I'll try to make it short, exposing my chronology
— 2004 : first DSLR, a Nikon D70; I shoot RAW almost immediately
— I began to use Capture NX
— 2006 : second DSLR, still shooting in RAW
— 2008 : bought a Capture NX2 license
— 2013 : third DSLR, still shooting in RAW
— 2013 too : first Macintosh, running OS X 10.8 or 10.9. Of course, I began to use Capture NX2 on this machine
— 2014 : Nikon stopped Capture NX2, and released the free Capture NX-D (free as free beer. Wonderful ? Careful, there are traps; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...)
From 2013 to now
— OS X : updated to Yosemite (10.10), then El Capitan (10.11), and recently to Sierra (10.12) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacOS)
— one or two years ago, I had to reinstall OS X from scratch, and that's when problems began
It was OK so far, because Capture NX2 was installed under OS X 10.8 or 10.9.
But on a fresh install >= 10.10, Capture NX2 refuses to install correctly. Even when using backups instead of the installer, it refuses my license number.
Do the programmers among you feel where may be the problem ?
My guess is that the lazy Nikon programmer compared the current OS X version to 10.6 (I guess it is the minimum requirement).
But, they did it using strings !
Thus, 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12 < 10.6, because it's like 10.1 < 10.6, so go away, I won't install !
Some would say : just upgrade to Capture NX-D, stupid, it's free !
No, that's not as simple as that.
Differences between NX2 and NX-D
— NX2 stores your work in the RAW file itself; NX-D uses a "sidecar" file. This means that all the work you do in NX-D is lost if you switch back to NX2. Which is what you're likely to do after few minutes trying the free version (because it brings nothing, except poor performances)
— NX2 has a very useful set of tools based on Nik software U-Points; NX-D has not. This means that all the work you did with NX2 is lost at once when you load a file in NX-D, not only because of the missing sidecar, but mainly because NX-D has lost the U-Point functionality
When Google bought Nik software, Nikon was not smart enough to make a deal that would preserve the work of its customers.
So Nikon is basically saying "thank you, you cannot edit your work any more with our software you bought a license for, we don't care, GFY now".
Yes, I did try under Windows. Yes, Capture NX2 works, even under Windows 10. So what ? I should trash my Mac for a Windows machine then ?
I'd rather post this story first. It may be good for others to know about, in addition to the problems that occurred on almost ALL recent Nikon DSLRs
— D600, quickly replaced by D610. Finally, angry customers got support for their D600, but it was hard to get
— D810, D750 had problems
— event the D500, which was heading toward stores was recalled before the first unit was sold
They also decided to raise the prices of their lenses a year ago. The only explanation I can imagine is : shareholders.
And next time I'll feel the need for new gear, may be I'll consider a switch to Canon or Pentax.