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DXO apparently in trouble: Nik???

Not a great deal of evidence for this rumour, but Iíd suggest holding off for now if you were about to buy DXO:

https://petapixel.com/2018/04/23/dxo...opened-report/

Doesnít bode well for the survival and further development of Nikís collection either, so I suggest making sure youíve got a nice, safe copy and backup of the download while itís still available...
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Re: DXO apparently in trouble: Nik???

It would be very sad if PhotoLab went west, it's an excellent product. However I always thought the DxO One was a non-starter. It appears to have few performance benefits and just makes the phone bulkier and less convenient. Anyone who wants more than a cameraphone would buy a camera wouldn't they?
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Re: DXO apparently in trouble: Nik???

it is on their own news page so not just on rumour sites.

https://www.dxo.com/us/about/news

There are 2 product announcements on the page as a "hopeful statement"

The noise reduction and overall functionality of their RAW processing outstrips everything else I have tried so do I hope that they do come out of this well.

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Re: DXO apparently in trouble: Nik???

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It would be very sad if PhotoLab went west, it's an excellent product.
I came very close to buying it a couple of months ago, mainly for the Prime noise reduction module for night street photography.

However, I gave the trial version a go for this against the latest CO release and also Dfine, and although it was the best, CO have raised their game and the improvement over that was only just noticeable and I didnít think it was worth investing 65-odd quid.
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Re: DXO apparently in trouble: Nik???

I use DXO Photolab all the time. I think it well combines ease of use and image quality. Quite often the preset renderings are good enough or a good start with minor further adjustments. If I want to do lots of detailed local manipulations (rarely) I use Affinity or ACDSee.

It would be a tragedy if a failed iPhone camera attachment led to the demise of such good software.

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I don't use the NIK Collection presently, but as so many people say how good it is, I thought I'd download a (Windows) copy from DXO's site. However from what I can see, you can't install it as a standalone application; it has to be an add-on to something else. I don't have Adobe software (don't like subscription model nor its complexity). Is there a simple way for me to secure a copy for possible future use?
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Re: DXO apparently in trouble: Nik???

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I don't use the NIK Collection presently, but as so many people say how good it is, I thought I'd download a (Windows) copy from DXO's site. However from what I can see, you can't install it as a standalone application; it has to be an add-on to something else. I don't have Adobe software (don't like subscription model nor its complexity). Is there a simple way for me to secure a copy for possible future use?
It's a long time since I downloaded it, but it used to be that you'd run the windows installer and it would set up the individual applications as icons on the desktop. You can use all of these as stand-alone applications, and it's what I've done for the last 6-7 (?) years.

It's a bit clunky used that way and each of the separate applications is set up slightly differently, but there are several ways to do it in each (I don't use CC either).

For example, I go to and from Capture One via high-quality TIFF files - you set up CO's process recipe to open a TIFF in Silver eFex or whatever, and when it's processed the file the Nik app opens the TIFF on top of the CO session. Alternatively with other source programmes, you can save HQ TIFFs and then either drag-and-drop those on to the Nik application (e.g. Silver eFex) in File Explorer or open the Nik app and open that TIFF via the Nik app's file menu.

After you've made your Nik adjustments you need to save the file via the rudimentary file menu on the upper left of the Nik window, and make sure it's saved as a TIFF with a suitable name in the same folder it came from (or wherever you like). Then you can import that edited TIFF back in to CO for final adjustments or in to whatever other file you want to use (e.g. PsE).

The high quality tiffs (especially if you stick to 16 bit files) don't lose any visible quality, although they are very large. Obviously you can go back to them to re-run any adjustments or try them in other programmes, but you can't undo adjustments like you could with Ps Smart Objects.

You do have to remember actively to save the files via the Nik applications's menus, otherwise all your work will be lost.

I found these resources useful when I was establishing my workflows, although there are plenty more around the web:

https://support.google.com/nikcollec.../3000910?hl=en
https://petapixel.com/2017/12/15/can...ne-apps-heres/
https://edknepleyphoto.com/2013/06/1...nd-alone-mode/
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Re: DXO apparently in trouble: Nik???

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It's a long time since I downloaded it, but it used to be that you'd run the windows installer and it would set up the individual applications as icons on the desktop. You can use all of these as stand-alone applications, and it's what I've done for the last 6-7 (?) years.

It's a bit clunky used that way and each of the separate applications is set up slightly differently, but there are several ways to do it in each (I don't use CC either).

For example, I go to and from Capture One via high-quality TIFF files - you set up CO's process recipe to open a TIFF in Silver eFex or whatever, and when it's processed the file the Nik app opens the TIFF on top of the CO session. Alternatively with other source programmes, you can save HQ TIFFs and then either drag-and-drop those on to the Nik application (e.g. Silver eFex) in File Explorer or open the Nik app and open that TIFF via the Nik app's file menu.

After you've made your Nik adjustments you need to save the file via the rudimentary file menu on the upper left of the Nik window, and make sure it's saved as a TIFF with a suitable name in the same folder it came from (or wherever you like). Then you can import that edited TIFF back in to CO for final adjustments or in to whatever other file you want to use (e.g. PsE).

The high quality tiffs (especially if you stick to 16 bit files) don't lose any visible quality, although they are very large. Obviously you can go back to them to re-run any adjustments or try them in other programmes, but you can't undo adjustments like you could with Ps Smart Objects.

You do have to remember actively to save the files via the Nik applications's menus, otherwise all your work will be lost.

I found these resources useful when I was establishing my workflows, although there are plenty more around the web:

https://support.google.com/nikcollec.../3000910?hl=en
https://petapixel.com/2017/12/15/can...ne-apps-heres/
https://edknepleyphoto.com/2013/06/1...nd-alone-mode/


FWIW you can also call those same standalone versions from FastStone, again not as smooth as running from Photoshop, but avoids the monetary outlay & works reasonably well...
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