Nikon View vs Picture Project vs Nikon Capture

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Sheldon, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Can anyone give me a brief description of the differences between these
    programs? I think Nikon Capture is the $99 program you can buy. If not,
    please substitute the correct software name.

    Thanks a lot.

    Sheldon, Jan 29, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest


    for current versions available.

    If the choice is between the two free versions, PP and NV, it's a no
    brainer for me, NV.
    Capture allows batch processing of NEF, more controls to process, the
    ability to upload custom curves to the D70 and remote control of the
    Ed Ruf, Jan 29, 2005
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    paul Guest

    You can download a 30 day trial for Capture. It has a lot more control
    for RAW import adjustments including tweaking a curve. Nikon view is
    really very basic and limited. The Capture remote control is handy if
    you are into tinkering connected to a computer on tripod to learn the
    camera settings.

    The photoshop plugin is very very cool for RAW conversion but as
    mentioned, I think you need the latest $$ photoshop. That includes
    chromatic abberation purple fringing removal, I don't know any other
    simple way to deal with that and it's super easy this way.
    paul, Jan 29, 2005
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    bmoag Guest

    For the same price you can get PS Elements 3 with support for raw images and
    a full image processing program.
    bmoag, Jan 29, 2005
  5. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Does that mean PS Elements will open and process NEF files?
    Sheldon, Jan 30, 2005
  6. All you need for RAW is the inexpensive Photoshop Elements 3.

    Merritt Mullen, Jan 30, 2005
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    Ken Tough Guest

    (RAW as in NEF, right?) What's the going price?
    Ken Tough, Jan 30, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Yes, it uses the same converter as the full Photoshop.
    Jeremy Nixon, Jan 31, 2005
  9. Yes, RAW as in NEF. PS Elements 3 is $90 for the Mac, and $100 for
    Windows. I don't know why there is a difference in price. I have used
    PSE 2 (on a Mac) for quite some time, and PSE 3 is a big improvement.

    Merritt Mullen, Jan 31, 2005
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    John Francis Guest

    No it doesn't.

    Or, at least, it doesn't give you as much control over the process
    as the interface in full Photoshop does. The interface in Elements
    is much closer to the interface in previous versions of Photoshop;
    the new interface in Photoshop CS has far more adjustments available.
    John Francis, Jan 31, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Bah, sorry. I'd have sworn I read that it did.
    Jeremy Nixon, Jan 31, 2005
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    John Francis Guest

    Well, as I said, it sort of does. The latest Adobe Camera Raw
    update (version 2.4) is for both Photoshop CS and Elements 3.0
    But if you use it through Elements you don't get access to all
    the controls you get in Photoshop CS; effectively you only get
    to use a lot of the settings at their default values.
    That's generally the idea behind Elements. It uses many of the
    same algorithms, etc., as Photoshop CS, but with a simplified
    interface (sacrificing some control in favour of ease-of-use).

    It's still a good replacement for most of the proprietary RAW
    file converters - I bought Elements just so I could get access
    to Adobe Camera Raw (I have a Pentax *ist-D, and the supplied
    RAW converter leaves a lot to be desired). But I've also seen
    how much additional control there is at RAW conversion time in
    full Photoshop CS (upsizing and applying your own tone curves,
    amongst other things).
    John Francis, Jan 31, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    What about Photoshop LE?

    Sheldon, Jan 31, 2005
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    John Francis Guest

    Didn't Elements replace Photoshop LE in the product lineup?
    John Francis, Feb 1, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    Yes it did, but I found that Photoshop LE looks and feels exactly like
    Photoshop. Just missing some high-end features. If you can use one you can
    use the other.
    Sheldon, Feb 1, 2005
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    John Francis Guest

    My point is that there isn't a "Photoshop LE" that corresponds
    to Photoshop CS (execept inasmuch as Elements 3.0 fills that role).
    And in some places (including the interface to the Raw converter)
    Photoshop CS presents a very different interface to the one found
    in those earlier versions.

    The Camera Raw plugin for Photoshop CS/Elements 3.0 doesn't work
    in those earlier versions of Photoshop, either. You can use most
    plugins built for Photoshop 7 in Photoshop CS, but not vice versa.
    John Francis, Feb 1, 2005
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