Nik collection = free

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by SnapDawg, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

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  2. taqtaq

    taqtaq SC Regular

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    Tuukka
    I've been thinking about buying it, now I'm happy that I haven't yet.. I just hope they won't stop the development (not that I know how active it has been anyway).
     
  3. bluzcity

    bluzcity SC Veteran

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    Brent
    I really like the darken lighten center, tonal contrast, and a couple other things.
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I really hope they keep developing it. The Nik plug-ins (mostly Silver and Color Efex Pro and Viveza, but I've used a couple of the others on occasion). I paid full price for it back in about 2011 and frankly I'd be lost without these tools...

    -Ray
     
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  5. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

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    Ken
    Apart from the free addition of Analog Efex some time ago (two years already?) I haven't noticed any changes or upgrades since I've bought the collection a couple years ago. Good news anyway for those folks who don't already have it - before Google took over, Silver Efex Pro alone sold for $199 and despite its 'age' the NIK collection is still one heck of a plugin suite IMO.
     
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  6. 480sparky

    480sparky SC Regular

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    Ken
    Sorry. It ain't free. Just a 15-day demo.
     
  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
  8. 480sparky

    480sparky SC Regular

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    Ken
    Not%20free.



    Then they're just plugging the free demo.
     
  9. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Same here. I use Silver Efex, Color Efex, Dfine and Nik Sharpen (when printing) tools all the time. I'm afraid, though, this probably means they will not continue to develop it. Good news for anyone who doesn't have the Suite, but sad news otherwise.

    Antonio
     
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  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    OK, go here:

    Google Nik Collection

    And see the note at the top of the page. Maybe you need to download from that link again. I just uninstalled mine, downloaded and installed this (to make sure all of my stuff is up to date) and no such demo stuff. What happens if you click "buy"? Are they still taking your money?

    -Ray
     
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  11. 480sparky

    480sparky SC Regular

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    Ken
    They're not taking any money. Click on Buy and I get sent right back to the same download site.

    I'm thinking you have to already own PhotoShop in order to use it free.
     
  12. ggweci

    ggweci SC Regular

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    Craig
    Ray's link worked for me.
     
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I bought it years ago and consider it essential. Easily my most used software.

    ANd now an even BETTER value :biggrin:
     
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  14. rayvonn

    rayvonn SC Veteran

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    Normally, I'd be p*^$?d at having paid US $150 for software that subsequently gets given away for free but not in this case. I was very happy with what I got, it was worth every cent. I agree with @ajramirez@ajramirez though in that it's a real shame development seems to be ceasing. And what does this mean for other plugin developers?
     
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  15. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    There will be no more development. That's clear from the announcement on the Google + page:

    As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

    In other words, "we're going to cream off elements of the desktop suite for Snapseed and Google Photos and stop development". Though given there has been almost no obvious development since Google acquired Nik in 2012 this is hardly a surprise. Google has form here, having previously bought and then killed off the Picasa desktop software.

    Short term this is great news - I'm downloading it as I type. Long term, not so good. While the software will continue to work perfectly well for now sooner or later it's going to become outdated, or unusable and we'll have one less choice. Presumably, Google will keep hold of the technology and the patents so there's no chance of someone else picking up the products and continuing development.
     
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  16. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles SC Regular

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    I have the NIK suite and always found Silver Efex Pro to be a very good app but there's isn't any more development going into them and they're getting pretty long in the tooth. I switched to Tonality Pro for my BW about a year ago and haven't looked back.
     
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  17. Tillman Bennett

    Tillman Bennett SC Rookie

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    Jul 15, 2015
    Tillman Bennett
    Is the noise reduction plugin anything special?
     
  18. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    it's free

    I never use it, but it seems to have a robust set of tools and parameters, and of course it gives you control points for selective noise reduction
     
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  19. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I hate to be negative, but Google has a habit of buying nice products and then either killing them or messing them up. Picassa is another example and so is Zagat's restaurant guide. I thought Google's slogan was "First, do no harm." Other then that, I'm happy so many are getting the Nik suite for free.
     
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  20. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Dublin, Ireland
    Dang, Luke... I never thought of that :-D
    I haven't used Niks Denoise in years. I'm using Topaz Denoise now - doing selective noise reduction via painted PS layermasks when I need it.
    But the Upoint thing could be a nice timesaver... Will give that a try sometime!