Browser/Viewer for RAW (NEF) Files

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by BRH, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. BRH

    BRH Guest

    As a newbie to RAW workflow, I purchased Nikon's CaptureNX software
    based upon it's editing capabilities.

    Now that my library of Nikon Raw (NEF) files is growing, I see that the
    browsing capability of this software is painfully S-L-O-W. So, now I'm
    looking for a browser that displays NEF files with good speed and would
    work well with CaptureNX.

    I've downloaded the beta of ACDSee Pro2. While it seems to meet the
    criteria that I'm looking for, I'd rather not spend another $129 on it.

    So, I downloaded Irfanview 4 (shareware) and it's plug-ins. The website
    for Irfanview says that it reads NEF files, but I can't get it to do
    that. I have all of the plug-ins installed, but loading an NEF file
    just displays a corrupted little image.

    Am I missing something in getting Irfanview to work with NEFs? Or is
    there another free or low-cost viewer/browser that someone can recommend?

    BRH, Sep 18, 2007
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  2. It is alleged that BRH claimed:
    Do you want full-view capabilities for the browser, or will thumbnails
    do? ACDSee Photo Manager can't do full-view on NEF files, but it does
    show me the thumbnails. ACDSee Photo Manager 9 is the current version,
    I have v8, and the current price is less than a third the cost of
    ACDSee Pro.

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  3. Picasa supports some Nikon raw files.

    If you are using XP -

    lets windows explorer support raw files for some Nikon cameras.

    Not sure if either of those does what you want.
    Brian Sullivan, Sep 18, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Photoshop CS1 works OK once the previews are built. You don't get full
    screen, can't zoom and probably can't launch Capture. CS3 Bridge was
    slower on my 3-year old laptop but I think it can be set up to launch
    various programs. I've been happy with older versions of ACDSee except
    that the preview library gets unruly and has to be trashed periodically
    so don't try saving annotation or anything like that... but it's a nice
    fast browser. RSE is not bad either but probably cannot launch another
    Paul Furman, Sep 18, 2007
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    acl Guest

    Try View NX (free from Nikon). I am not sure if it's faster than
    Capture NX, though.
    acl, Sep 18, 2007
  7. BRH

    Chris Savage Guest

    v9 can do full-res RAW viewing. I don't remember v8 not doing it, but
    bow to your experience.
    Chris Savage, Sep 18, 2007
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    Siggy Guest

    BRH wrote:
    I've just opened a NEF from a Nikon D200 with Irfanview and it loaded up
    very fast. Not my camera as I don't own a Nikon, but had the image file
    as a sample to try out a RAW converter I was having problems with. So I
    can't help with what settings Irfanview should have to make it work, as
    I never set any.

    Here's a screen grab:

    Siggy, Sep 18, 2007
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    C J Campbell Guest

    Nikon View NX or PictureProject, both free.
    C J Campbell, Sep 18, 2007
  10. It is alleged that Chris Savage claimed:
    It does not for the D40x. What camera do you have? :)

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    Jeffrey Kaplan, Sep 18, 2007
  11. BRH

    BRH Guest

    I downloaded the 30-day trial, and it does not do it for the D80
    either... 8(

    I do prefer full-view capabilities and the capability to jump from there
    to the editor of my choice. It doesn't look like ACDSee 9 fills the bill.

    Thanks anyway!
    BRH, Sep 18, 2007
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    JR Guest

    View NX...its free, and its FAST...perfect for browsing, selecting and
    then it will open them in Capture NX for editing....Nice and slick...

    JR, Sep 18, 2007
  13. It is alleged that BRH claimed:
    Oh well. It was worth a shot.

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    Chris Savage Guest

    D200, but I can read other folks' D40 and D80 NEFs.

    I remember having all kinds of weirdness when I tried out ACD pro a year
    or so ago, but haven't had any problem with v9.
    Chris Savage, Sep 19, 2007
  15. BRH

    BRH Guest

    Just downloaded ViewNX and took a quick look around. That looks like it
    will fit the bill nicely -- and the price is right! Thanks!
    BRH, Sep 19, 2007
  16. In my experience, Irfanview (freeware, btw) loads the preview images
    if the RAW file has one imbedded, otherwise it uses the RAW data
    directly. Maybe the program/plug-in is having problems reading the
    imbedded preview image correctly?

    Try loading a RAW with and without imbedded preview JPGs.
    Usenet Messages, Sep 19, 2007
  17. It's nice to see that Nikon have finally brought out a NEF browser to
    replace the rather dated, but good "Nikon View" software. The only
    alternative up to now has been "Picture Project" which got removed withing a
    few minutes of being installed as it was useless! I also notice that they
    have updated "Nikon Transfer" as well which looks quite good.

    cheers adrian
    Adrian Boliston, Sep 20, 2007

  18. Try Fastone Maxview - it is quite fast viewing Canon CR2 RAW images for me.

    Dennis' Newsgroups, Sep 25, 2007
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