Google slashes Nik photo software prices

Good news for Nik Software fans: Google has slashed the price of Nik's popular plug-ins. The full line of desktop products has been bundled into a new Nik Collection by Google for just $149 vs. the prior price of $499. Even better news for Nik users like me: "If you've already purchased one or more Nik plug-ins in the past . . . we're going to upgrade you to the entire Nik Collection by Google for free," according to a post on Google+ (sorry, link current not working)..

And indeed I've already received an email with a download link for the full collection of plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Apeture: Dfine noise reduction, Sharpener Pro for sharpening, Viveza for selective adjustments of color and tonality using control points instead of masks or manual selections, HDR Efex Pro to create high-dynamic-range photos from multiple images, Color Efex Pro filters and Silver Efex Pro black & white conversion.

I was among those who complained last September when Google purchased Nik that Google hadn't given Nik's users any indication of what would happen to the product line. Half a year later, the pricing news is very good. Hopefully, upgrades to the desktop applications will continue as well, in addition to moves to improve Nik's Snapseed mobile app.

Nik Collection by Google

Plug-ins in the new Nik Collection by Google

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