Software Google drops support for the Nik Collection.

bilzmale

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As most of you know Google acquired the Nik some years ago. They have made the programs free but have not continued to develop them. There is now a notice to that effect on the website but the collection is still available for download here.

Note that Windows 10 is not supported nor is Photoshop after CC 2015. The latest version is 1.2.11.

NOTE: It seems to run OK for me on PS CC 2017 and Win 10 so worth a try.
 
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kyteflyer

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But, at least they can be used as standalones. I knew Google would do that, as soon as they dropped Snapseed for OSX. I still have it and its still working. Havent tried it in Sierra but its still working in El Cap
 

rayvonn

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I guess this means that the terrible Creative Cloud Desktop program which can't update my PS/LR programs is a good thing as SEP will never be obsolete when using the current backdated PS/LR versions that I have.
 

theoldsmithy

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The Nik tools still work in Lightroom CC. However for the Mac I am coming round to the idea that Photos as the catalog tool plus Luminar, Creative Kit, and Nik collection would give me everything I need. (I also have the Topaz Suite and Landscape Pro but hardly ever use them). My CC renewal is due in November so I may jump then.
 

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I've been pretty happy with Luminar, Snapseed, the Nik Collection (less than I used to use it though), Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, Noiseless. A very adequate alternative to Photoshop is Acorn. It doesnt take PS plugins though, but can be used from Photos via the share menu, or via the external editors plugin.

I often bemoan the loss of PS but theres so much available now, the loss is becoming less and less.
 

donlaw

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Suspected that the end was near when Google started giving it away.
I still find if fun and useful especially with the external editors app allowing the direct interface with Photos in OSX.
Maybe something better will come along...
 

Ray Sachs

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you should be able to figure it out...
I still use the Nik stuff for almost everything. I guess as long as I never buy another camera that needs a newer version of LR, which may or may not work with the Nik plug-ins, I'm probably OK. Of course, I'm sure some future OS update from Apple will probably render all of this stuff useless.

Crap.
 

kyteflyer

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Ray, have you looked at the MacPhun Creative kit? Similar to the Nik stuff, but in many ways I believe it to be superior. Additionally, it plugs in to PS/LR, Aperture, and works as a standalone. I bought elements of it (Intensify, Noiseless, Tonality and Snapheal) as separate items from the App Store (also, it was cheaper to buy from there) and the whole kit had not been put together at that stage (and really, I neither want nor need all of it) Its worth a look ( a long one, IMO) and there is a trial.

Macphun Creative Kit – Advanced Photo Editing Tools at a Best Price | Macphun
 

kyteflyer

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Suspected that the end was near when Google started giving it away.
I still find if fun and useful especially with the external editors app allowing the direct interface with Photos in OSX.
Maybe something better will come along...

Its already here... see my reply to Ray :)

What we have to hope for is that Google doesnt buy and kill it.
 

SnapDawg

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I bought the collection right after Google jumped in but haven't used it that much since I've upgraded to LR5.7.
Anyway, all of that stuff works flawlessly on my relatively new laptop, no need to worry for the next 4-5 years :)
 

bartjeej

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I just downloaded the pack, just to be safe. I'm curious to try the noise reduction and sharpening controls - I found LR4's controls to be capable but quite laborious.
 

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