Nik Software’s photo editing suite is very useful for professional photographer, and untill Google bought the company in 2013, it was being sold for
$499 – the price dropped to
$149 after being acquired. But now, Google decided to offer it for free, and refund all those that purchased it in 2016.
This comes shortly after shutting down Picasa.
Here’s the full announcement:
Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.
Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use 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.
Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.
We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.
The full suite includes seven tools, which can work as standalone
software or as plugins for popular apps like Adobe Lightroom and
- Analog Efex Pro – Imitates old school film photography
- Color Efect Pro – Image filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects
- Silver Efex pro – Probably Nik’s best-known tool, it creates black-and-white photos with a variety of presets and controls
- Viveza – Adjusts the color and tone of your images without masks or selections
- HDR Efex Pro – Creates and edits HDR images
- Sharpener Pro – Advanced sharpening tools, useful for large prints
- Dfine – A great noise-reduction tool
To download the suit, head to the website and click on the download button.