Or if you can't find the CD that came with your camera, just download it from Nikon USA.
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ViewNX2, although no top editor, is actually quite spiffy: reads all .nef files and picture styles, converts to major formats, allows a fast review, sorting and rating process, runs on older computers, does geotagging from .gpx files... and even performs some basic editing. Oh, and it's free, and easily dowloadable from Nikon.
Altough my workflow is Lightroom-centric, when travelling I bring along a small Asus netbook loaded with ViewNX2 just for backup and initial sorting and rating purposes.
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You can download and install the free Adobe DNG convertor and convert your NEF files to DNG and they will then open with earlier versions of ACR and thus PhotoShop. That's what I'm doing so far (CS5). Not sure it will be my longterm workflow, typically I do end up upgrading PS.
I just can't handle the Nikon software UI.
If using a Mac, view folders in 'List' view by 'Kind' and it is easy to sort JPGs from NEF from DNG. There's all sorts of other ways to quickly group or select images by file type. I usually trash the NEF files as DNG are smaller and supposedly preserve all the info of the original. But you could just keep the NEF files too if storage space isn't a concern.
Sun 06-Jan-13 07:53 PM | edited Sun 06-Jan-13 07:56 PM by SRFast
As Joseph indicated earlier, a copy of Nikon View NX2 should have been included with your Nikon D600. VNX2 is very good software and has all the tools you need to PP Nikon RAW files. I use it to PP my Nikon D3S, P7000 and Nikon 1 V2 RAW files. No bells or whistles, but it works well and it is FREE.
Hope this helps....JL
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Also if you use Nikon View NX2, the in camera settings will be applied to the imported RAW image and it might look more like the Jpeg preview. Most other programs will only use the EXIF white balance setting and ignore all other in-camera settings recorded in the MakerNote section. For some settings, this can cause a washed out image.
Just to add my one cent to this discussion. lostsailor, let me admit the ViewNX2 is worth to use: exposure compensation range is big enough, color temperature range varies almost for the every occasion, so Nikon there is honest as always. Good luck. davidben33
If you are a Mac user, Graphic Converter from http://www.lemkesoft.com/ has been around and maintained for a very long time. It is inexpensive and is able to process a large number of formats, including RAW.
I tried it with some D600 NEF files and it seemed to suffer no indigestion. It has the ability to import from a USB connected camera as well as handling files already imported. At $40US from the Apple APP Store, it offers yet another inexpensive solution.
As mentioned by others, there are many free or open source converters. I have RawTherapee which is very full featured but still use Adobe Camera Raw which is a module that renders RAW files for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop most of the time. The first thing you discover when rendering RAW with various software packages is that none of the rendered images look alike. So some look better on some types of color, contrast and brightness than others. I use Lightroom most simply because it is fast and easy for a larger number of files. But when there is an image that will be printed large or is particularly important I fire up Capture NX2 or even ViewNX2 for rendering and basic adjustments. It just starts out looking better and all the basic camera settings are adjustable in RAW. I get it as close as the end result will eventually display as and then decide if it needs pixel level editing, in which case, a TIFF file is saved and opened in any flavor of Photoshop. I currently use CS6 but any will do. Printing and color management functions in Adobe are quite good. If you are like most of us, you will discover that several programs will be used since none is perfect. If you use Capture NX2, get Jason O'Dell's ebook. Generally there are two types of people, those who don't have the book and do not think NX2 is very effective and those who do have the book and think it is much more powerful than they imagined. Nikon took over development of the software when NIK was purchased so we have only speculation to go by as to whether a refined user interface ever comes out in a NX3 but the track record of Japanese hardware manufactures is not good in creating great applications. We all wish Nikon would get into or out of software fully. If they leave it to software developers to run with it by putting the file specs into public domain, or at least license it to developers, we would all be better off. Something must be ingenious about the file format and structure because no one has been able to figure it out or get better rendering than NX2.
Thanks again to all of you. I fired up the NX2 that came with the camera and had no issues converting NEF to JPG. I really like this camera. It is far better than I am at photography. I'll be posting a couple of pictures in the sports forum in the near future. I am amazed by what it can do under gym lights.
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Did you try updating Photoshop from the help menu? While connected to the Internet, go to the help menu in Photoshop and select Updates.
If that does not work, you can go to the Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 download page directly. Older versions of Photoshop and Lightroom can update to the latest camera Raw support with this free Adobe DNG Converter: