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I prefer not to immediately ingest my image files into some program; I prefer to have the choice and the control over what I'm going to do with the images and where they'll go.

That's fine. I just want to make sure that people who are following along don't get the incorrect impression that when we make the decision to immediately ingest image files into a program doing so removes any control whatsoever over what we are going to do with our images or where they will go.
 
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I prefer not to immediately ingest my image files into some program; I prefer to have the choice and the control over what I'm going to do with the images and where they'll go.
I am NOT ingesting files into a program. They are on my HD and accessible by ALL my programs. And a backup copy goes automatically, and simultaneously to my backup disc. Nikon Transfer allows me to create a new folder, or sub-folder, or use an existing one. I can rename files to something meaningful,
 
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I am retired, I have plenty of time on my hands and I hardly consider clicking on a folder and dragging-and-dropping it from the card reader to the desktop is a huge "extra step." Sure, if I were a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer, a sports photographer or someone else with an employer or a client base and time was of the essence in promptly processing and editing the images to deliver to them, that would be a much different scenario.
Good reminder that we all have different needs based on how/what/how many images we shoot. I got by for years using Nikon View NX as my RAW converter by simply exporting images one at a time as needed in TIFF format for further PP in other software. I grudgingly started using LR when I started high volume shoots. Now it would be hard for me to give it up or switch to another DAM program.
I prefer not to immediately ingest my image files into some program; I prefer to have the choice and the control over what I'm going to do with the images and where they'll go.
I'm by no means familiar with every software package but have used at least half a dozen or more. I've yet to run across one that does not provide the option for the user to dictate where the files are stored. They may default to placing files in certain locations unless told to do otherwise but I've yet to see one that takes control of the directory.
 
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I've never used Nikon software. There are so many very good software options available today there is just no reason for me to try Nikon s/w.
I used to use the older program (NX-D ?). It did the job but was slow. Now I already have a combination of relatively low cost or free programs that I use on Mac and PC and it's hard enough remembering how to use those, so I wouldn't want the challenge of learning the quirks of yet another program. I did download it to take quick look at it and it seems to have everything one would want so I might give it a try in the future if my other programs fall short for some reason.
 
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Aside from being free, the use of Nikon "picture control" settings is the only advantage to the Nikon software. So if one wants SOOC results with RAW files it's really the only option. Or someone who shoots RAW+jpeg and wants to start editing a NEF file that looks like the jpeg version.

Early on I reasoned that no one knew more about converting NEF files than Nikon so I used the Nikon product (I forget what it was called) as my RAW converter and output TIFF files for pixel crunching with other programs. The software back then was actually written by Nik and used their control point feature. Like any software one of the big challenges was getting used to the interface. But ultimately as someone stated above Nikon is in the camera business. They stink at writing software. After they parted ways with Nik things went downhill IMO. At any rate we each have our own needs/requirements and whatever works is fine. When I started doing high volume shoots I switched to LR for RAW conversion. Never did really use the in camera "picture control" settings so didn't lose anything with the switch.
If I remember correctly, in those early days, Nikon software was the only one that could get the white balance right.
 
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If I remember correctly, in those early days, Nikon software was the only one that could get the white balance right.
That's correct. Early on Nikon would not release the necessary code for anyone to interpret the WB info in the NEF file. Developers figured it out anyway. Though even now what is the "right" WB. If I open a NEF file in Nikon software, DxO, or LR, the WB/colors look different in each. Also if you look at the k value and tint for the various presets(e.g. "daylight") they all use different numbers. So ultimately I'm not sure that any of the RAW processors generate the "right" WB. As users we each just have to figure out what works in a given program.
 
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So ultimately I'm not sure that any of the RAW processors generate the "right" WB.

That's exactly why I always use Auto White Balance set in the camera. I rarely have to change the white balance during post-processing but when I do have to change it, I can't imagine that using any particular raw converter would prevent that. When I'm doing studio stuff with gels on all of the light sources, I should change the white balance to a particular K value, but I rarely remember to do that. It's a good thing my style of photography doesn't require absolute color accuracy.
 
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Certainly leave WB on Auto in the camera anyway —although it doesn't do so well under very low-voltage Tungsten, Candlelight or discontinuous spectrum lighting (such as Fluorescent or Sodium) light sources. That way, the shot will look presentable on the camera's back screen.

For final editing, I find it essential to create my own Camera Profiles with a set of different Light-sources for each individual camera.

