairly modest (at least in preliminary testing.)

The entire set of new features, with instructions on their use, is detailed in this PDF document.

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