Advice about PP software needed

Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
556
Location
Manchester, England
My wife has just decided that she no longer wants a beautiful little JVC mini laptop she bought last year. It's not a bad spec, runs Windows XP Pro, 40 Gb hard drive, great little screen and it seems small enough to take on trips instead of my Flashtrax which seems a little unreliable now.

The basic problem is it has only 256 Mb RAM and Capture and PS7 won't run acceptably. I would like to be able to do some work with images on the road. I always shoot RAW but I don't usually do much in Capture before going to PS.

My question is, is there any PP software which will run acceptably in this amount of RAM? I'm considering Photoshop Elements. Can it handle NEF files and will it run at reasonable speed? Other than that. it seems I'm stuck with Nikon View.

Does anyone have any advice for me?
 
Joined
Feb 2, 2005
Messages
35,159
Location
Arizona
Real Name
Chris
I might be chaeper to upgrade the RAM so you can use whatever software you want. I find my older Powerbook is much better than any of the little image bank devices because it has a huge screen, runs Photoshop and can burn CDs in the field.

Oh, and yes. PS Elements will process NEFs.
 
Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
556
Location
Manchester, England
Thanks Chris. This seems to be the concesnsus of opinion. The notebook has a limit of 512 MB, so I'll bump it up to that and see what happens.
 
Joined
Feb 2, 2005
Messages
7,972
Location
Maple Bay, Duncan, BC, Canada
Real Name
Andreas Berglund
I dont want to be a spoiler but when i tested the demands of NC 4.2 and 4.3 for RAM I found that unless you have more then 1.6 GB RAM (!!!) it will start swapping to the harddrive. This is of course insane. Nikon's programmers just basically failed the elementary programming class on that alone. Then the fact that NC doesnt use the graphics processor at all. F again.

So the best choice for you IMHO is to stay clear of NC 4 (Nikon View and it's editor uses the NC 4 DLL's so they should not be used either) and go for say Photoshop elements or Photoshop CS (or CS2) they seem to do ok on 512 MB, but not great.

Hope this was helpful
 
Joined
May 8, 2005
Messages
4,638
Location
Orlando, FL
I don't know what it is with NC. I just had a PC built with a 3.4 GHz P4 processor and 4 GB RAM. It still runs slowly compared to PC/ACR. I want to use it, I really do. But it's so sloooow . . . . :?
 
Luckynp said:
My wife has just decided that she no longer wants a beautiful little JVC mini laptop she bought last year. It's not a bad spec, runs Windows XP Pro, 40 Gb hard drive, great little screen and it seems small enough to take on trips instead of my Flashtrax which seems a little unreliable now.

The basic problem is it has only 256 Mb RAM and Capture and PS7 won't run acceptably. I would like to be able to do some work with images on the road. I always shoot RAW but I don't usually do much in Capture before going to PS.

My question is, is there any PP software which will run acceptably in this amount of RAM? I'm considering Photoshop Elements. Can it handle NEF files and will it run at reasonable speed? Other than that. it seems I'm stuck with Nikon View.

Does anyone have any advice for me?
Check out JASC paint shop pro 9. It's a dinomite program............. and has the Bibble RAW converter.

JohnG
 

Latest posts

Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Nikon Cafe is a fan site and not associated with Nikon Corporation.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji: https://github.com/twitter/twemoji
Copyright © 2005-2019 Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom