Nikon releases new photo-editing software - and it's free ...

Not much in the world of image making and editing is free, but there is a choice of free editing software out there. Nikon has added to the list with the release of NX Studio (version.1.0) for viewing and editing still images and video.

Many of the functions of the maker’s current software, the rather clunkily named ViewNX-i and Capture NX-D, are now integrated in NX Studio.

These include Picture Control and White Balance settings, and Exposure Compensation for Raw images. 

New additions include Colour Control Points that allow users to adjust colours within a specified area, and a Retouch Brush feature for advanced correction.

The new software’s menu structure is organised by workflow, which improves the overall response speed for each function and provides a smoother editing process for both stills and video, Nikon claims.

There are a variety of display options, such as filmstrip with both horizontal and vertical preview options, and a shooting information display.

NX Studio is compatible with other software, such as Nikon Transfer 2 and Camera Control Pro 2. 

It also enables users to transfer images to Nikon’s Image Space image sharing and storage service, and will be updated to ensure compatibility with new camera models.

However , if you are currently using View NX-i and Capture NX-D, you are encouraged to switch over.

“Support for View NX-i and Capture NX-D… including updates to the latest OS and the addition of new functions, are not planned in the future,” says Nikon.

You can download NX Studio for Windows and MacOS for free, from here.