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.
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