Nikon this morning has posted Nikon Capture 4.4 for Windows and Mac. The primary change in the new release is support for NEFs taken with the D200. The release notes also indicate an improvement in highlight detail when applying negative exposure compensation (the new version does appear to be doing highlight recovery much more effectively), a new black and white option in the Color Mode menu and other unspecified feature additions and feature tweaks.
Follow one of the links below to download:
If you've had to jump through several flaming hoops to get earlier versions of Nikon Capture 4 and all the related updates installed successfully, 4.4 has been prepped for download as a full installer that doesn't require a previous 4.x version to be present for the install to proceed. This alone makes the new release of Capture a welcome update, even for those not planning on a D200 purchase. Note that you must have a newer-style numeric serial number, not the phrase-based type Nikon employed prior to Capture 4.2, to start the installation process with 4.4. Starting from scratch with the v4.4 installer, and a serial number issued to us with v4.2.1, we were able to successfully install and license the software on both Mac and Windows systems.
Version 4.4, when installed using the installers linked to above, will operate in a fully-functioning 30-day trial mode until registered. Nikon Asia's support site has also been updated to include the newest version of Capture, but they appear to be updaters only that require a recent version of Capture be present on your system. We presume that Nikon Europe's support site also has Capture 4.4 available, though it requires a European Nikon product registration for access.
Nikon has simultaneously posted a v4.4.1 updater for the Mac (not Windows), to correct an error that impacts the use of the program on OS 9 systems:
Nikon Capture 4.4.1 updater for Mac (Nikon USA)
Nikon Capture 4.4.1 updater for Mac (Nikon Canada)
Thanks to Alan Gerard for bringing the release of Capture 4.4 to our attention.
• Added a link to an example of Capture 4.4's improved highlight recovery (December 15, 2005)