In another classic tale of a large company purchasing out a beloved product only to abandon it, Google is now dropping development of Nik Collection. After Google bought out Nik in 2012, they made all the Collection plugins free last year and have incorporated some of its features into their Snapseed mobile app. Sadly, a new notice posted on the Nik Collection website informs us it’s the end of an era.
In my opinion, the suite of photo editing plugins in the Nik Collection, including Color Efex Pro and Viveza, are some of the best tools ever created for post-processing. They are an essential part of so many photographers’ editing workflows and soon enough once it stops working on updated operating systems, a lot of people, myself very much included, are going to be crying for their wonderful Nik control points to come back.
Was it the sign of the end once Google bought Nik, or was it doomed when Google made the software free? What are your backup plans once the Nik Collection stops working on your system? Let's know your thoughts and vent your frustration with me in the comments below.