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 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.
Excerpt: I bought this before I was turned on to Lightroom 3. Now that I have Lightrooom, I think that NX2 was a waste of money. Although NX2 is an inexpensive option for converting RAW photos, it is extraordinarily slow compared to Lightroom. I would only recommend NX2 if you are not processing hundreds of photos, but then maybe you should just shoot in JPG mode anyway. I also don't like that NX2 modifies the original file with the changes you make.
Summary: Nothing is better for RAW processing than one from the a camera's manufacturer - and Capture NX2 does an amazing job - however, it is very slow, the work flow is painful - Nikon, take a few notes from Adobe's Lightroom and NX2 would be perfect!!!
Summary: Software was pretty much as advertised at nikon school. Is very functional. I found more intuitive vs photo shop. I did have an install issue. Tech support line was NOT open 24/7 as advertised at Nikonusa.com, tech support people had no other option than reinstall the software, and basically were rude.
Summary: After the trial ran out for the CNX2 upgrade, going back to CNX1 was a little disappointing. It still works ok, but I missed small interface things like being able to OK a dialog by clicking Enter ... basic windows stuff, much of which was upgraded to the Windows 95 level with this upgrade to Capture NX 2!
Pros: Best NEF RAW Converter, Good Noise Control, Pretty New Color Scheme
Cons: Cold War Era Graphics, Memory Hog, MODAL Dialogs