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Universal Binary beta version of Capture NX shown at Macworld  
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | by Rob Galbraith
At the Macworld Conference and Expo today in San Francisco, Nikon offered a sneak peek at a nearly-completed Universal Binary version of Capture NX running on an Intel-based MacBook Pro. In the brief demonstration we saw, the speed at which the program could render a D2X NEF as it opened was dramatically faster than the current PowerPC version of the program on the same machine.

Also new in the upcoming Capture NX update are larger histogram and Curves/Levels palettes, as well as various bug fixes and performance enhancements, says Nikon USA's Mike Rubin. A ship date hasn't been set for the new version of Capture NX, nor is the company revealing what the version number will be. When it's released it will be a free, downloadable update for licensed users. The update will be to both the Mac and Windows versions of the application.

More information is in the press release below:

Press Release

NIKON TO PREVIEW CAPTURE NX BETA SOFTWARE FOR INTEL-
BASED MAC COMPUTERS AT MACWORLD CONFERENCE AND EXPO

Capture NX – A Powerful and Intuitive Software That Dramatically Simplifies Photo Editing – Will Be Significantly Updated

MELVILLE, NY (January 8, 2007) – Nikon’s (www.nikondigital.com) highly acclaimed Capture NX™ software will be updated and boast several new improvements, including full support for Intel-based Mac OS X computers. A demonstration of Capture NX, in Beta format, will take place at Nikon’s booth during the MacWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, January 9-12.

Capture NX software is designed specifically for photographers, providing a unique and easy to understand interface with tools that photographers need, but without the level of complexity and clutter of other image editing applications. The software can be used with JPEG and TIFF format images from any source, and its patented new U Point™ technology offers photographers a dramatically simplified way to edit their pictures by enabling them to enhance specific areas of a picture selectively, without the use of masks, selections, or layers. Capture NX also works with Nikon’s RAW (NEF) format images, and inherits Nikon’s robust RAW processing capabilities for the highest quality results from NEF files.

In addition to the Intel-based Mac compatibility, Nikon has made several usability updates based on software testing and customer feedback. The user interface has been improved and updated to enable users to work faster, effectively, and easily. Additional improvements to Capture NX include enhanced speed for faster and effective workflow, resizable histograms and curves & levels palette.

Capture NX is designed to appeal to a broad range of consumers. Users with compact digital cameras such as Nikon’s COOLPIX series will enjoy the simplicity of using U Point technology to quickly enhance their JPEG pictures, eliminate any red-eye using the Automatic Red-Eye Correction tool and even resurrect underexposed images with the software’s D-Lighting feature. Professional and advanced photographers will appreciate the time they can save using U Point technology to make edits to their images, as well as fully utilize over 25 new tools in the software, including powerful batch processing capabilities, advanced color management features, Distortion Correction enhancement and the ability to make every edit non-destructively (when a JPEG, TIFF or NEF image is saved in NEF format). A detailed online demonstration of how Capture NX works is available at www.capturenx.com or www.nikondigital.com.

The Capture NX update will be available for download as soon as it is ready for release, at an estimated selling price of $149.95*. A 30-day trial version will be available, for new users, and can be downloaded at www.nikonusa.com, in the Software Download section. Current users of Capture NX will be also able to download an upgrade at no additional cost. A special limited-time upgrade price of $89.95 will be offered to current owners of Nikon Capture 4 software in the U.S. market. This upgrade will only be available online at http://www.nikonmall.com/captureupgrade/ for registered Nikon Capture 4 owners and will be limited to one upgrade per legitimate Nikon Capture 4 product key. The upgrade will require certain customer verification of ownership. Customers who have not already registered their version of Capture 4 will receive instructions to do so at the site.

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; Nikon software products; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon’s Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative™, the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

*Estimated selling prices listed are only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.


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