Hi everyone. I'm brand new to the site. I just got the D2X and will read with interest tonight the posts on this site. A quick question that I have is what do you all use to quickly browse through your photos taken with the D2X after you download? I use PS CS2 to process and resize for posting, but have found no good way to quickly flip through the downloaded photos for that first look. Previously, I shot a D100 and used NikonView for this. Any advice? Thanks. Looking forward to getting to know you.
Why not continue to use Nikonview? You just need to right click on the photo and send to CS2 for processing. I use Nikonview. This fact does not necessarily make it the preferable way to do it but I cannot imagine anything being easier.
Thanks for all the quick help. I haven't heard of ThumbsPlus or Photo Mechanic. I'll go do searches on them. I might just have an outdated version of Nikon View. The D2X photos are pixelated on it like they won't download completely. I got it when I got my D100 a couple of years ago. I'll check for an update.
Mel, do you shoot a D2X and if so, are you able to see your photos in Nikon View?
>Mel, do you shoot a D2X and if so, are you able to see your >photos in Nikon View?
Do I shoot a D2X? Nope, I haven't filled the penny jar up enough yet . That said, I am able to view the couple of D2X NEF files I have in Nikonview just fine but you have to judge for yourself if it works for you or not. Since I am not looking at a whole big folder of D2X files, I cannot tell you how long it takes to create the thumbnails initially. I am using NikonView 6.X.
If I've got a lot of photos to look through then I use Pixmantec's Raw Shooter Essentials since it can put up a full sized version of a NEF quicker than anything else I've tried. Otherwise I just go straight to Nikon Capture and open the multiple image window.
Firstly here's wishing all of you and yours a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
I use CompuPic Pro - it has a very fast caching thumbnail generator (great with those big D2X files), reads NEFs in addition to the usual image formats, and allows you to sort by different criteria, and also allows scripting / actions; plus additional quick editing features such as vignetting, etc. when you don't want to wait for the full-blown PS to load.
Highly recommended: it's very fast, easy to use, and runs on multiple platforms; and has a 30 day try-before-you-buy. I've used this for years to sort through the 'take' of a shoot very quickly, and find those images that I need to quickly.
I use iView ... Great Viewer/Organizer program...quickly flip through and edit viewer... rebuilds hi-res thumbnails if you choose...full screen image for critical editing with multi option for bookmarking. ex:...color code selected images for different purposes...cropping, overexposure correction, underexposure correction, you name it... Slide Show, rotate images, batch rename files, create different categories of images in different folders...great tool.not too pricy for the basic program (under $30)...you don't really need the Pro version. Great support and free upgrades
I use Adobe Bridge, it allows for a large view of the NEF files which no other program I have does. The only downside to Bridge is it applies the default photoshop raw camera settings to the preview. I have not found a way to have it recognize which camera took the image and apply the 'custom' settings for that cameras raw files. So, if I want the preview to be un-changed I must select all the NEF files and then associate the 'D2X' settings from a pick list.
I used to shoot RAW + JPG and download them to the same folder. Using Ember from www.firehand.com I would sift through the JPGs and delete the ones I did not want. After that I would open Adobe Bridge and any RAWs that did not have a matching JPG file got toasted.
This approuch has worked very well for me and after a few cycles you get really fast at it.
I continue to use this approuch except that I only shoot RAW now and use the Adobe Bridge->Tools->PhotoShop->Image Processor menu option to generate the JPGS. This allows me to get more images on a given flash card.
Similar to you, I "upgraded" from the D100 to D2X recently, I stuck with Nikon View 6 as it does everything you want to view (relatively) quickly. My only caution is that 6.2.7 appears to have some errors in the Mac version (or at least on my Mac) auto launch won't launch and thumbnail resizing takes an age - I went back to 6.2.6 and all is OK. FYI - I only shoot RAW.
Add another vote here for PhotoMechanic. You won't find anything better for reviewing images, tagging the ones that you really want to work on, etc. It is compatible with just about every file format I've thrown at it (it will display directories containing NEF RAW files, jpegs, PSD files, etc.).
Wow, thanks everyone for all your help! This site is great. I got a quick fix. I downloaded the latest version of Nikon View from the website and that one loads the D2X files so I can sort through them quickly. This weekend I'll check into the other programs mentioned. I really appreciate all the help. I've been out shooting eagles the last couple of days and have been very impatient not being able to sort through the shots quickly until this fix. I'll catch up with you all soon.