Nik Collection Currently Free

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  1. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the heads up. Seems there is some thought that these wonderful apps wont be upgraded and these are the last versions available for desktop. I hope that is not the case.
     
  3. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Sigh... Seems like a signal that they won't be supporting the Nik Suite anymore. Maybe they are making so much from mobile apps they just want to give away Nik for free? Yeah, I doubt it. I've used the Nik plug ins through Aperture and now Capture One and I really like them. I use Color, Silver and Dfine quite a bit. Dfine does a much better job at noise reduction than C1Pro 9. Guess I'll have to make sure I have the latest versions and see where this goes. Aren't the Macphun folks the original Nik developers? I may have to check them out as well.

    I guess it's a sign of the times when you immediately look suspiciously at a company who offers something for free.
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Google purchased Nik for Snapseed. There hasn't been much in the way of development since then.
    Yes some of the Macphun guys were involved with Nik.
    Still good software. Especially Silver Efex Pro 2 IMO. DXO is better for noise reduction.
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Good value for the money. If you want more features and capabilities, especially for HDR, get the Macphun Creative Kit and Aurora. I can not remember any Nik app being better that Macphun corresponding app.
     
  6. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Snapseed is a really good mobile app. Probably my favorite for actual post processing (not applying filters) on a mobile. What NIK called their "U-Point Technology" is what I really like about Nik (and Snapseed). Nikon used to license it for it's editing software and when they lost that they lost everything IMO. It seems to work exceptionally well in Silver EFX Pro. I've tried other B&W editors and I'm still on the Silver bandwagon.

    I'm in no rush either way. I'm still pretty happy with C1P9 / Nik. Perhaps I'll keep an eye on Macphun and try a few out. There site doesn't list compatibility with C1P but Nik never really did either.
     
  7. anotherscotsman, Mar 25, 2016
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    I use C1P8 and just downloaded the Nik filter set. They seem pretty good for stand-alone use but correct me if I'm wrong - you seem to suggest that they are, or can be made to be, compatible with C1P. If so, how do you use them?

    UPDATE: helps if I look before I ask. Right-click image and select "edit with" option....
     
  8. CE3 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Creative Kit (no Aurora, though) and was curious how these plugins compare. Pretty cool that they're offering it for free.
     
  9. kallisti macrumors 65816

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    Was going to start a thread about this. Glad to see someone beat me to it.

    The Nik suite can do many things, but one of the more useful is the ability to easily make local adjustments within an image.

    An example where I was okay with the overall exposure, but the eyes were underexposed and the bridge of the nose was overexposed resulting in desaturated colors.

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    It was fairly easy using the Nik software to create control points where I could selectively adjust exposure and saturation to the portions of the image that needed fixing without having to create complex masks in Photoshop. The software is pretty good at integrating focal edits that blend seamlessly into the surrounding image, resulting in a final image that isn't obviously over-processed.

    The suite works really well with Lightroom (and Aperture). The only downsides to the plugin version is that it requires a TIFF image for edits which dramatically increases file size. The changes are also non-editable after the fact, so if you aren't happy with the outcome you have to redo the entire process later. Having said that, it's a pretty amazing tool for post.

    The fact that it is now free is awesome. Makes me worried that it's not going to be updated going forward and will quit working at some point in the near or not-too-distant future.
     
  10. JDDavis, Mar 25, 2016
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    Bingo ;)
    --- Post Merged, Mar 25, 2016 ---
    That's the u-point tech (control points) and it's what got me hooked on Nik. I started using Nikon's Capture because they licensed the tech and it (not surprisingly) handled NEF files very well. When they lost the license when Google bought Nik their editor became bad...real bad. More than likely this spells the end of the Nik collection unless perhaps Google sells or licenses it to someone. All they really wanted, I think, was Snapseed. I personally would be utterly pleased for Capture One to license (or buy) the U-Point tech and build these features into C1Pro. It is an unfortunate byproduct to be stuck with a large TIFF after using Nik. C1P could use better de-noise tech and an ability to do local edits without using a mask.
     
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    Google gave this software away in 2013, I don't believe they have made any updates since then.
     
  13. jmiddel macrumors member

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    Anyone know how Dfine compares to Macphun's Noiseless?
     
  14. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Yep. Used Dfine as part of Nik for years. Noiseless is way better because you can pick the strength (algorithm ) and then open sliders to adjust structure, macro contrast, and many other parameters. Try the Macphun trial and see for yourself.
     
  15. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the heads-up... will give them a try, although I'm a 100% PS chap.
     
  16. Hughmac macrumors demi-god

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    Nik installs itself as PS plugins as well as standalone apps :)

    Cheers :)

    Hugh
     
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