Explore the use of something like xRite's Color Checker Passport and use it to create your own Camera Profiles. Then use editing software which will permit you to load those Camera Profiles.

Then shoot RAW and save yourself the trouble of messing around with those Nikon "Picture Controls" which honestly have absolutely no value — unless you mistakenly believe that it is possible to check exposure and colour-correct accurately by looking at an sRGB JPG Preview representation on a Non Colour-Managed camera screen!

Even the in-camera Histogram is of very limited value because it only indicates the data in the displayed JPG Preview but not the full range of data captured in a RAW NEF.
 
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I downloaded it and noticed it replaced View NX-i but retained Capture NX-D. I have got so used to having all the adjustment windows in NX-D undocked open on a second monitor that I might find it hard to use. I also have not compared whether everything on NX-D is on NX Studio yet. It certainly looks ok for basics editing as well as it being free
I recently installed NX Studio and am just getting familiar with it and realized View NX-i was deleted. Perhaps NX Studio can work in a similar way but when I want to quickly edit a couple images after coming in from a shoot I would review in View NX-i, tag and then open in Photoshop.

Anyone attempt to install View NX-i after installing NX Studio? Again, might not be needed and I can always use Photo Mechanic.

I am also not thrilled about the Google connection. I wouldn't have even know unless I was digging around to find out what happened to View NX-i. Now I need to figure out how to change privacy settings if Google does in fact have access.

 
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"I've never used Nikon software. There are so many very good software options available today there is just no reason for me to try Nikon"

No other software except for NX Studio, or previous softwares from Nikon, can bring during editing all of the good qualities of a Nikon RAW data. Understand that NX Studio was made to edit NEF data from Nikon cameras. It is a manufacturer's software for its cameras. No other software can do that. Yes, you can edit NEF data with any RAW editor but you will never get the accurate colors you will get with NX Studio and I am sure there are other reasons.

If you do not print no problems, any editor will do for your on line needs but if you print your files only NX Studio will give you all of the goodness and colors Nikon built into the file.
 
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if you print your files only NX Studio will give you all of the goodness and colors Nikon built into the file.

I really don't think that statement stands up to scrutiny. More important, almost all photos are post-processed to display the colors that are desired, not the exact colors in the captured scene or the colors Nikon built into the file. As an example, every time an image's tone curve is altered, whether by using sliders or by adjusting the tone curve itself, the colors are changed from the colors Nikon built into the image file. The very few photographers that have a need for so-called color accuracy use products such as Xrite's Color Checker to ensure the best possible accuracy.

I also don't believe the issue has anything to do with whether photographers print their images. Please name five master photographers using Nikon cameras that use NX Studio in their post-processing workflow relating to their prints.
 
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I've yet to try NX Studio, but what I liked most about the old Capture NX is that I could set up the camera with a Picture Control setting to my liking and I would need to do very little post processing.

If I can figure out how to protect NX-i I'll probably download and try NX Studio.
 
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what I liked most about the old Capture NX is that I could set up the camera with a Picture Control setting to my liking and I would need to do very little post processing.

My personal experience and experience I've read of others is that other software applications now do a reasonably good job of emulating the Picture Control settings.
 
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Why does Nikon Studio crash all the time? It worked ok for a short while, and now it's useless. Same thing with Nikon transfer 2. Crashes 96% of the time. Just FYI for the transfer all my cameras are in the device manager portable file. Regardless of replacing it constantly it is pure junk. I'm at the point of selling everything and buying Canon.
 
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Welcome to the Cafe, Chris!

Why does Nikon Studio crash all the time?...Same thing with Nikon transfer 2. Crashes 96% of the time.
Try uninstalling the programs and reinstalling them, as a program file may have become corrupt. If that doesn't solve your problem, it's likely something having to do with your computer system, which can be frustrating in and of itself and even more so because it can be difficult to find.

I'm at the point of selling everything and buying Canon.

It doesn't make any economic sense to sell your gear at a loss and then buy new gear because of these software problems. Even if you can't get the Nikon software to work, there are plenty of third-party software packages that will do the trick for you and some of them are free. As an example, lots of folks here, probably most of them, never use the software made by a camera manufacturer regardless of the manufacturer.
 
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Why does Nikon Studio crash all the time? It worked ok for a short while, and now it's useless. Same thing with Nikon transfer 2. Crashes 96% of the time. Just FYI for the transfer all my cameras are in the device manager portable file. Regardless of replacing it constantly it is pure junk. I'm at the point of selling everything and buying Canon.

Which computer system are you on?
 
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