For the past few years, the popular Nik Collection has had an interesting journey starting back in 2012 when Google originally acquired the photo editing plugin. Over the course, the collection has gone through a price drop and ultimately landed as a free download which made several photographers happy. Who doesn't like free stuff, and for free it was a pretty solid collection of plugins.
Jump forward to May 2017, news came that Google would no longer be developing the Nik Collection which came as a surprise and let down to many photographers who use it. As of today, the future of Nik Collection looks brighter as DxO announced their acquisition of the plugin collection from Google with plans for an update slated for mid-2018. DxO also has a few of their own photo softwares, so they are no stranger to the industry.
The current lineup in the Nik Collection:
- Analog Efex Pro
- Color Efex Pro
- HDR Efex Pro
- Sharpener Pro
- Silver Efex Pro
The current version of Nik Collection is still free and available for download after you submit your email address on the DxO website. If you would like to be informed when the new version will be released and stay up to date with their news, you can sign up to stay tuned. Besides finally getting an update, what else does the future hold for Nik Collection? Will it remain free or will a price tag come with the new version?
You can read the full press release here.