It looks like Google is slowly but surely phasing out its Nik Collection of professional photo editing software. The company recently announced that they would no longer update or add new features to the collection. Google did not provide any reason to its decision, the announcement is made via a banner located at the top of the Nik Collection website stating “we have no plans to update the Collection or add new features over time”.
Google first acquired Nik Collection back in 2012, and just a little over a year ago, they decided to offer the entire suite of software for free. Before the acquisition, the collection of photo editing software was priced at US$499, and Google lowered the price to US$149.
Fortunately, Nik Collection is still available for free on Google’s website, so feel free to download the software to try it out. Nik Collection consists of seven tools that can either work as a standalone software, or as plugins for popular photo editors like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The tools included are:
- Analog Efex Pro – Explore the look and feel of classic camera, films and lenses
- Color Efex Pro – A comprehensive set of filters for colour collection, retouching, and creative effects
- Silver Efex Pro – Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls
- Viveza – Selectively adjust the colour and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections
- HDR Efex Pro – From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography
- Sharpener Pro – Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening
- Dfine – Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera
Check out the Nik Collection website now to download the software.