Google just announced that it’s making its Nik Collection of photoediting software a totally free download. Who doesn’t like free stuff, right?
The Nik Collection would be a good addition to its Google Photos and Snapseed, giving users plenty of tools to pretty up its collection. At this rate, Flickr will have a lot to worry about.
What is the Nik Collection? Google’s explanation is pretty succinct.
“The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.”
These plugins' names are Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. Previously you had to pay quite a lot of money (US$499.95) for them but the price was eventually cut down to US$149. Besides being standalone, they could also work as plugins for software such as Adobe’s popular Lightroom.
If you happened to pay money for it in 2016, Google says it will refund your purchase.
The developer behind Nik Collection, Nik, is also behind the popular Snapseed app. Still making the software free is also a sign Google is likely not going to develop the apps further and most of the effort will likely be going into Snapseed.
It’ll be sad for those who were fans of the plugins and their functionality. But still, you can’t really complain if the software is free. The most fans can hope for is that the software at least keeps up with operating system updates for as long as they can, and not end up being abandonware.
Head over to the Nik Collection site to download the suite for Windows and Mac.