Nik Collection users rejoice: DxO has announced that they’re acquiring the Nik Collection assets from Google. The current version is available for free on DxO’s website. But they plan to go on with the development, and there will be “Nik Collection 2018 Edition” released mid-2018.
Jérôme Ménière, CEO and founder of DxO, says they’ll continue to revolutionize the image processing market with Nick’s tools. The new version of their flagship software DxO OpticsPro (as of now available under the new name DxO PhotoLab) is the first embodiment of this acquisition.
For now, the Nik collection will remain free. But as DPReview reports, this may not always be the case. The new 2018 collection might require you to pay for the download. For now, you can leave your email address on the website and wait for the updates on the new collection.
As for the current lineup of Nik Collection, it includes the following:
• Analog Efex Pro: Applies film-era camera, lens, and film simulations to digital images
• Color Efex Pro: A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative
• Dfine: Noise reduction software for camera-specific digital images
• HDR Efex Pro: Specialized program for processing HDR pictures
• Sharpener Pro: Image sharpening for digital images
• Silver Efex Pro: Black & White conversion of images with darkroom-inspired controls
• Viveza: Selectively adjusts image color and tonality without complicated masks or selections
When Google announced they’re abandoning the Nik collection, it left many users disappointed. So disappointed, that there were even petitions aimed at bringing the collection back. I don’t think if it was the petition that made DxO buy out the Nik Collection assets. But either way – it’s now back, just like many photographers wanted. If you still haven’t downloaded it, you can do it while it’s still free. You need to sign up on the website, and DxO will send you the download links.