If you shoot with a Nikon D1, there's a good chance that at least one of the programs you use with the camera is out of date. That's because the last month has seen a slew of D1-related software releases. They include:
Nikon Capture v1.1.2 (Mac). Nikon's .NEF processing application is up to v1.1.2, with the latest update posted June 22. In the Mac version, changes include improved 16-bit TIFF files, the addition of contextual menus for speedier access to certain functions and the automatic association of the .NEF format with Nikon Capture in the File Exchange control panel. The 1.1.2 update comes on the heels of a v1.1 update, which fixed several bugs, including a problem where the display of photos in Capture would not match that of Photoshop 5.x. The v1.1 update was available only on CD; v1.1.2 is available as a 5.3MB downloadable updater for v1.0 or later. It includes both the v1.1 and v1.1.2 changes outlined here.
Nikon Capture v1.1.2 (Windows). The Windows version of Nikon's .NEF processing application is also now at v1.1.2. Improved 16-bit TIFF files and support for Windows HTML help are new. The recent v1.1 update brought more extensive changes, including the fixing of a problem where the display of photos in Capture was out of sync with that of Photoshop 5.x, as well as support for an expanded array of FireWire hardware, including certain Sony Vaio laptops. The v1.1 update was available only on CD; v1.1.2 is available as a 6.2MB downloadable updater for v1.0 or later. It includes both the v1.1 and v1.1.2 changes.
Nikon View DX v1.1 (Windows). The browser included with the D1 has been revved to support more FireWire hardware, including:
The 2.5MB downloadable updater may be applied to any earlier version of Nikon View DX for Windows. The Mac version has not been updated. It remains at v1.02.
QImage Pro v8.4 (Windows). Digital Domain's batch printing application has been tuned up with additional D1-specific features. In fact, v8.4 is the latest in a steady stream of recent revisions to the US$30 shareware program that build on its strength as a .NEF file decoder. Key changes since v8.1 include:
- A "D1 color filter" designed to clean up the purple shift in reds in in-camera processed photos (v8.4).
- A revamped .NEF processing engine for overall improved colour from Nikon's raw image format (v8.32).
- The addition of an EXIF "hotbar" for the display of key D1 exposure information from within QImage Pro's main window (v8.2).
To upgrade to v8.4, download and install the demo. Registration information from a previous version should automatically carry through to the newly-installed version.
Bibble v1.07 (Windows). Eric Hyman's US$75 .NEF browser and decoder for the D1 continues its rapid development pace, despite its author's busy travel schedule. V1.07 is the latest of three revisions posted in the last month. Notable changes include:
- Now reads both 8 and 16-bit TIFFs generated by Bibble itself, as well as the 8-bit TIFF files generated by the camera (v1.07).
- Batch process JPEGs, applying all of the functions available in Bibble's Options window (v1.07).
- Batch rotate images 90 degrees (v1.07).
- Improved Zoom function (v1.06b).
- Fixed several bugs that affected the display of EXIF info, tagging of colour space information and a crashing problem from within Bibble's included Photoshop plug-in (v1.06b).
MacBibble v0.4 (Mac). The Mac version of Bibble is slowly but surely progressing to v1.0 status. The latest pre-release testing version is 0.4. Many features are switched off, but basic processing of .NEF files into TIFF or JPEG files works. In short, there is just enough enabled at the moment to make this Mac user all excited about the program's potential. If you don't mind running somewhat buggy, unfinished software on your Mac, check it out.
CImage D1 v1.4 (Windows). Leif Svendsen's CImage D1 program joins Band Aide and DigiCam Pal in attacking the noise attendant in high-ISO Nikon D1 photos. Version 1.4 is the fifth version to be posted in the last month. Note that there's no web site describing the program; the link above is to a download directory.
Band Aide 1.0 (Mac/Windows). A Photoshop plug-in from Camera Bits that zaps D1 noise was released earlier this month. See the June 22nd story for more information.
Photo Mechanic 2.0r3 (Mac). Version 2.0r3 of Photo Mechanic Lite and Pro adds support for D1 TIFF files, and displays the thumbnail from .NEF files. See the June 5th story for more information.
In addition, D1 shooter Fred Schoenfelder discovered recently that a popular event photography package for Mac will work with a FireWire-connected D1 after all:
Rob, Just thought you would appreciate this tid-bit. Its concerning a breakthrough for the Nikon D1 and the Teps 2000 Event Imaging Software.
I purchased my D1 back in December right around Christmas. I was interested in getting in the Event Imaging market. I had done a fair amount of research and found that most Event Systems were Kodak and on the Wintell platform.
