Nikon has long been a leader in camera innovation, in both the film and digital worlds. For decades, they’ve pioneered new capabilities and introduced important breakthroughs in camera technology. Like most camera vendors, though, when digital photography hit, Nikon did not show tremendous prowess in software development. The original Nikon Capture, which shipped with Nikon’s digital cameras for years, was a capable raw converter with some simple workflow tools built in, but it was never real competition for the likes of Adobe Photoshop, or any number of other third-party applications.

Then, a few years ago, Nikon teamed up with venerable developer Nik Software. Well known for Photoshop plug-ins such as ColorEfex Pro and SharpenerPro, ...

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