"Limited time only: Save 30% on your digital asset management" Mon 29-Aug-11 06:59 AM by Hendric
Today Phase One introduced a new special campaign to me starting on August 29th.
"Media Pro from Phase One is a professional photo manager that will supercharge the way you find, organize, and share your images and videos. Media Pro supports files from more than 100 different cameras, including Nikon RAW files. Use the voucher code MPNIK before September 12th and get a 30 % on Media Pro 1."
#1. "RE: Limited time only: Save 30% on your digital asset management" In response to Reply # 0
Prince George, CA
I've used iView/Expression Media since 2001. Media Pro is the latest version of this very capable program.
However, you should be aware of a severe limitation if your workflow includes Nikon CaptureNX2. The program can no longer be said to be friendly to a "NEF-centric" workflow -- at least for Mac users.
iView and Expression Media allowed the user to render raw images with the "manufacturer's engine" (i.e., Nikon's engine). This meant that edits made in CaptureNX2 were properly displayed by Expression Media. That function was lost with Mac OSX 10.6 -- I discovered it when I moved from 10.5 to 10.6. The suggested work-around was to render the images with Apple's engine.
Quoting the "known issues" post in Phase One's forum: "Nikon NEF RAW images do not render when the RAW importer is set to manufacturer in Expression Media 2. The images appear as generic icons in Thumbnail view and display a render error in Media view. To workaround this issue, set the “Preferred Engine” to Apple (Expression Media 2 > Preferences > Media Rendering > RAW tab)."
The problem is that images do not display as they would if opened in CaptureNX2 and edits are not displayed.
I had hopes that this issue would be addressed with the release of Media Pro. However, Phase One has made clear, in comments quoted in the Media Pro Forum, that they will NOT restore this functionality. Instead, Phase One advises users to abandon CaptureNX2 and use Capture One.
That may be a solution for some users. However, you should be aware of this issue before jumping in. Personally, I've started to use Photo Mechanic as a browser since it does display NEFs properly and I'm waiting to see if the cataloging capability promised byCamera Bits will suit my needs.
#3. "RE: Limited time only: Save 30% on your digital asset management" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for the heads-up Bob.
I've been a MS Expressions Media 2 user and was about to do the 30% off upgrade deal. I downloaded the Media Pro software and ran it as a trial on my Windows XP machine - left a great deal to be desired. Wouldn't even auto-rotate my portrait oriented shots, let alone process the crops made in Capturen NX2.
Expressions Media 2 always displayed exactly as done in NX2, so I guess I'll stick with that until the Photo Mechanic folks demo their cataloging software at Photo Expo in NYC next month.