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.
Plug-ins in the new Nik Collection by Google