Google has decide to make the NIK Collection of photographer plug-ins free after years of of charging $149 for them. Now, I was one of those who bought the software back before Google owned them and I use it daily. I know there is quite a bit of flack about this and people are asking for refunds and such. My take on all this is good for Google! My copy has already paid for itself through the use it gets so I really cannot be upset. Here is a quick Q&A on some things I have been reading.
Where can I get the free stuff?
Here is the link
What is NIK Collection?
Here is how Google describes it:
The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.Google
Does this mean that Google will stop development on NIK and no updates are coming?
According to what I have read this seems to be the case, although I don’t see where this is confirmed.
What if you recently bought it?
Google has said they are giving refunds to anyone who bought the software in 2016.
Is Google getting out of the plug-in business?
Based on their post about why they are making it free, it seems fairly clear that their desktop plug-in days are over. However, if they do one day come out with a new version, I imagine they would charge for it; I would definitely buy it based on how the plug-in has perfomred to date and how often I currently use it, but I imagine it would be worth it.
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