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Best Software to Browse and/or Edit .NEF RAWs from the D90

Heider Alward , Dec 28, 2009; 07:27 a.m.

Hi there,

I was trying the D90 for few hours last weekend, a brilliant camera indeed. I wanted to know what is the best free software that can be used to browse and/or edit .NEF Raw files. I am a Canon user, so if there is any software similar to Digital Photo Professional of Cannon then that would be great.

Kind Regards

P.S. I haven't got the original CDs that came with the Camera.


Howard M , Dec 28, 2009; 07:38 a.m.

The 'View NX' software will come w/ the camera. It's Nikon's 'entry level' piece of software for processing NEF's, and then there is the much more advanced NX2 software which is not free. The majority of raw processors are not $0 but there are some.

Don Cooper , Dec 28, 2009; 07:48 a.m.

Nikon's View NX is free, great for viewing Nikon RAW files, but is somewhat limited for RAW processing. Free download is here - http://support.nikontech.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/61

Michael Rebello , Dec 28, 2009; 08:40 a.m.

Picassa is a free program and I believe it will also process Nikon Raw files . Just google
" Picassa " and download the latest version .

Wouter Willemse , Dec 28, 2009; 10:18 a.m.

The best quality, in my opinion, comes from Nikon software. So, as already suggested, ViewNX is certainly the place to start. As editor, it does not come close to DPP, although the creation of custom profiles ("picture styles") does allow for quite a lot more editing than seems at first face (a bit laborious, though). In my experience, as a quick workflow tool (tagging/rating and such), ViewNX is really quite nice and fast.

Other free options usually do not get the same quality from the RAW file.

Reid Priedhorsky , Dec 28, 2009; 11:33 a.m.

Picasa (correct spelling) works but is hellaciously slow.

I use and like Bibble. You'll want version 5 as 4 does not support the D90. It comes with a free trial (as most payware RAW converters do).

Andrew Gilchrist , Dec 28, 2009; 11:42 a.m.

Since you say free, you might want to look at FastStone . I personally find Adobe Lightroom to be well worth its cost though.

Lil Judd , Dec 28, 2009; 12:00 p.m.

Easy answer - - the best software at working with Nikon NEFs is Nikon Capture NX2
When it comes to IQ - that's the one which rules in this house.

Wayne Cornell , Dec 28, 2009; 12:11 p.m.

Get ViewNX free. Then buy Capture NX2 I casts les than most other progarms that can handle Nikon NEFs and it was designed by the company that made you camera, Nuff said.

Alex Iwonttell , Dec 28, 2009; 02:53 p.m.

I've recently re-discovered RawTherapee . Free and surprisingly good.

For best image quality, go for Nikon software.

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