In the last post we announced that we are indeed actively working on a new version of Sofortbild and why it’s taking us so long. Today we’ll share a few more details about that upcoming version.
As outlined in part 1 and elsewhere, Sofortbild relies on a component provided by Nikon to talk to cameras, called an SDK. Sofortbild can only support models for which Nikon provides that component. This means we will be able to support the following models going forward, as only those SDKs are compatible with OS X El Capitan:
- Nikon 1 V3
This also means that all other/older camera models are no longer supported, even if they used to work in earlier versions of Sofortbild. We are very sorry about this, but there’s simply no other possibility. Read on for potential workarounds.
We may be able to support future Nikon cameras as we did in the past. We’ll share details once new cameras and SDKs become available.
As we keep getting lots of requests: Nikon has never released an SDK for the D3xxx series, so it’s doubtful that this will change in the future. Most likely you’ll always need at least a D5xx series camera.
OS X Compatibility
Right now Sofortbild does not at all work on OS X El Capitan, as of this writing the most recent version of the Mac operating system. Obviously our most important goal is to offer a solution for the latest and greatest OS.
Mac OS X updates have been available free of charge for a several years, and most Macs that were able to run Mac OS X Lion (v 10.8) are still able to run OS X El Capitan today.
These facts and our limited time for implementation and testing mean that going forward Sofortbild will require at least OS X El Capitan (v 10.11.x).
What to do if you can’t run the lastest Mac OS X or you have a camera that’s no longer supported in the upcoming version?
We will try to offer Sofortbild version 1.3.x as direct download, free for everyone. This version works all the way back to Mac OS X Leopard (v 10.6.x) and runs fine on older Macs.
This version will continue to use the old SDKs, so it supports all older camera models including the old legacy supported ones that are listed in the FAQs.
As long as you have a combination of older camera and older Mac, you will be good to go. However, if you have a fairly new camera, you’ll need a modern Mac and likewise, if you have a Mac running El Capitan you need one of the cameras listed above.
We still have to figure out a number of things that are now broken since the move to El Capitan and 64-bit. Once most functionality is back, we will most likely do some kind of beta testing, as we don’t have access all supported hardware. We’ll share more details as that approaches.
There will be also at least one more post on the future version soon. Keep checking back…
* While Nikon has provided an SDK for the D5, it unfortunately is incomplete and does not work. We are hoping for an update soon.
110 Comments for “Into the future – part 2”
Great news, thank you for all your work. I can test a D3 and D810 version if you are interested
Florian ,,, thanks for the update. We standby to Beta test a D600 if that is useful.
If it may help, I can test on D7200. Thanks for the work done.
Florian… i can test on D750… thanks for working hard on it.
Development transparency is much appreciated guys! Thank you! Do you have a beta channel where one can test pre-release versions? Also if you’re in need of any UI / UX / Design help, let me know!
I’m so glad to hear about the progress! My office has a D300s, D750, D800, D810 and D7000 if you need testers for those cameras.
Eager to test with my D750. Thanks for the update.
Tanks for you effort.
If may help too, I can test on D90.
Awesome news, Florian. I’ve had to use other software in the mean time but wait with baited breath for this software as it is by far the best. I’d be happy to test with my D810, El Cap (10.111.3), MacBook Pro Retina 2.5Ghz, i7, 16GB Ram, if you need any help.
Version 1.3 will not see my D90. what am i doing wrong? When i plug the camera in iPhotos opens and wants to download my pics. but for some reason there is no tethering to sofortbild?
Please read the earlier blog posts like Sofortbild and OS X El Capitan…
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I’m just getting into tethered shooting and it wasn’t working with my mac. I’m on lightroom 5.7 and frustrated they probably won’t update this software to fix it. I’m looking forward to your software fix so I can tether my D5300 to my mac…
Looking forward to it! Many thanks!
You can count on me if you need a tester with D7100.
Alan C. Leesays:
This is great news!!! Thank you Florian!
