Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Cameras, lenses and system accessories > Software

Software Discuss Olympus Master, Studio and Viewer software applications as well as third party programs like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and others.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 24th March 2016
MargaretR's Avatar
MargaretR MargaretR is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: South Lanarkshire
Posts: 782
Thanks: 230
Thanked 176 Times in 117 Posts
Likes: 82
Liked 380 Times in 144 Posts
Nik collection now free

Announcement from Google/Nik today.

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.
www.google.com/nikcollection
__________________
Margaret

my Website ; my Flickr ; my Facebook
Reply With Quote
The Following 14 Users Say Thank You to MargaretR For This Useful Post:
Aniseedvan (24th March 2016), Bikie John (24th March 2016), catkins (24th March 2016), cliff (26th March 2016), crashmonster (25th March 2016), Graham_of_Rainham (24th March 2016), Mrs T (24th March 2016), Naughty Nigel (27th March 2016), OM USer (24th March 2016), Shaw (24th March 2016), The Technician (29th March 2016), timboo (30th March 2016), Wee man (24th March 2016), Zuiko (24th March 2016)
The Following Users Liked This Post:
catkins (24th March 2016), Eclairewilliams (25th March 2016)
  #2  
Old 24th March 2016
Glenn S Glenn S is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Uphall
Posts: 234
Thanks: 109
Thanked 36 Times in 30 Posts
Likes: 16
Liked 57 Times in 34 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Thanks for the heads up. I have Nik collection and highly recommend it.. Silver FX Pro and Dfine are particularly good.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 24th March 2016
SteveJ SteveJ is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Porthleven Cornwall
Posts: 287
Thanks: 1
Thanked 40 Times in 36 Posts
Likes: 3
Liked 45 Times in 28 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Thanks downloading now.........

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 24th March 2016
Aniseedvan Aniseedvan is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Northants
Posts: 26
Thanks: 7
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Likes: 3
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Great pieces of software, I use all the time. Sounds like it's the end of the line for it though, which is a shame.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 24th March 2016
Zuiko's Avatar
Zuiko Zuiko is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Dunmow, Essex
Posts: 21,623
Thanks: 1,955
Thanked 3,068 Times in 2,385 Posts
Likes: 3,214
Liked 4,286 Times in 2,017 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Great news - just so long as they continue to make it available.
__________________
John

"A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there — even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 24th March 2016
IanB IanB is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,045
Thanks: 40
Thanked 151 Times in 120 Posts
Likes: 110
Liked 556 Times in 269 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

good to have; I got the last free offer a few years ago and although I don't use it much it's handy to have

Vivexa is good selecting colours; way ahead of PS/LR imo
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 25th March 2016
drmarkf's Avatar
drmarkf drmarkf is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Cambridge, UK
Posts: 5,090
Thanks: 321
Thanked 452 Times in 381 Posts
Likes: 1,891
Liked 1,162 Times in 665 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Yeah, they've done nothing at all with it since they bought Nik, despite all the platitudes they came out with at the time of the original sale.

All they wanted was Snapseed, and presumably their business model indicates there's not enough money to be made from the 'professional' editing market to make ongoing technical development worthwhile.

Snapseed also uses the wonderful control point technology, so we won't be seeing that applied anything suitable for our use.

On with the motley...
__________________
Regards,
Mark

------------------------------
http://www.microcontrast.com
Too much Oly gear.
Panasonic 12-32, 12-35, 15. Samyang 7.5 fisheye. Laowa 7.5.
Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 25th March 2016
Ricoh Ricoh is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Lancashire
Posts: 5,538
Thanks: 580
Thanked 392 Times in 350 Posts
Likes: 765
Liked 1,775 Times in 1,066 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Always thought it might become a dead duck - it is now.
__________________
Steve

on flickr
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 25th March 2016
drmarkf's Avatar
drmarkf drmarkf is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Cambridge, UK
Posts: 5,090
Thanks: 321
Thanked 452 Times in 381 Posts
Likes: 1,891
Liked 1,162 Times in 665 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ricoh View Post
Always thought it might become a dead duck - it is now.
Well it's not suddenly going to stop working!

My camera club friends speak highly of Topaz, which has probably now left it behind: they say it's much less likely to produce edge artefacts which need time-consuming cloning.

Over the next 6 months I'll take stock and replace it at some stage. There may be elements of the suite which are worth keeping longer, of course.
__________________
Regards,
Mark

------------------------------
http://www.microcontrast.com
Too much Oly gear.
Panasonic 12-32, 12-35, 15. Samyang 7.5 fisheye. Laowa 7.5.
Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 25th March 2016
Phill D's Avatar
Phill D Phill D is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 9,037
Thanks: 1,052
Thanked 1,303 Times in 1,204 Posts
Likes: 854
Liked 1,988 Times in 965 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

I've seen demos of Topaz software at the photo show over the last few years and it certainly seems very slick to me. At 140 quid for the full suite though it's a bit pricy. Even so after the demos each time i've been very tempted. Resisted though so far.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 25th March 2016
drmarkf's Avatar
drmarkf drmarkf is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Cambridge, UK
Posts: 5,090
Thanks: 321
Thanked 452 Times in 381 Posts
Likes: 1,891
Liked 1,162 Times in 665 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Personally I really like the control point operation of Nik and one learns how to refine the selections and it becomes like second nature.

