Wonderful program but seriously in need of an update
8 July 2012
Summary: Editing in raw format with U-point technology and nondestructively is the way to go for those of us who shoot with Nikon equipment. However, as others have noted, this program is seriously in need of an update, especially to take advantage of the improvements and new plug-ins developed by Nik Software (e.g., Color Efex Pro 4.0, HDR Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro 2.0). To take advantage of these now, I am editing tifs and jpgs in Photoshop, which is a pain.
Summary: I love NX2, and as a magazine photo editor and a photojournalist I have used it for years. But the latest version--2.3.1--has a glitch. You cannot save an image to an external hard drive directly from the program. You have to first save it to your desktop, then copy it to the external hard drive. Most inconvenient and time consuming.
Summary: The software's been out there for a while and doesn't support Windows 64 bit. It's also extremely difficult to convert from 14-bit RAW into 8-bit JPEG and get the same colors. There is always a shift in reds and blues that make batch conversion a hit or miss. This software is a collaboration with NIK Software and works great with NIK's rather expensive filters. I think it is still about time to update the software!
Summary: It's nice to be able to play with the camera settings after the fact and do non-destructive edits to NEF files, and NX2 has some nice features (I like "Straighten" and "Distortion control'). Although I do wish it had "Skew" and a "Clone" tool like you-know-who. Also, I find the user interface dated.
Summary: I love the features of this product. Works great with the NEF files that are created with my D90 and I can make lots of nice adjustments to make my pictures look as perfect as can be. That being said, it is frustrating using this software. I can barely make it editing 2-3 photos (one after the other) when the software seems to get stuck and I have to force close it or it crashes on it's own.
Summary: Today i have in excess of 3 terabytes of images covering 6 years of very active photography. I used NX2 exclusively until the fall of 2010, when its instability became such a problem that the system crashed every 20 minutes or so. I do admit my files are large, but my mac is the less than a year old with 8 GB of ram and so on. Reluctantly i have returned to Photoshop and the instability problem is gone.