Happy to test with D300
Thank you guys! Hope you can resolve the problem very soon. I use the software for my research work and I might be stuck as I updated to El-Capitan on my laptop and the one from work is a new one so El-Capitan already. AAaaahhh, If had known I would have stay on Yosemite on my laptop. I was really getting excited to start working again when I got all the material I needed and now realise that I cannot use my favourite software ;(
That said, I’m happy to run test with the D5200, if that helps. Let me know!
I’d love to test with my D5300!
Thanks for so much work that you have put into that project!
Thanks, Florian. I’m happy to help test, as we use your app in high-volume production all day, every day. Currently relegated to a D700, but happy to test with a D810 as soon as a beta is ready.
I’m so happy, you continue work on a new Version.
If you are interested, i can test with D300 and el Capitan
Sofortbild is fantastic software.
I haven’t used it for many years, but a new project has arrived and with it the need to time-lapse, so I am excited to see there will be a new release of Sofortbild.
A feature that I haven’t found anywhere is tethered shooting on a schedule. For example, time-lapse of a backyard sunrise to sunset for 6 months. (Time-lapse that excluds night time.)
If there was an iOS version of Sofortbild, we could time-lapse out the window with all the old iPhones, iPads, and iTouches available.
Thank you for this great software. Happy to test with a D750 and D7000.
Ready to beta test with a D90!
Will test a d5100 and d7200 if needed! Cheers to you guys, love the app and can’t wait for it to be back 🙂
Any news boys? This silence isn’t good…hope you have all under control! :o7
Just found your app on thoms site, great work! D500 ready for testing! (when included in the SDK, D5 just(27/04/16) added)
Finally the Nikon SDK was updated to support the D500!
If you find yourself in need of someone to test a D70, I am certainly willing to do so.
I am willing to beta test the Nikon D610. Nothing supports this body and it’s killing me! 🙁
D800 and the app dont see my camera, is it logical ? config : mbAIR, D800, and soforbild, what can I do to make it works ? thank you
Thank you for all your hard work.
I can help test with a D90
Since you posted this I have been eagerly waiting for some news from you guys! What’s up? Any help the community could provide? Please let us know
Would be so thrilled to use with the d750, only bummer about upgrading cameras was losing sofortbild!!
Is there any update on the availability of the 1.3x version for download?
Happy to test with d750. I miss this app so much!
Any news? If there are no plans to revive this, it might be time to make some sort of announcement and get it off of the App store.
Julio Roa Tellezsays:
Thanks Florian, I can Betatest El Capitan and D500 if you interested, Ofcourse i’m Interested as I would love to be able to use this software.
Killy K Killysays:
I would be happy to help you test! I have a D700 and a D800.
Would be happy to test with a D90! Thanks for all your efforts.
In addition to the models mentioned initially, the D500 will also be supported. In theory also the D5, but unfortunately the SDK from Nikon is not working right now.
Any update of the status of the new version or beta. We have a busy art department and shoot 500+ products a year (3,100+ images this year and counting). We would be happy to test a beta using our D7000.
Please check the new beta!
If this is not the place to post beta testing results, please advise.
Brief test of the current beta (shows as 1.5b5 (93), with Nikon D90 and MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013), running latest Mac OS X (10.11.6):
Able to connect! The few basic functions I tried are all OK! More testing later, but so far THANKS!
P. S. Would be nice to be able to get “Live View” window to go full screen.
Thanks for the feedback so far! Re sharing results, we have built feedback functionality into the app for your convenience.
This release is about getting the app to work, new features later.
How can I beta test this? Nikon d610
Go to http://www.sofortbildapp.com/beta/
Nikon d610 is still not recognized. Can not wait to use this app once it’s all ironed out. 😁
Can you please outline your exact setup (Mac, OS) and the steps you are performing to make it work?
We do have at least one report of success with the D610 on OS X 10.11.6.
thanks Florian….. just downloaded beta… will test on saturday
Just downloaded and installed it, got it all set up and ran some test shots. So far so good. Thanks!! We are about to get going on our busy cycle so this is the perfect time for us to test this. Thank you.
