Tue 01-Apr-08 02:48 AM | edited Tue 01-Apr-08 02:52 AM by Beatkat
Just a note here for anyone who's not heard of Faststone, and those of you who know it but may not know this, it's a free image organizing, editing program that is extremely powerful, and has some really nice features like batch renaming and batch resizing, and even though I have been using it for a couple of years, I just realized that it will handle NEF (Nikon RAW) files. It can read and display them, edit them, resize and resample,and resave as other formats including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc., and resave to a specific file size, for instance 150k which is the Nikonians upload file size limit, and again, it's FREE...there is a good PDF manual, but it's pretty intuitive to use if you're familiar with these type of programs, fast to load and work with, and very capable. http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm even more highly recommended now...
>there is a good PDF manual, but it's >pretty intuitive to use if you're familiar with these type of >programs, fast to load and work with, and very capable.
That's the key "familiar with these type of programs". I tried Faststone for about a week and finally gave up on it. I've worked with computers since Hollerith cards were the deal, but apparently I am not familiar with programs like Faststone. It was not intuitive to use for me.
I'm using Nikon Transfer and View NX to get my photos onto my hard drive and am using an old version of Photoshop to play with the jpeg versions. I would like to find an intuitive program to use with the RAW NEF files, but haven't yet. Any other recommendations? Capture NX? Photoshop Elements? I don't have a huge quantity of pictures to work with - have only snapped about 900 since the first of the year.
Wed 02-Apr-08 01:15 AM | edited Wed 02-Apr-08 01:23 AM by Beatkat
Hey Harry, I'm interested to know what you didn't like about faststone. It's certainly not as complicated as Photoshop in any release...I think you should give it another go, as it really is a great solution for almost all that one does with images...especially with NEF support. I would be happy to assist as well,via PM, if you needed some direction with it. I never even bothered with the spindly bundled Nikon software...You can just use Windows (I assume your on a Windows machine) to retrieve your images from the camera via cable or card reader, and dump them to a folder on your desktop (or wherever) and then use faststone and Photoshop for almost everything else.. Regards- Greg
Thanks for the "thanks", I assume you're getting along alright with it so far, but in Full screen image mode,(which I think is the default) if you move your mouse all the way over to the right, a window with the Exif data pops up, and if you move your mouse all the way to the top, there's a "filmstrip" preview window, and to return to thumbnail mode hit the Esc key or double click in the center of the screen....it's really a very comprehensive and powerful program, but does have a learning curve, and don't forget to go to the "settings" tab and click on "associations" and check all the file types so faststone will be your default image browser.....regards- Greg
>I think you should give it another go, as it >really is a great solution for almost all that one does with >images...especially with NEF support. I would be happy to >assist as well,via PM, if you needed some direction with it. >Regards- Greg
I appreciate the offer - but for now, I'm going to try to improve with what I've got. I'm also checking into the local camera club, and hope to make some contacts there that will be helpful.
I'm shooting RAW + basic JPEG, so have some flexibility with post processing - the JPEGs for "quick and dirty" usage, and can still work with the RAW images as time permits.
I agree. I messed with it for a couple of weeks and didn't like it all. At about the same time I tested the trial versions of Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, Elements, ACDSee and another whose name I can't remember now. I was not impressed by Faststone at all, nothing more than a slightly souped up version of Picasa as far as I was concerned. I've also used Gimp, which is really not intuitive. I ended up buying Paint Shop Pro and have been extremely pleased at what I got for $80.