FYI - For those of you who have QImage Pro, they just released their new 2003 v1.0. I Just downloaded it and it looks quite a bit different, with increased functionality. The program keeps getting better and better. I know that quite a few of you out there enjoy this program.
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I really hope QImage does get support for the D100 NEF format.
I've been using it to process my D1 NEFs ever since I got the camera and prefer it to the alternatives (Nikon Capture and Bibble) since it produces good, natural colours and seems to have a particularly sophisticated demosaicing (Bayer) algorithm that can pull more detail out of the file while producing fewer artefacts.
Mike Chaney has said he will add D100 NEF support, but his statement on the Qimage user's group made it clear that he was very irritated that Nikon changed the format from the D1 so much. He further added that Qimage is and always will be a printing program. Supporting proprietary raw formats is not a priority.
The D1 NEF support in Qimage was spawned by Nikon's decision (arrogance?) to charge $500 for Nikon Capture at the introduction of the D1. Mike was either the first or second (along with Eric Hyman's Bibble) aftermarketer to produce a program that could read NEFs. And at $35 per license for Qimage, I suspect his business skyrocketed for a while.
Now that even Nikon provides a free NEF translation in the form of Nikon View I can see why Mike is less and less inclined to continue this pursuit, even with the band of loyal Qimage users (including myself).
I expect that he'll make good on his word to add D100 support, but unless subsequent raw formats can use the same decoding method, I'll be surprised to see him continue with it.
While I can understand your point about Mike being less inclined to support RAW formats when manufacturers offer free software with their cameras, I think it a shame he should feel that way because he did an extremely good job with the D1 conversion, and I continue to use QImage in preference to Capture 3 for my D1 files.
I wonder why he doesn't position QImage as a 'premium' RAW file converter; to my eyes it's clearly superior to Capture. I suppose the effort he has to put into writing the code and the cost of buying the cameras outweigh the increase in sales he could make.
> Say it ani't so!! Someone posted a quote from you on www.dpreview.com > saying you aren't even working on the D100 NEF files. Sheesh! You lost a > ton of business from that forum. I guess it doesn't matter though. I'll > have to bone up on Photoshop printing now. I can't believe it. You made > your reputation with the Coolpix series; why stop supporting Nikon?
Where's the thread? Post the URL here. As I've said, I'm still looking into it. D100 NEF support is not my priority right now, but I have started looking into it and *am* working on it as I have time. I believe I have always said that. Repeating myself, if Nikon hadn't completely changed their NEF format with the D100, you would have had D100 support in QP already.
So you can thank Nikon (for making unnecessary changes to an already established format) for the delay.
I'd also like to remind you that Qimage Pro is a printing application, not a raw conversion tool. Right now, I support the formats that I am able to in my "free time" which equates to formats that are very easy to decode because they build on some prior standard or at least have file formats that are straightforward. The D1, D1H, and D1X fit into that category. The D100 does not.
There are dozens of new dSLR's coming out within the next year, so be warned in advance: Qimage Pro is about more than me wasting 100% of my time trying to reverse engineer every manufacturer's proprietary raw format for brand X/model Y camera. My plan is to support the raw format for: (1) manufacturers that pick a simple raw format and stick with it from model to model, and (2) new models that have a simple format while also offering some benefit over your "average" dSLR... like the Fuji S2, Sigma SD9, etc.
As to the D100, whether or not I would support that particular model was up in the air at one point (months ago) and I hadn't decided. At this point, I've decided that the new format is not too much of a departure from the old to keep me from doing it, so it's only a matter of time. But I do have other things to do first, both in Qimage Pro and Profile Prism.
And if you are wondering why I supported the S2 before the D100, the answer is simple. The D100 already has a very capable raw conversion tool available from Nikon. In contrast, the S2 is a camera with quite honestly a lot more potential than the D100, but had no real solution for raw files and no way to tap that potential. In other words, there was a greater need for S2 raw support at the time.
I d/l mine last night. Seems to work as advertised. One definitely needs to heed Mike Chaney's advice about not using something else to handle the NEFs first. Qimage does not read them correctly afterward.