It’s the perfect time to test!
Wanted to leave some feedback.
2,352 images taken (800+ products) since downloading the beta with no noticeable issues. I think we had the machine lock once, but it also runs syncing software for our web image library so that may have been the culprit.
From a user’s perspective it runs exactly like the previous version which is a VERY good thing as we love this app and it has been an essential part of our workflow for at least 6 years.
27″ iMac (Late 2009) 3GHZ C2D (4GB RAM)
Running OSX 10.11.6
All shots captured to network drive via Sofortbild. High Res JPEG (no RAW).
This machine is used to shoot products and sync web images to a web server. No other applications run on it.
Thank you very much for the feedback, that’s great to hear. Unfortunately there are still a few users with issues, so it’s not yet time to call it a release. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.
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Merci Florian. Test on Nikon D750.
Woo-hoo! Just saw there was a 1.5 El Capitan beta and immediately downloaded it. Works perfectly on our 2011 (mid 2010 model) Mac Pro under 10.11.6 using a Nikon D800. No more booting into Yosemite to take tethered shots!
Thanks Florian, it works wit the Nikon D800 at the moment.
Hello! Can you make a germAN EDITION of your site ’cause it’s very good!!
Vielen Dank für den Vorschlag, aber derzeit haben wir leider nicht die Ressourcen dafür, App oder Website in mehreren Sprachen zu pflegen.
It (1.5 beta 6) recognizes my 810 and will control the camera (can take photos) but the photos won’t show in viewer and are not importing into the folder. Using a MacBook Pro Retina 2012 running El Capitan 11.6. My 600 works great…. I can’t help but think its something on the 810….
Thanks for the feedback! We have heard that before, so we are aware. Unfortunately we don’t (yet) know a good solution. Complicated to explain, but in brief, it’s absolutely not easy to work with that Nikon SDK on modern macOS. We’ll try our best.
Hello Florian, I’m Fan of SOFORTBILD app. Its really easy to use. Eagerly waiting for the updated version. I’d like to know approx when it will be available for OS X El Capitan.
Honestly, we don’t know yet. Our time for the project is extremely limited and we still have users with problems using the new version.
HI, it is the same for me.
I have Nikon D810 FW 1.11 and MacBook Pro retina 13-inch Late 2013 i7, 16Gb.
It is possible control the camera but I don’t see the picture in my MacBook.
Can you please try again with the new version 1.5 beta 7 available at http://www.sofortbildapp.com/beta/ ?
I tried the new version 1.5b7 but is the same.
I see the camera data in my MacBook but I don’t see the pictures.
MacOS version 10.12.1
Thanks for the feedback, and sorry it doesn’t work, still. Sorry for not remembering: what camera model are you using?
You can press the capture button in the UI and the camera captures, but the image never shows up in Sofortbild? Do you see the spinner in the lower right of the window spinning? Does it stop eventually, or continue spinning forever?
hi guys my activation code always ends up on error
Florian , How can I get a key to test the beta version on D7100 ? I just bought my Imac and sadly found that the sofort bild I downloaded from Itunes does not work with El Capitan . I am a youtuber and record my videos remotelly … now I have no option , can zou lease help me ?
If only the activation codes for the beta version were recognised! Disappointed as I really would have loved to test this with a D800.
Please retry downloading a code.
Florian! You are awesome. Thank you. 🙂 The activation code has worked – I can’t wait to start playing around with the app. I have some physical limitations and this app has the potential to really help the quality and quantity of my work. I’m very much looking forward to trying everything out! Thank you again 🙂
Great to hear you are now able to use Sofortbild!
Unfortunately, the activation code for the BETA version always gives me an error – even when I press on Buy License, i get re-directed to the BETA page where I can download a new *.pdf containing a different activation code, but no matter how often I try – it is always incorrect. Any way I can get the program started?
Sorry, the codes did run out. I just entered new ones. Please retry.
