DxO buys Nik Collection from Google, will resume development ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

The popular Nik Collection of photo editing software will live on. Just months after Google said that it was abandoning the brand and ending development, DxO has just announced that it has acquired Nik Collection from Google and will continue development “for the benefit of the photographer community.”

Google originally acquired Nik Software and its popular Snapseed app back in 2012. The search giant then made a lot of photographers happy by dropping the price of the Nik Collection from $500 to $150 in 2013, and then from $150 to free in 2016.

In May 2017, though, Google announced that it would no longer be developing Nik Collection to update it and add new features — a huge letdown for photographers who have come to rely on the plugins that do things like film simulation, black-and-white conversion, HDR, noise reduction, sharpening, and other useful post-processing tasks.

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