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Subject: Re: What does Nikon Capture 4.3 have that ACR does not?





Last year Nikon tried to sell Capture as a product making PS superfluous,
which it cannot.




To be fair to Nikon, they tried to position NC (Nikon Capture) as the most Nikon friendly raw processor and PS (Photoshop) as a great program to remove telephone poles. Nikon sold it as a marriage of two --but made it clear which newlywed they thought should be assigned to do the dishes. ;-)

I found out that Nikon's claim, preposterous as it may sound particularly
to graphic designers, isn't far off the mark: If you took care while taking
a picture you may not need a lot of pre-/post-processing.




Nikon makes a certain set of assumptions of how a raw file should be processed. In most cases, it's suitable for web delivery or low cost inkjet printers. In PS-ACR (Photoshop-Adobe Camera Raw), the user is given a base, and then dials in their own assumptions for optimal output. While this has proven somewhat troublesome for new, or inexperienced users, it benefits experienced graphic professionals because they can expand their range of output by optimizing for a target press or printer.

Both NC and ACR allow one to tweak their raw processing. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. Nikon knows their camera, but ADOBE integrates well into professional workflows. NC is a one trick pony. ACR +Bridge manage and process a wide array of cameras. Ideally, if you deal with many NEFs, it's a good idea to own both. If you only deal with some, you can get away with just owning NC.

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