The Nik-collectie is no longer for free - on Wednesday, June 6, DxO Labs launched the Nik Collection 2018 from DxO, a bug squashing and compatibility update for Photoshop and Lightroom plug-ins that have long been a favorite of photographers. Several of the Nik functions also migrate to DxO PhotoLab, which today also sees an update because version 1.2 adds U-Point technology for local adjustments.
Both updates come when DxO Labs goes bankrupt and the company re-focuses on four software programs while the DxO One camera is stopped. The company says it can leave bankruptcy within a few months after it has re-focused on the software and reorganized the company.
The Nik Collection 2018 of DxO
The update adds nothing new to the Nik collection, but brings the set of seven plug-ins back from the dead. Google originally acquired the Nik Collection in 2012 with the purchase of Nik Software, the company that was also behind Snapseed. But after the plug-ins were released in 2016, Google has stopped updating. The company announced the end of the Nik collection last year, when the plug-ins were no longer fully compatible with Photoshop at that time. DxO Labs stepped in to purchase the plug-ins from Google and then spent six months updating code that had not been touched for years.
The seven plug-ins that have been updated are Analog Efex Pro for analogue film simulation, Color Efex Pro for color correction and effects, Dfine for noise reduction, HDR Efex Pro for high dynamic range photography, Sharpener Pro for improving finer details, silver Efex Pro for black and white images, and finally Viveza for adjusting color and tone in a specific area instead of the entire image.
Photographers who have previously worked with Nik will not notice any new tools, but the plug-ins are now fully compatible with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements used in current operating systems.
Customers also receive support in four different languages on the DxO website for the Nik Collection. The support section is also planned to expand with self-studies on how to use the plug-ins.
However, DxO Labs will not only continue to focus on smaller compatibility updates. The team says that now that the plug-ins are compatible again, DxO welcomes feedback from users. The compatibility update is only the first phase and the team expects to widen the plug-ins in the future.
If there is a disadvantage that the Nik Collection comes back to life, then it is that the plug-ins are offered again as paid downloads. The full set of seven plug-ins is sold for € 69, with a € 19 discount for the launch that is valid until July 1. That is a steep decrease compared to the original € 500 cost for the entire set, which Google later dropped to € 150 before making it free.