I managed to get the beta of Nikon’s Capture NX-D working again briefly. For some reason, it did not like working with files that weren’t in my home directory (I keep my images on a separate external drive).
Between reader comments and playing around more with the software, I’ve discovered a few more tidbits, some of which I’ve added to my previous post.
To add to the list of missing features:
- Effect opacity
- Auto Retouch Brush
- Lasso Tool
So you won’t be able to do ANY retouching in CNX-D
Proprietary Sidecar Files!
Ok, so one reason Capture NX-D is faster is because it writes metadata and image adjustments to sidecar files automatically. This is nice from the standpoint that you never need to worry about manually saving your files. However, I discovered two quirks about the new sidecar implementation that made me cringe.
First, sidecars are not stored in the same directory as your original images, but rather in a sub-directory called NKS_PARAM. That means if you move files with external applications, you’re going to have problems keeping the metadata associated with your images. Most other programs just put the sidecar file right alongside the image file, which makes locating them simple.
Second, Nikon is not using industry-standard XMP sidecars! No, they’ve gone ahead and created a proprietary sidecar file with a .nks extension. That means all the other programs you use to read metadata won’t read these sidecar files. So forget using other programs to browse or filter images based on keywords, ratings, or labels!
So take your pick for what you want the “D” in Capture NX-D to stand for. Downgrade. Debacle. Delirious. Dead on Arrival. I’m open to all suggestions!