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Thank you for the New Codes! – Just after an initial play -It’s working!!!! Thanks – However:- I can’t control the settings of the camera whilst the LV is selected… is this deliberate? Nor can I fire the Shutter when LV is selected, LV disables all controls on the Camera and the Computer.. but does give crisp real time images! Which is great! Thanks & Keep up the good work!
D800 & macbook pro – late2013 16gb graphics top of the range card etc…
Thanks for the feedback! It’s not intentional, but that’s how the naive version of the Live View works right now. Unfortunately Nikon cameras are very inflexible in this area. Once we have the 1.5 final out of the door, we will look into improving Live View.
My beta won’t activate with the code I have. I’ve tried multiple codes.
Sorry, ran out of codes. New ones available now, please try again.
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I did not receive any code and am on sure how to download the new update could you please help me?
Please follow the instructions at http://www.sofortbildapp.com/beta/
I have just tried the activation code from http://www.sofortbildapp.com/beta/ and it is invalid.
I am looking forward to using the app with children with physical disabilities – they can control a Mac with various bluetooth software and thus control a camera!
Sorry Rob, ran out of codes. New ones available now, please try again.
Please also let me know if Sofortbild works for your needs.
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Many thanks – I’m shooting with a D5300. Come up against a problem with live view – error log submitted.
Hello Florian, Looks like the activation codes may have run out again – is there any plan to release any more?
Hi David, I see codes being available. Please try again.
Thanks Florian – has worked this time.
Trying to open Sofortbild today and and error message is coming up:
“This beta version of Sofortbild has expired”
I tried downloaded again from the beta page but the same error appears – is there a new version available?
Sorry about this, new beta is out now: http://www.sofortbildapp.com/beta/
Hi, I’m getting the same message at the moment. How would I be able to resolve this?
Once again, a new beta has been released. Thanks for your patience!
Hi Florian I was trying to download the beta version, but seems like the activation codes are not working. thanks.
New codes are available now, sorry for the delay!
Hi, just downloaded 1.5b9 and its saying “This beta version of Sofortbild has expired”.. what to do? thats the latest version isnt it? thanks.
Sorry about that! New beta is out at http://www.sofortbildapp.com/beta
getting message that the beta version has expired
Sorry about that. New beta is out at http://www.sofortbildapp.com/beta
Downloaded the beta – no problem. Unzipped – no problem. Ran application. Opens, but not functional. No menu choices, nothing in the app works. Can’t even close it without doing Force Quit. Running 10.12.6 on a MacBook Pro Retina. Will be happy to try whatever you suggest and report back.
not sure what happened, never heard that before. Didn’t you see the sheet to enter the activation code?
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trying to test new beta, but validation code seems to be “incorrect”.
have a nice day.
Sorry, activation codes had run out. New ones are available now, please get another one and try again.
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perfect ! thanks !
infinity of numbers
how can we run out
thanks for your reminder.
This is a public beta test. We want to keep an eye of people downloading and using the app vs. people providing valuable feedback for the product they’re using for free.
New codes are available now. Thanks for testing and providing feedback.
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Stoked to test this. Using with a D810. So far my test shows app looks fine but when I capture no images appears on the screen. I need to dig a little further in as it may be something wrong in my camera settings. It’s late in the studio so that could be the problem. Ha!
Ti Timm, please let us know how things go. We get continued reports of sporadic problems, but so far no clue what the problem could be, as the very same setup (macOS and camera model) works for other users. And we can’t possibly test all combinations, constrained by time and money. Cheers, Florian
Awesome project. Unfortunately it seems you have run out of activation codes again 🙂
Hi Pim, thanks for letting us know. Did refill codes. Cheers, Florian
Running Sofortbild on MacOS High Sierra. Camera is D5100. It’s recognized but Sofortbild does not show the what the camera is seeing, in other words, it does not show on computer the image until you’ve taken the shot. I thought it’s suppose to show the view on the computer. Another issue is Live View is not working on Sofortbild.
Sofortbild Version 1.5b13 (302) by the way.