Monthly Archives: May 2005

Batch converting NEF RAW image files (take two)

First, I’d like to thank those who commented on my previous post
regarding this topic and I’ll followup here with a few replies:

  • Nikon Picture Project was the name of the application included with my
    camera and although I didn’t play with it for all that long the time I did spend
    with it wasn’t very satisfying
  • I’m familiar with BreezeBrowser as I also own a Canon PowerShot G1 (which
    has collected dust since my father-in-law let me borrow his Canon 10D) and
    stumbled into it looking for a replacement for ZoomBrowser. What is it with
    these high tech camera companies and their lousy supporting software?
  • Yes, Photoshop is just too darn expensive for me too
  • John, thanks very much for the links!

After being disappointed
with QImage not supporting my camera’s (Nikon
D70
) RAW format and hearing comments to the effect that the UI won’t likely
be improved I’m moving on. I’ve been investigating Nikon
Capture
mostly given that it comes directly from the manfacturer although
I’m not thrilled with the comments here
relating to it crashing all the time.

On another note, I’ve been using Google’s
Picasa
to manage my photos and believe it or not it handles my camera’s RAW
files just fine including thumbnails and exporting to JPG which you can also do
in a batch mode. I’m so darn impressed with Picaca and can’t believe it’s free.
I’m currently trying out it’s companion Hello but the jury’s still out as to whether or
not it’s something I’ll use on a regular basis.

I wish I could find more information about the Nikon SDK for manipulating RAW
images but Google hasn’t yielded a lot of details (yet). I’d be interested to
know if it supports COM or if it’s just a bunch of header files. From the looks
of things I’d have to contact Nikon directly and ask for the SDK or some such
nonsense. Anyway, this saga isn’t over yet and I’m sure things will continue to
evolve.

Batch converting NEF RAW image files, QImage Pro and Delphi

One thing that is definately neat about working on an application development
tool is to stumble into a cool application written using Delphi. Recently, I bought a Nikon D70
which produces NEF files (Nikon’s proprietary RAW file format) and thus I wanted
a tool to batch convert NEF files to JPG files for use on the web among other
places. I started with a typical Google search and quickly found out about an
application called QImage Pro which seemed to come up time and again in various
conversations regarding NEF to JPG conversion. After reading a few reviews on
this tool I visited Digital Domain
Inc.
the maker of QImage Pro and downloaded their demo. The first clue that
the app was developed using Borland tools were the BWCC style OK buttons
with the green checkmarks on them. A quick peek at the EXE and I found several
references to Delphi 4.0 which put a big grin on my face.

Of course, the next thing of thought of were ways to make the application
better like improving the flicker when the main window is resized, updating the
appearance of the dialog menus and toolbars (the application it looks very
“Win3.1-ish”), adding path completion to the directory combobox among others.
Since I’ve just started playing with QImage I haven’t yet paid for a
registration key but just knowing the application is written in Delphi puts me
that much closer.

[Updated: May 29, 2005] Unfortunately, when I tried
to view a D70 NEF file QImage didn’t support it and Googling around I found this
which is rather disappointing back to the drawing board…

Back after a bit of a break

My blog has been fairly quiet as of late as I’ve been on vacation spending
time with my family and getting to know our latest addition, a baby boy named
Colby Reid. He was born on May 2nd @ 11:13pm 7lbs 6oz 19 1/2”. He and my wife
are doing great and my daughter Alexis is getting used to not being the sole
focus of attention in our lives. I’ll get back to real blogging shortly.