Is there any benefit to using Nikon's other software if I am using NX Capture Pro 2? I use Photo Mechanic for photo transfers. I read that NX View will speed up workflow, just as description, nothing in depth.
Many people especially Danny swear by Photo Mechanic and it certainly is a good piece of SW. For those of us who have not sprung for PM, Nikon Transfer and Nikon View offer many advantages as free software. When I stck my CF card in my card reader, it opens Transfer and I copy all the files off the card and store the Raw images on two separate hard drives at the same time. I can define the locations and even assign new folders if I want and I can also have Transfer change the name of the files as they are imported and can even tell it which EXIF data I want transferred as well. Once that transfer is done, Transfer automatically closes, and Nikon View opens. I use View as I can easily get full screen previews where I can rank my images. When I am done I sort the images by rank and then pick an image and select open in Capture NX and the file opens Capture NX and I do my post processing and additions to EXIF data there. I save my processed file as a new file in a processed image folder on my hard drive. If I want to do anything further in Photoshop I click on open with, which has been set to automatically open Photoshop CS4 extended and Capture NX moves a 16 bit TIF there. So you get a very nice integrated flow.
Hi Bob- Thanks for the in depth explanation. You have been extremely helpful in your responses to my recent posts. That is really helpful in understanding how the different parts fit together. The one thing related to the workflow process you do is, have you found a way to keep the browser panel open while opening an image and the panel remains docked? It is not a huge deal now that I found if I un-dock the panel, but would be nicer if that was avoidable.
Sat 03-Apr-10 05:03 PM | edited Sat 03-Apr-10 05:05 PM by robsb
Doug I normally open my images through View NX. When I do open an image in NX2 through its browser, I don't keep the panel open, so I have not observed your issue. Is there a reason that you want to keep it open in a docked position rather than floating? PS, in my post I had said I can select EXIF data to transfer, I meant XMP/ITPC data.
Hi Bob, Thanks for the follow up. I only want to keep it docked to keep the desktop workspace as clean and orderly as possible. I am working w/ a single monitor so real estate is limited and a premium.