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.