March 24th, 2016
March 25th, 2013
Google announced today that it was making the Nik Collection desktop software plugins available to users for free.
The bundle includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund.
Google bought Nik software in 2012 with an eye toward honing its mobile editing capabilities. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the move to make the Nik Collection free meant the end of software updates and users have complained about a relative lack of updates to the suite (we’ve reached out to Google for more information).
UPDATE: A Google spokesperson tells us that the software will continue to be updated “to ensure compatibility with Operating System updates and host updates, such as Photoshop and Lightroom.” No word yet on whether users can expect new features.
The Nik plugins used to cost around $500, a price that was later slashed to $150.
Nik’s Silver EFEX plug-in is part of the newly priced bundle.
Perhaps making up for the controversy it created when it discontinued the Snapseed Desktop app, Google today announced a significant price cut for the Nik plug-in suite. The Nik plug-ins have long been popular with photographers looking to expand the power of Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom. Previously these plug-ins were in the $100-200 range with full six plug-in suites running $300 for Aperture/Lightroom and $500 for Photoshop/Elements.
However, today’s announcement reduces that price to $130 for the “Nik Collection by Google” and includes the Color Efex Pro 4, Dfine 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, Sharpener Pro 3, Silver Efex Pro 2 and Viveza 2 plugins. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that, according to the announcement, if you have bought any of the Nik plug-ins in the past, Google will be contacting you and offering you the ability to upgrade to the entire suite for free. If you have never tried the Nik plug-ins, you can visit niksoftware.com for a 15-day free trial of the Collection.
See the Nik Plug-in announcement on Google+ here.