Nikon released Nikon ViewNX 1.2 update a few days ago with some nice new features and a long list of usability improvements.
Immediately noticable are the Geotag and my Picturetown icons on the menu bar. I have just recently looked at Nikon my Picturetown again, and have been very interested in geotagging. So I decided to check out these two new features.
If you have a GPS hardware that hooks up to the camera during shooting, ViewNX can display shooting locations embedded in the photos as icons (blue pins) on a Google map. You can then scroll and zoom around the map to see where the images were taken. In case the GPS information was not accurate, you can modify the location by moving the location marker on the map.
If your images do not have GPS information embedded, you can zoom in on the map, then manually place the marker at the location the photo was taken. The location data will be writen into the photo.
The screen capture above shows the geotagging interface in Nikon ViewNX 1.2. It only allows editing of GPS information one photo at at time. At beginning, I was a little frustrated as I had to place one marker for each of the photos. After reading the help file, I realized that I can tag one file, right-click on the thumbnail to copy the GPS information, then paste it on to any number of selected thumbnails to geotag them all with the same location information!
After selecting the thumbnails of the photos you want to upload to my Picturetown, a click of the my Picturetwon icon will bring up the upload settings dialog box. In the dialog box, you can easily create folder/albumn, add tags (to all files, or individually), and change upload file formats. NEF, JPEG (different quality), 16-bit TIFF, and 8-bit TIFF files are supported.
Once you are done tagging and setting up the upload file format, click OK button to start the upload process. A file uploader progress box will appear. At this point, you don’t have to stare at the progress bar, you can minimize it and do something else within ViewNX. You can actually setup another batch of files to be uploaded. When you click Ok on the upload settings dialog box, the new batch of photos will be added to the upload queue and the overall upload progress reflected in the file uploader progress dialog box.
There are many usability improvements in Nikon ViewNX 1.2. For a complete list of changes please see the list below. Download links for US version are at the bottom of this post.
Complete list of changes in Nikon ViewNX 1.2
- Image display support for NRW-format RAW images captured with the P6000 has been added.
- A GeoTag icon has been added to the toolbar.
- Based on the GPS information embedded with capture, shooting location can now be indicated on maps using Web Mapping services. In addition, GPS data can now be added to images captured with cameras that do not offer a GPS function or those to which geotag information has not been attached, by confirming shooting locations on the map.
- A myPicturetown icon has been added to the toolbar. Files can now be uploaded to myPicturetown by simply clicking this icon.
- IPTC information can be copied and/or pasted. Select the image containing the XMP/IPTC information to be copied, and then select Copy IPTC Information from the Edit menu. Select the image(s) to which XMP/IPTC information will be pasted choose Paste IPTC Information from the Edit menu. XMP/IPTC information copied to the clipboard will be saved to the selected image(s).
- File and camera information for a particular category (File Info 1, File Info 2, Camera Info, etc.) displayed in the Metadata palette can now be copied via context menus.
- Sharpness, Contrast, Highlight Protection, and Shadow Protection adjustment functions have been added to the Quick Adjustment palette.
- Fine Adjustment, and Tint adjustment functions have been added to the White Balance section of the Quick Adjustment palette.
- When Use Gray Point is selected for adjusting white balance from the Quick Adjustment palette, the size of the point can now be selected from 3 pixel sizes.
- In Full Screen display mode, file order / total file number is now displayed in the bottom bar.
- In Full Screen and Image Viewer modes, the zoom ratio is now shown.
- Two separate image rotation icons, Rotate 90° CW and Rotate 90° CCW, are now available in the toolbar. A Rotate 180° has also been added to the context menu*.
- Full screen slideshows of all images can now be displayed when no images or just one image is selected in the Thumbnail area.
- When a window is displayed on the secondary monitor in a multiple-screen environment, the display profile can now be changed to that of the secondary display profile. However, since Windows XP does not support multiple display profiles, the primary display profile will still be applied to the secondary monitor.
- Map Datum and Altitude Reference items have been added to the GPS information displayed in the Metadata palette.
- When thumbnails are selected in Thumbnail Grid mode or Image Viewer mode and SHIFT + DELETE is pressed, images are now completely deleted.
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