For $50 you can get the newly announced Nik Collection by DxO

Jun 6, 2018

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For $50 you can get the newly announced Nik Collection by DxO

Jun 6, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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After Google abandoned Nik Collection, DxO jumped in and announced that they would develop it further. And at last, the Nik Collection 2018 is alive, updated and ready for download. As everyone assumed, it’s not free any longer. Until 1 July 2018, you’ll need to pay $50 for the latest version.

As you might remember, DxO Labs went into receivership earlier this year. However, the company had announced that they wouldn’t give up on updating the Nik Collection. The new version was announced for June 2018, and indeed, it has arrived when promised. Bruno Sayakhom, the Product Owner at DxO, explained that the process was long and complex. DxO had to recover the source code and make it compatible with the latest versions of Adobe products and the latest Apple OS updates.

According to DxO, the Nik Collection 2018 is “now fully functional and compatible with all 64-bit Windows and Mac platforms, as well as with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC 2018, and Photoshop Elements 2017/2018.” DxO also provides customer support in four languages on their website, while the software suit update is available in 13 languages. The company promises that the website will soon offer exclusive tutorials as well. And as for the collection, you get seven plugins:

  • Analog Efex Pro applies analog film, camera and lens simulations to digital photos.
  • Color Efex Pro includes a set of filters for color correction, touch-up, and creative effects.
  • Dfine reduces the noise of digital images by analyzing the specificities of each device.
  • HDR Efex Pro processes images in HDR.
  • Sharpener Pro increases the accuracy and enhances the detail of digital images.
  • Silver Efex Pro is a black and white image conversion solution inspired by darkroom techniques.
  • Viveza locally adjusts the color and tone of specific areas of the image.

If you’d like to download the Nik Collection 2018, it’s waiting for you on the DxO website. You can download a free 30-day trial first, and if you like it, you can download the Nik Collection for $50. This price will be valid until 1 July 2018. After that, the collection will cost $69, as I can see on the website.

A lot of our readers said they’ll download the Nik Collection if the price is reasonable. So, are you gonna buy it? I’d say that the price is fair, but I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.

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29 responses to “For $50 you can get the newly announced Nik Collection by DxO”

  1. Phillip C Reed Avatar
    Phillip C Reed

    Yes.

  2. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    Absolutely. It’s well worth it in the amount of time it’s saved me on some post processing work.

  3. Marco Peixoto Avatar
    Marco Peixoto

    If there is nothing new feature wide I doubt it… I dont use the latest Adobe Products so I dont really care about that.

    1. cybertec69 Avatar
      cybertec69

      I use the Nik plug-ins with Affinity photo, they work just fine, and $50 is a drop in the bucket. People spend “not me” $5 for a cup of coffee, seriously.

  4. John Havord Avatar
    John Havord

    If they had included, some new functionality, then yes. But I don’t fancy being a beta tester and having to pay $50 for the privledge!

    1. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
      Chris Hutcheson

      At least in my experience there’s nothing “beta” about this release. What there IS is a suite that now doesn’t crash when used in Photoshop under situations I outlined in some of my previous comments here. For me that was well worth the $50

  5. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    Is there anything new in it?

  6. EarnMyRespectandMoney Avatar
    EarnMyRespectandMoney

    I don’t see very much that is new. Appears that they slapped a couple of filters sets on and called it V4. Also the install destroyed all my previous custom set ups. Seems like rewrapped junk so far.

    1. mikerofoto Avatar
      mikerofoto

      true, all your fancy little presets you made will disapear when you install the update, make sure you export them before installing.

      1. EarnMyRespectandMoney Avatar
        EarnMyRespectandMoney

        Truly, I only had a few so I fortunately didn’t lose much; however, I decided that I didn’t like the trial barking at me every time I used the plugin (really, how about once a day?) so I removed it and reinstalled the old Google version. Viola, my custom recipes were still there. In fact the DXO removed links to the old plugin but didn’t uninstall them – lame bloatware. Also I tried to reinstall the plugin a trial (to see if a setting remained) and now it doesn’t even install because the trial sees that I had installed it once before – also lame. This is basically the same software with a lame activation protocol slapped on it. Nothing new here (maybe the install into lightroom).

  7. Pieter kiwimemories Avatar
    Pieter kiwimemories

    This sounds like a bargain for something that use to be free

    1. cybertec69 Avatar
      cybertec69

      Nothing in life is free do you even know why it was free when Google owned it because they did nothing with it.

