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  6. 2009

Free download service for Capture NX 2 (Ver. 2.2) update

Enhanced processing capabilities with more advanced functions


Tokyo — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that from the beginning of April 2009, they will offer a free download of image-editing software Capture NX 2, Ver. 2.2 to current users of Versions 2.0 and 2.1.1. In addition to providing the features of earlier versions, which allow quick-and-easy on-image photo editing to optimize photographer workflow, this latest version includes more powerful and refined tools to greatly improve image-processing efficiency. Newly added functions include improved speed in batch processing, Intel-approved logo permitted for Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad support, NRW (COOLPIX P6000’s RAW data) support, vignette control function utilizing lens information, and axial color aberration correction.

1. Improved operational efficiency with higher speeds for batch processing

With batch processing, pre-set editing information can be applied to all of the image data in a selected folder. By revising the memory control system, processing is accelerated.* Operational efficiency is greatly improved, even with large quantities of image data.

  • *By about 10 - 20% with Windows Vista, 50% with MacOS; varies according to operating environment and conditions.

[Nikon's test conditions]

Windows

OS
Windows Vista SP1
Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo 3 GHz
RAM (Memory)
2GB
Time required to convert 20 NEF files (taken with the D3, 12 megapixels, 14-bit lossless compressed) to JPEG

Mac OS

OS
Mac OS X 10.5.6
Processor
Intel Xeon 2.66GHz Quad
RAM (Memory)
1GB
Time required to convert 20 NEF files (taken with the D3, 12 megapixels, 14-bit lossless compressed) to JPEG

2. Intel-approved logo permitted for Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad support

This software has been optimized for use with industry-leading Intel processors. As a software application based on Intel architecture, Capture NX 2 has received permission to use the Intel-approved logo.

3. NRW support

NRW, a form of RAW data taken with the COOLPIX P6000, is newly supported.

Note: NRW can be saved in NRW, JPEG or TIFF (not in NEF). Saving data in NRW is not possible from NEF/TIFF/JPEG, but only from NRW data. Also, with NRW data, functions peculiar to digital SLR cameras, such as Image Dust Off, are not supported.

4. Enhanced Distortion Control Functions

Superior-quality distortion-free images are ensured by reducing pincushion and barrel distortions. With the new version of Capture NX 2, more effective automatic control is made possible based on information of compatible lenses.

5. Axial Color Aberration Correction

This newly added function automatically detects axial color aberration and corrects it to provide pictures of higher quality. This can be applied to any image because shooting data that depends on lens information is not used in the process.


Capture NX 2 (Ver. 2.2) System Requirements


Windows

OS
Pre-installed versions of 32-bit Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate (Service Pack 1) editions or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) editions
Processor
Pentium 4 or better
RAM (Memory)
768 MB minimum (1 GB or more recommended)
Hard-disk space
200 MB required for installation
Monitor resolution
1,024 x 768 pixels or higher (1,280 x 1,024 pixels or higher recommended) with 16-bit color or more (32-bit color recommended)
Others
  • CD-ROM drive required for installation
  • Internet connection required to utilize Nikon Message Center
  • Environment for recognizing operation-guaranteed memory cards required to import/export Custom Picture Controls

Macintosh

OS
Macintosh OS X (version 10.4.11, 10.5.6)
Processor
PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Xeon, or better
RAM (Memory)
768 MB minimum (1 GB or more recommended)
Hard-disk space
200 MB required for installation
Monitor resolution
1,024 x 768 pixels or higher (1,280 x 1,024 pixels or higher recommended) with 64,000 colors or more (16.7 million colors or more recommended)
Others
  • CD-ROM drive required for installation
  • Internet connection required to use Nikon Message Center
  • Environment for recognizing operation-guaranteed memory cards required to import/export Custom Picture Controls
    Note: Capture NX 2 cannot be installed in a hard disk that is formatted using Expanded MacOS (upper/lower case distinction) or Expanded MacOS (upper/lower case distinction, journaling).

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