It’s Alive…But At A Price – DxO Releases New Paid Nik Collection


In a much awaited and one of the most anticipated releases this year, embattled firm DxO Labs released its Nik Collection image-editing plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom, but there is a catch: The downloads are no longer free.

That’s right, DxO Labs has resurrected the Nik Collection only to charge for it at an introductory price of $49.99 until July 2018 when the price will jump to $69.99. If you’re hesitant about making the plunge, there is a free thirty-day trial period for the new Nik Collection 2018 so you can try before you buy.

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Fully compatible with 64-bit Windows and Mac computers, the new Nik Collection also works with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC 2018, and Photoshop Elements 2017/2018.

As expected, the new Nik Collection contains a range of filters and effects including 4 “Efex” filters and three effects for editing the image. The 4 “Efex” consist of Analog, Color, HDR, and Silver. Analog puts an analog film look over your image. Color has filters for color correction, touch up, and other effects. HDR renders your images in HDR, as the name implies, while Silver provides a black-and-white image conversion functionality.

Of course, this initial release is not the final word on the Nik Collection and DxO will make periodic updates and improvements throughout the year. That's almost to be expected in the era of ubiquitous software updates and cloud-based computing.

As we reported earlier in May, DxO Labs entered receivership in French courts, a legal process typically reserved for corporate reorganization although it is also a procedure in which companies are liquidated due to financial insolvency.

News of DxO Lab's financial predicament sparked speculation that the Nik Collection may never see the light of day. While on the one hand, those predictions were erroneous, on the other, there is a price to pay.

If you want to check out the new Nik Collection you can do so by clicking here.

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You should be aware that DxO is offering NO accommodation to photographers who previously purchased The Nik Collection or components. So, if you want it, you MUST buy it Again! Not a great way to build loyalty among professionals.

For me personally, I have used the Nik suite since 2010 when it came at a considerable cost. The suite continues to be a significant component in my work flow especially for Black and White conversion. This upgrade has been a long time coming in my opinion and the introductory price is a drop in the bucket considering it’s place within my personal workflow. Others who use the suite as part of their workflow will I’m sure agree. Thanks to DxO for continuing the development of a suite that has stood the test of time.

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