      1. Pieter kiwimemories Avatar
        Pieter kiwimemories

        Nothing wrong with the go ogle version I use it every day

        1. cybertec69 Avatar
          cybertec69

          They fixed bugs and added some features, plus support, the free version is free because Google left it on the shelf to collect dust. Working and stable and up to date with today’s operating systems is a whole different story.
          It’s $50, seriously. You think DXO was going to purchase the rights to this software, put time $$$$ and effort into it to give it to you for free, it was not free before Google bought it and let it go. Have you ever run a business.

      2. Pieter kiwimemories Avatar
        Pieter kiwimemories

        I still use the free version and unless there is a significant upgrade to it i see no reason to fork out 50 bucks. This is also the same company that filed for bankruptcy in it’s dxolabs software decision ….leaving customers that paid over a hundred dollars for that photo editer with a piece of crap that won’t get any new updates .

  8. Richard Doktor Avatar
    Richard Doktor

    “now fully functional and compatible with all 64-bit Windows and Mac
    platforms, as well as with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC
    2018, and Photoshop Elements 2017/2018.”

    I have all the latest and the “old” version is “functional and compatible”. Runs smooth and without issues. And why should it not?
    If that’s the only “new” thing, it’s just a rip off.

  9. Adrian Sommeling Avatar
    Adrian Sommeling

    Well, 50,- dollars isn’t still that much for such a great collection of plug ins. But, coming from free, it feels a bit uhhh… less :)

    To advertise with the compatibility is strange. It worked perfectly with Photoshop 2018 on a Mac.

    I wonder if DXO can improve the Nik collection. It’s already close to perfect ;)

    1. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
      Chris Hutcheson

      It didn’t work well if you made your image a smart object and or tried to use it in a layer – it would crash. On a single layer it worked, generally, but I still had problems with crashes from time to time, and also, couldn’t go back at a later time to change the settings as I could with it as a smart object. Working with the most current release of Photoshop CC. It was somewhat better in Lightroom, but still crashed occasionally. That in itself is worth $50 to me.

      1. Adrian Sommeling Avatar
        Adrian Sommeling

        To be honest…. I never work with smart objects, so I didn’t know that. Yes, if that is the case and the problem is solved, it is for sure worth the 50 dollars ;)

      2. Dirk Ludwig Avatar
        Dirk Ludwig

        See my reply above: I never encountered any problems with smart objects or layers. And ususally my files are _really_ big – above 2G

        1. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
          Chris Hutcheson

          Mac or PC? My issues were on a recent iMac with current system and CC versions. Others were having this at the time as well. Perhaps not so with Windows or older system versions on the Mac.

    2. Neroon Avatar
      Neroon

      I stopped using it shortly after it went Free — reason was that I knew Google was going to kill it and stop doing any work on the code. It’s what they do. We got a reprieve at this point, but unlike Google, DxO needs to actually make money as this is their line of business, unlike Google who makes money selling people’s information.

  10. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    Before it was free, it cost quite a bit and was then reduced , I think to around $100-150. I thought it was worth it then. It went free eventually because I think no further development work was planned. My experience with it was that it was unusable if you used smart objects in photoshop, or put it on a separate layer. It seems to work fine now and in terms of the time saving for me, it’s well worth the A$50 just to have it work properly and to have the capability, through use of layers and smart objects, to go in at a later point and edit the image without having to start over again. Though yes, I’d expected my presets to survive as I selected that option when I uninstalled the previous version. Hoping I can recover them in a Time Machine backup.

    1. Dirk Ludwig Avatar
      Dirk Ludwig

      I never encountered any problems when using smart objects or layers – neither with the original collection I bought from Nik, nor with the free version from Google. Actually I think the handling of smart objects is excellent.

  11. Joe Valencia Avatar
    Joe Valencia

    I doubt I will purchase it – I still have the free version from Google and it is functioning just fine. If I have trouble, I will consider purchasing the new version.

  12. BadApproach Avatar
    BadApproach

    People may be may missing the point here; The free vs $50 is not the main issue. Neither is it the stabilizing code and expanding platform compatibility. It’s the fact that users like me who were not seeing any issues with the free version and observing no improvements. If you want to talk about good business talk about the almost going out of business DXO yahoos that didn’t add new features to upscale their existing audience. Stupid move. Doesn’t matter to much to me. I would rather pay Raya Pro or Lumenzia anyhow.

  13. TheGoatNemesis Avatar
    TheGoatNemesis

    And another sponsored article, without giving any info…
    Pay attention: export/backup your old setup before install new version or you will lose everything.
    BTW the small improvement don’t justify the 50$.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      This is not a sponsored article. And I didn’t even use DxO when it was free, so I’m certainly not going to buy it. :)

  14. Dirk Ludwig Avatar
    Dirk Ludwig

    Can anybody tell me what the new features are? I failed to find any information on the DxO web site. BTW: The last time I looked, the price is $69, not $50.