As of March 24, Google has made its Nik Collection of plug-ins free–a huge price drop from its recent $149 price. The Collection includes a half-dozen plugins-, all compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Aperture. In addition to Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine, you’ll also be able to download one of the best black and white conversion software on the market today, Silver Efex Pro. (Check out my Workflow column in the May/June issue of Digital Photo Pro for a deep dive into some of the plug-in’s features.) According to the Google blog post below, anyone who purchased the Nik Collection in 2016 will get a refund.
Google acquired Nik Software in September, 2012 and users were concerned about whether Google would continue Nik’s legacy of innovation. Although Google has updated the plug-ins in the past, albeit not recently. While free access to these outstanding plug-ins is great news, one has to wonder about the future of the Nik Collection and whether Google will continue supporting the software with updates. Only time will tell but, for now, download the plug-ins and enjoy them. They’re powerful, intuitive to use and well worth sacrificing a bit of space on your hard drive.
Read more in Google’s blog post here.