Press Release: March 21st, 2004
- Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the availability
of the latest version (4.1) of Nikon Capture
4, the powerful and unique post production tool that
optimizes workflow by giving you full control over both fundamental
and enhancing adjustments to NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) files.
4.1 marks yet a new step of evolution, one that continues to add
useful features while improving performance and the interface,
and one that fully exploits all the latest features of compatible
Nikon digital cameras.
Nikon Capture 4 and NEF let you adjust virtually any aspect of
an image's settings without altering the raw image data or its
accompanying Instruction Set. Any number of variations can be
saved as additional Instruction Sets within the same file to deliver
the best of versatile image editing combined with precious savings
in hard disk space. The Instruction Sets can be applied to any
number of image files, individually or using Nikon Capture 4's
powerful batch processing function.
4.1 also adds the ability to save only selected adjustment settings
to an Instruction Set for even greater flexibility and control,
as well as to improve the speed and efficiency of batch processing.
new is the NEF (JPEG) file. JPEG files can be converted in their
compressed form, resulting in substantial space savings. The resulting
NEF (JPEG) files can be edited as many times as you like without
suffering further degradation of image quality.
tool palettes and Quick Tool bar have been revised for yet easier
access to Nikon Capture 4's powerful editing and image adjustment
tools. Arrange the palettes as you please, or reset them to their
original positions with a single command. The new background save
function of the Save Progress Window further improves workflow
by allowing you continue processing files even while saving others.
new Multi Image Window displays a row of thumbnail images from
a selected folder. Below this is the larger Image Area where detailed
inspection and adjustment of the currently selected image can
be performed. The same adjustments can also be applied to several
images at once for added efficiency.
image adjustment tools further enhance the power of version 4.1.
The new LCH Editor contains individual dialogs for independent
adjustment of Luminosity (lightness), Chroma (saturation), and
Hue. Color Booster automatically adjusts saturation level to optimal
values for portrait or landscape pictures.
Moiré Reduction helps eliminate the moiré effect
that sometimes appears when shooting tightly spaced parallel lines.
Of course, version 4.1 also continues to allow you to adjust the
color and saturation settings, exposure compensation, white balance
and virtually any aspect of a NEF file's settings as though retaking
the original shot, while it adds support for this control over
files from the new D70 and COOLPIX
8700 digital cameras.
Color Efex Pro 2.0 Plug in
major innovation in version 4.1 is the support for plug-in photographic
filters that expand the feature set to provide even greater capability
for enhancing and transforming images. The first to be made available
are from nik multimedia, Inc., an experienced software developer
with a proven track record for producing cross-platform digital
imaging solutions, and a leader in the creation of digital photographic
filters for image-editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop®.
Because of the fine work they do and the spirit of cooperation
our companies enjoy, Nikon asked nik multimedia to develop the
first digital photographic filters for Nikon Capture 4. nik Color
Efex Pro 2.0 for Nikon Capture 4 is available in three different
Editions. The Complete Edition contains 75 filters, the Select
Edition 45 filters, and the Standard Edition 19 filters.
Capture 4, version 4.1. The only software available that can help
you in your quest to create the perfect image, and the only one
that delivers such a level of control over all aspects of image
processing, from the taking of digital photographs through to
archiving your work.
Nikon Corporation will launch the nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 for Nikon
Capture 4 worldwide from May 2004.