Well I have been a Mac man for some time, I guess since the SE , and it would have been difficult if not impossible for me to go over to the other side. Anyway my partner and I went down to Jacksonville, Fla. to Desktop Darkroom to look at an event system (Kodak). It priced out at about $30,000 which was more that we could afford.
We decided to go with the D1, use Photoshop, and buy a dye-sub printer.
I had a computer and Epson printers, lighting system, backdrops and a Kodak 260 that I had earned maybe $5,000 with in 1999. The only problem was that, there was no real Event Imaging Software that would support tethered operation of the D1 and support my Sony UPD-70AP printer.
I inquired on most of the professional discussion boards trying to find event imaging software. I was mostly referred to Teps, and Packageizer.
Triprism Inc. said that they would eventually support the D1 in Teps but they were awaiting the SDK to update their software. Pakagizer on the other hand had some good reviews but was not as heavy duty as Teps.
I had seen Teps in Atlanta at PPA last year, and was somewhat impressed.
I downloaded Teps 2000 on several occasions hoping to see a D1 upgrade.
I had even called and talked to Tim Justice of Triprism, but he could only tell me that they were waiting on the Nikon D1 SDK and would take my name and put it on a list to let me know when Teps supported the D1.
Well I got to playing around with Teps. It had the capability of using a "Hot Folder" to obtain pictures from a card reader or file on the computer. I thought about this for awhile and it seemed to me that the Nikon View DX software should allow the D1 folder to be designated as the "Hot Folder". I tried to no avail to make this concept work. I could transfer files from the mounted D1 to another folder and it seemed to work fine but not from the D1.
I suspected that the problem may be with the IBM microdrive that I was using or the fact that the mounted camera/disk was locked. I sent an e-mail to Triprism and suggested that the D1 should be able to interface directly with Teps 2000 if only they could fix this little problem I was having.
I got a response again from Tim Justice that thanked me for my inquiry and said the following:
We have been asking Nikon for software support to do the exact thing that you described in your email.
However, they have not released their SDK (software developers kit) to us at this time and until they do, we have no way to directly connect the camera to the computer.
We will keep you in our database and if you have any other questions, please call me at (858) 675-7552.
I was not satisfied so I called Triprism as soon as I got the e-mail. I got Tim and began to describe in detail how close I thought we were to making the D1 work directly with Teps 2000. We went over every detail of how Nikon View DX worked. I must have started sinking in for Tim.
Unfortunately he had to go to the airport to pick his father up, so he said he would have someone from the technical department call me back.
Sure enough, Serge, the technical wizard at Triprism, called me back within 15 minutes. I went through the ins and outs of the Nikon software and we went step by step in the Teps program attempting to point the "Hot Folder" to the D1 desktop folder. It just wasn't working. Then Serge asked me what version of the demo program I was running. I had version 6.1.5. Serge suggested that I download the latest version and try that. Apparently they had reworked some code around the "Hot Folder". We agreed I would download the latest version and try it, and Serge would call back in 30 minutes.
I downloaded version 7.4.3 and immediately installed it. It didn't take long to set the preferences up after going over them in great detail with Serge. When I clicked on the OPEN SITTING button guess what!!! My D1 pictures started immediately showing up in the preview area. I had three jpg files on the camera at the time. My excitement was building.
Now it was time to find out if the Nikon D1 would perform the most important test. Would it update the previews in Teps 2000 each time I took a picture. Snap, snap, snap...YES!!! three new exposures immediately came up on the screen. NOW I WAS REALLY EXCITED.
Serge called as expected. All I could say was Serge, IT WORKED, IT WORKED. By this time I think Serge was also getting a little excited.
Triprism now was looking at a fairly large and growing, installed base of Nikon D1 users that could become potential customers.
They realized the potential of our discovery and wanted to sow their appreciation for my help in the effort. They offered me the limited version of Teps 2000 for $200. THis normally sells for $999, and also mentioned that they may potentially upgrade me to the unlimited version ($3,999) if they were able to capitalize on the new information.
I have tried to do my part by posting information on as many of the Nikon D1 related discussion groups as possible. God knows I hope they do well with the D1 market. It seems to make so much sense to me, if nothing more than an option to the Kodak P&M solution. The Teps 2000 solution is very versatile as far as hardware is concerned, and also powerful as far as its event capabilities.
I received my software today and have not had a lot of time to devote to it. As I become proficient I can be of more help to those considering the purchase of this software.
Rob, I hope you are reading this and will find it newsworthy. I know a large number of professional look to you for the latest news and maybe this information will in some way be helpful to some of your readers who may already own a D1 or are considering getting into the Digital Event market.