It was around the beginning of May this year that news about a new Nikon Capture NX release started to spread. Not surprisingly, this got a lot of attention in the Nikon community. It’s a piece of software that is generally regarded as unique from a feature and function point of view, but at the same time being seen as out of date in many other aspects. So when the rumour started to spread that a new Capture NX3 release was about to be released this year, naturally, it got everybody’s interest. To make things even worse, the rumour even said the new release would be build from scratch and would also contain almost all of the (excellent) Nik Software products as plugins. Simply too good to be true!
What happened since? Zero, zilch, nada, niente (except for a note about a NX3 Guide to be published in September)! But after that: nothing. Apparently – that is according to the Nikon Rumors website – Nikon is going to make some announcements next week on August 24th. I have no doubt they will. The website recently conducted a poll to find out what we wished the announcements to be about. To my great surprise, Capture NX3 wasn’t even on the list of candidates! Strange, to say the least. Especially when you consider the discussion the rumour caused and the attention it was given by the press in general. Somehow, we seem to be more interested in mirrorless technology, new Coolpix models or new DX or FX announcements. Whatever may be announced next week. But certainly nothing is expected to be said about Capture NX3. Does this then mean that the critics – who say the current version is also the last and final version – are going to be right?