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JerryLoSardo Silver Member Charter MemberFri 04-Nov-11 09:53 AM
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"View NX2 Not Bad"


Frederick, US
          

For years now I've been using either Photo Mechanic or LR3 for my browser. On a whim I decided to download View NX2 and give it a whirl. Not bad at all! I like the style and the look & feel, and all the functionality that I need is there, to include simple editing (picture control, d-lighting, cropping, straightening, sharpening, etc), and, when I need it, complete integration with CNX2. I realize I'm a little late to the party, but am I missing something? Seems like I'm always on a search for better software, and yet we have very effective tools that are available from Nikon for free. Just my $.02.

Jerry LoSardo
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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Fri 04-Nov-11 10:58 AM
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#1. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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South Australia, AU
          

True, Jerry,
But Capture NX2 does offer a whole lot more control over your PP,
I do agree,
In some shoots, View NX2 is all we need, but I must admit, I use Capture NX2 a lot because of its selective and powerful editing options
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JerryLoSardo Silver Member Charter MemberFri 04-Nov-11 06:46 PM
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#4. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Frederick, US
          

Gary,

Agree totally; I didn't mean to imply that I no longer needed CNX2; for example, with the limited time I had to play with View this morning, I immediately saw that applying D-lighting was much more effective in CNX2 than in View. So yes, I suspect CNX2 will continue to be a big part of my workflow.

It's just that I was pleasantly surprised by the new elegant Lightroom-like look and feel. I'm used to Nikon products having a clunky-but-effective look and feel, so I was taken aback by that and View's robust functionality!

Jerry LoSardo
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vharperv Registered since 20th Oct 2011Sat 05-Nov-11 03:22 AM
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I agree view nx2 is a great improvement. I have ordered capturenx2 and had run out of my free trial. I have been using view nx2 to do some work on the nef files, mostly just sometimes exposure and then just converting to tifs to fine tune in photoshop cs3
My Capture should arrive tomorrow but I have found working with viewnx2 has been ok.

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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Fri 04-Nov-11 11:33 AM
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#2. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Atlanta, US
          

Jerry

I think you have accurately described the value of View NX2. It is much improved.

I use it as my browser, for rating images, and for my initial edits. If I am shooting events or other large volume work, View handles everything. It even allows changes to picture controls settings or white balance. And as long as edits have been made in View, the Convert feature does a nice job of rendering JPEG or TIFF images from your RAW files. Convert also does a nice job of resizing for the web. Once you have made any edits in Capture, you can no longer convert in View.

For fine editing I always go from View to Capture. I find the Sharpening adjustment in View to be a little coarse and remove all sharpening when I move to Capture. I never use D-Lighting in View but selectively will use D-Lighting in Capture.

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JerryLoSardo Silver Member Charter MemberFri 04-Nov-11 06:54 PM
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#5. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Frederick, US
          

Eric,

Interesting, I didn't realize that once you make edits in capture, you can no longer convert in View. And yes, as I stated in my earlier email, my initial impressions are that the D-Lighting does function much better in CNX2, so that will also be a factor in my workflow.

I'm totally out of my element with this question, but: is it possible that Nikon (or Nik, I could never get straight in my mind who actually owns CNX2) has concluded that View provides all the necessary functionality needed for a NEF converter/editor, and so they've decided to not invest anymore resources into CNX2?

Jerry LoSardo
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robsb Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his expertise in CNX2 and his always amicable and continuous efforts to help members Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006Fri 04-Nov-11 06:02 PM
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#3. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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San Jose, US
          

Viewnx2 was a major improvement over ViewNX, I use it along with Transfer to ingest and rate my images which I then import into CNX2 to edit. While I own Photoshop CS5 Extended, I only go there to do things like perspective corrections or pano, etc i.e things I can't do in CNX2, which is really just a small subset. I just prefer having all my edits in a single NEF that I can re-edit at any time.

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JerryLoSardo Silver Member Charter MemberFri 04-Nov-11 06:58 PM
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#6. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Frederick, US
          

Bob,

You reminded me of a question that I had this morning before I had to shut down the computer and go to work: can I use View to also ingest my photos, or do I have to download Transfer for that? If I need Transfer, then I would require a trio of Nikon software (Transfer, View NX2 and CNX2) in order to ingest, browse, and do more complex editing, is that correct?

Jerry LoSardo
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davidd1833 Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Feb 2006Sat 05-Nov-11 12:50 AM
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#7. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Sydney, AU
          

Hi

The new ViewNX2 includes Transfer, you don't need a seperate program.

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robsb Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his expertise in CNX2 and his always amicable and continuous efforts to help members Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006Sat 05-Nov-11 01:34 AM
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#8. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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San Jose, US
          

David already answered you, but if you look at the top tool bar 4 symbols from the left (right next to the edit icon), you will see the Transfer Icon. This replaces the old standalone transfer program. Transfer will save your images to 2 locations at once and let you rename the files as you ingest them. I keep a separate file on a separate drive that stores an untouched copy of each and every NEF image I download. This ensures that I always have a pristine backup. My general mode is store in two places and then make an extra copy of finished images that I also store on a separate drive. This weekend I am building a new computer with much larger drives and a HD hot swap docking station, so I expect to store my images first on a RAID 1 drive and then as a minimum on my networked storage which is also RAID 1. I may also save a copy on a none RAID drive and if I really get paranoid, I may save yet another copy to a hot swap drive.

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cliddell Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2006Sat 05-Nov-11 03:52 AM
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#10. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Pietermaritzburg, ZA
          

The "Subject" is incorrect as far as I am concerned - should be "ViewNX2 is rather good!"

Using just one program (VNX2) saves me so much time for the everyday stuff that will probably be sent by email anyway...

For paid work and special or problem images I usually process all images in CNX2 but VNX2 is still my browser. After Saving in CNX the saved image is immediately displayed in VNX ready for browsing (I run with both programs open and switch with Alt-Tab).

Regards,
Clive Liddell
Pietermaritzburg
South Africa

  

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JerryLoSardo Silver Member Charter MemberSat 05-Nov-11 09:19 AM
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#12. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Frederick, US
          

All,

Thanks for the input and information. Last question: I notice that you can assign keywords within View, and it also displays keywords that I already assigned either in CNX2 or in Photo Mechanic. Within View, can one also performa a search by keyword?

Jerry LoSardo
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MAK Registered since 06th Sep 2006Sun 06-Nov-11 04:00 PM
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#13. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Bob - Does VNX2 allow long file naming conventions? 2011-11-07_event_seq# is my standard and I have to use Photo Mechanic to get anything that long.

I have not tried the update to VNX2, but the previous 2.0 version did not.

Thank you.

  

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DeanAZ Moderator Expert nature photographer Nikonian since 28th Apr 2007Sat 05-Nov-11 04:44 AM
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#11. "RE: View NX2 Not Bad"
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Phoenix, US
          

I too use View NX2 as my browser and edit primarily in CNX2 but I find VNX2 very convenient to organize and do some quick edits. The only thing I miss from vnx1 is the double click feature when working with dual monitors where you could double click on the thumbnail and open the full screen view and then double click again on the same thumbnail to close the full screen view. now once you open the full screen preview you need to fit the escape key or click on the return button in the upper right corner.

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