I find I am spending half my time fussing around in View NX trying to make it run right. I have deleted it and reinstalled it a dozen times, no better. Transfer will not open automatically anymore and it will not open View NX after it downloads from the camera card. Holly Molly is there some better software around for this purpose?
It is not cheap, but Photo Mechanic from Camera Bits is the best software there is for the task that View NX is meant to do. It is very fast, flexible and is great for applying metadata in bulk or on individual photos. The developers are very active on their forums and very responsive to problem reports and feature requests. They are currently working on a cataloging software. Oh yeah... it also works extremely well in conjunction with Capture NX2. In fact if it wasn't for PM, I would have given up on NX2 a long time ago.
You are sort of comparing apples to oranges. View NX and Photo Mechanic are programs used to ingest (download) images, edit metadata,browse and view images and launch other programs to edit the photos. View NX has some limited editing capabilities (I think), but it is really more of a browser. If you are familiar with Adobe's Bridge. PSE7 is a limited version of Photoshop and is a pixel editor.
Didn't make that very clear. PSE7 has a browser that lets you use the Organizer to add photos and videos to a Photoshop Elements catalog. It seems to work much like Photo Mechanic. I wondered how it might compare to PM as a browser.
Photoshop and Photoshop Elements have Adobe Bridge which is an image browser, raw file converter, and organizer. You can do some meta data editing and also tag images for ranking and categorizing. It is not a full fledged image database/cataloging program. For this, Photo Mechanic and Adobe Lightroom are very popular choices with Lightroom being a full blown image development tool. In contrast, Photoshop is, as Danny points out, a pixel editor which means it has a full array of tools to make very specific or targeted edits as well as global changes. Lightroom does not have this capability.
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I downloaded the trial version. It is just what I need, but the price is too high right now. Some of the other free programs others have suggested are fine, and I will probably go with one of them for the time being. Thanks for you help.
Like Danny, I too use Photo Mechanic for ingesting and browsing. I also agree without it, NX2 would not be my primary editing tool. I also agree with the support from them. I had one question last year and they responded within an hour. I was amazed with the speed and the detail in the response. Usually a response from software people requires a much longer wait. Perhaps it was a slow day for them and I was the only person with a question.
As for the cost, I feel it has saved me more than enough time over the years to be worth much more than what I payed. When Photo Mechanic comes out with a competitive cataloging program, you can bet it will be very good and I will have very little reason to use any thing else other than PM and NX2 in combination.
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As for Nikon's software, I don't know if you're Windows or Mac, but Nikon now says end of Dec 09 and Jan 10 for updated versions. perhaps this will be a multiple-platform release and will fix all our problems. Perhaps.
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I use only Nikon software and find that ViewNX is an excellent browser for CaptureNX. VNX does such a lot of RAW editing that it is easier to say what it cannot do ie. cropping, selective editing and of course things like abberation correction and lens correction etc.
Any edits done on RAW images in VNX is reflected when the image is opened in CNX (in the Camera settings and Quick fix settings) so I generally only pass images to CNX that require cropping, selective editing or more intensive editing.
Oh, and VNX is free from you local Nikon URL...
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