Nikon View Pro

This also from Nikon-

Main Features
Fast image display – much quicker display of JPEG, TIFF and RAW (NEF) images.

Action key – a single key to which up to five individual actions (selected and combined by user) can be assigned.

IPTC data editing – allows IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) data to be edited and copied from one image to another.

Five display modes – make it fast, easy and convenient to select images and check details.

Single image display mode – offers a choice between 100% and 50% scale.

Multi image display modes (vertical and horizontal) – make image comparisons easy, with one window to be fixed and the other to be replaced.

Full-screen display mode – maximizes display size with a frameless window option.

Marking – adds various possible operations (including sorting, moving, copying and organizing) to marked images.

FTP data transfer – supports File Transfer Protocol (FTP) for transferring selected images.

Capture NX

From Nikons website-
Supercharge your workflow with the next generation of high-quality image editing and processing. Utilizing Nikon Software’s exclusive and patented U PointTM technology, Advanced Nikon Capture 4 delivers you powerful tools to help you fully realize the potential of your photographic imagination.
The new Capture NX software releases not only the power of Nikon’s Electronic Format (NEF) files; for the first time it makes JPEG and TIFF processing and editing elegant and easy enough for any photographer to implement. There are no complicated procedures – Nikon’s new interface provides intuitive access to all of the tools you need. Make photographic possibilities endless and realize the power of your imagination with Capture NX.

Workflow- Its about the flow of work

After a while you realize that the more time you spend just getting those pics onto your computer, the less time you actually want to spend enhancing or even just enjoying what you have produced. Workflow is such a personal issue and one which seems to get everyone a little hot under the collar, I have developed a simple process which works for me and uses mostly software I have gotten with my cameras.

Step 1
Transfer files using picture project- The window comes up automatically why not use it? I choose to delete all files once downloaded, rotate automatically and synchronize date with my computer. I also chose to put the files in a new folder for every download. One thing I have also started to do lately is add pics to a collection- this helps me find them quickly.

Step 2
Basic edit in picture project- I can hear you screaming from here, why not use it? I like the features, especially the lighting and contrast sliders also the color boost is great as well. I tend to shoot black and white on the camera in the case of the D200 but you can use Project to convert for you.

Step 3
Advanced edit in Capture- I select hero photos and sharpen, adjust, correct and general fiddle with in Nikon Capture. Its is the best NEF conversion software around (so it should be) and essential if you shoot NEF files like me. You can batch convert multiple files and plug your camera in to upload custom curves.

Step 4
Archiving- This is where I step away from the Nikon software and head into Fotostation. I add basic info such as-
Copyright
Keywords
Caption (keep it short and sweet)
Everything can then be transferred into my archive which is held on my firewire Maxtor external. The main point, in fact the most important thing to remember is ALWAYS CAPTION BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR FILES TO YOUR ARCHIVE, if you cant find them again they are of no use to you. Imagine a year later, you remember that great shot you did of uncle Bobs birthday but how do you retrieve it amongst the thirty thousand other pics you have sitting in that folder marked “My Pictures”?

that’s about it, I also add keywords such as “favorite” or “print” just so I can find this quickly, the history function in fotostation will tell you if and when you printed something. Lately I have begun to assign things to projects which helps as well.