Anyone know if the Topaz apps can be used stand-alone? I had a quick look around their site and it wasn't obvious...
__________________
Regards,
Mark

------------------------------
http://www.microcontrast.com
Too much Oly gear.
Panasonic 12-32, 12-35, 15. Samyang 7.5 fisheye. Laowa 7.5.
Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to drmarkf For This Useful Post:
maccabeej (27th March 2016)
  #12  
Old 25th March 2016
MargaretR's Avatar
MargaretR MargaretR is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: South Lanarkshire
Posts: 782
Thanks: 230
Thanked 176 Times in 117 Posts
Likes: 82
Liked 380 Times in 144 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Quote:
Originally Posted by drmarkf View Post
Personally I really like the control point operation of Nik and one learns how to refine the selections and it becomes like second nature.

Anyone know if the Topaz apps can be used stand-alone? I had a quick look around their site and it wasn't obvious...
Certain of the Topaz apps can be run stand-alone, such as Texture Effects, DeNoise, Remask and Glow. Some, I think can not, but couldn't tell you which. They do however also do their own PhotoFXLab 'umbrella' program, which runs all their others within that interface.

Don't ever pay full price for a Topaz app ... check their website or FB page, and there's always some money-off offer on for one app or another; and if you register and 'attend' one of their webinars on the app you fancy, there's usually a code given out at the end for 15% off.
__________________
Margaret

my Website ; my Flickr ; my Facebook
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to MargaretR For This Useful Post:
drmarkf (25th March 2016)
  #13  
Old 25th March 2016
drmarkf's Avatar
drmarkf drmarkf is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Cambridge, UK
Posts: 5,090
Thanks: 321
Thanked 452 Times in 381 Posts
Likes: 1,891
Liked 1,162 Times in 665 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Thanks, Margaret.

Can they all be run under PS Elements? That would do me, I suspect.

BTW jason Odell has reduced the price of his excellent software guides to the Nik collection: http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog...llection-free/
__________________
Regards,
Mark

------------------------------
http://www.microcontrast.com
Too much Oly gear.
Panasonic 12-32, 12-35, 15. Samyang 7.5 fisheye. Laowa 7.5.
Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 25th March 2016
Ricoh Ricoh is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Lancashire
Posts: 5,538
Thanks: 580
Thanked 392 Times in 350 Posts
Likes: 765
Liked 1,775 Times in 1,066 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

Quote:
Originally Posted by drmarkf View Post
Well it's not suddenly going to stop working!
Of course not, I meant the NIK suite is entering a cul-de-sac, as it were, sounds as though Google have lost any interest in commercial gain from the product. The rest is obvious.
__________________
Steve

on flickr
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 25th March 2016
IanB IanB is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,045
Thanks: 40
Thanked 151 Times in 120 Posts
Likes: 110
Liked 556 Times in 269 Posts
Re: Nik collection now free

sort of forgot I do use Nik efex hdr when I do hdr which is not often even though I often use bracketing. I will quite often use the program to merge only and then finish editing in LR. There are times I might even manual merge an original file and the hdr file in ps so not to have an hdr look.

Nik Silver Efex pro
the big drama with more and more programs on the computer is the time needed to learn how use all programs or even parts of the program. I really feel we are often better off by learning more about just one program; such as LR/PS/PSE/Paint and learn how to make it do as we want and need. I read that most of us only know and understand a small amount of the potential in the programs we have. More programs really adds more choices and therefore more confusion
I now find I can do most B+W pics easier in LR now; because I understand it better.

That's not to say I don't use Nik programs. However I could live with them even though they are great for some special edits or part of the overall editing



And lately I have been wishing for the old days of sending film to be developed and accepting the photos I was sent back. And occasionally getting that special customize print made. It's all getting too complicated these days now I understand more about photography and what is and is not a good photograph
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nik Collection Ricoh Software 18 26th July 2015 09:57 PM
Sold FREE - SATA to Molex power adapters - FREE StephenL For sale or wanted small ads 9 13th August 2014 08:47 PM
Free Nik software collection StephenL Software 10 1st April 2013 11:07 PM
Free E3 Remote Release Cable...(yes FREE!) ndl0071 For sale or wanted small ads 5 22nd December 2010 10:07 PM
Photography Magazines - FREE - Collection only Chillimonster For sale or wanted small ads 1 28th June 2008 10:36 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 01:19 PM.


© The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2018, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger