Nikon today has announced Capture NX, a major retooling of its flagship NEF processing application, as well as a new version of its longtime photo browser called View Pro.
Capture NX for Windows and Mac appears to be the first application to emerge from the recently-announced partnership between Nikon and Nik Software. It's the follow-on to Capture 4.4, but bears little resemblance to the application it replaces. Major features of Capture NX include:
- An all-new interface.
- A new browser window in which instruction set changes can quickly be applied to batches of thumbnails.
- The ability to select portions of an image based on colour or tone using a new technology called U Point or with the new Selective Application Brush, Lasso, Marquee and other new tools. U Point selections can be saved into the NEF file as part of its instruction set and recalled later.
- Remove, alter or duplicate any edit step in the new Edit List, which is a history of the adjustments made to a photo.
- The option to soft-proof photos on-screen, to better anticipate how a photo will print.
- Improved batch processing, relative to Capture.
Nikon Capture NX (Screenshot courtesy Nikon)
Capture NX is slated for release in the spring of 2006. Pricing, including the cost of upgrading from Capture to Capture NX, is to be announced closer to the release date.
Faster browsing of NEFs and other formats, a new IPTC editor, multiple photo display modes, image labeling, FTP transfer from within the application and integration with Capture NX are the key features of View Pro. Like Capture NX, View Pro is to ship in spring 2006, with details regarding pricing to be announced ahead of the ship date.
Nikon View Pro (Screenshot courtesy Nikon)
Both Capture NX and View Pro will be shown in Nikon's booth at the PMA 2006 trade show in Orlando, Florida from February 26 - March 1, 2006.