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You can now purchase all Nik desktop plugins, like Dfine, as demonstrated using this shot by Peter Eastway, in a bundled package.

When Google recently announced that it was pulling support for the desktop version of Nik’s Snapseed editing software, people started to worry what this meant for the rest of Nik’s non-mobile products. But a new announcement today from Google has the company not only recommitting to these plugins, but also dramatically dropping the price.

Today the company announced the Nik Collection by Google, which is every single one of Nik’s desktop plugins in a single bundle, for just $149. This marks the end of them being sold as separates, and for that flat fee, you get Dfine® 2.0, Viveza® 2, HDR Efex Pro™ 2, Color Efex Pro™ 4 Complete Edition, Silver Efex Pro™ 2, and Sharpener Pro™ 3.0.

Previously, individual plugins would run around the $100 mark, with a bundle of all of them costing as much as $500. The new, $149 bundle will not just feature all six plugins, but will work on all supported applications from a single installer: Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, and Apple Aperture.

I talked to Josh Haftel, Product Manager at Google, who told me that this new bundle is all but identical to the previously available versions, with the only changes of note being an all-in-one installer, and Google branding. He also commented that Google plans to continue to develop and support Nik software’s plugins, saying:

“We definitely plan to continue developing and evolving the software. This is our first release and by bringing this under the Google brand, we hope to show our commitment not only to Nik users, but to the photography community at large.” 

If you previously bought any of these plugins, Google isn’t going to leave you in the cold for already having dropped a lot of money. If you purchased any individual plugin within the last five years, you get the entire collection for free. If you spent more than $149 on plugins since February 22nd of this year, you’ll be refunded the difference.

This is a mammoth reduction in software price, and should make it much easier for amateur and semi-pro photographers to afford these plugins. You can take a demo of the software for a 15-day trial from Nik Software’s website.

Here are the full system requirements to run the plugins, courtesy of Google:

Macintosh:

  • Mac® OS 10.6.8 through 10.8
  • Intel processor
  • 2GB of RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 (CS5 for HDR Efex Pro 2) through CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 11 
  • (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 4
  • Apple® Aperture® 3.1 or later
  • 32-bit and 64-bit Compatible (HDR Efex Pro 2 is only compatible with 64-bit systems)
  • For GPU acceleration, an Open GL 3.0 compatible graphics card such as the cards listed below. If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used.

Windows:

  • Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • AMD® or Intel® processor
  • 2GB of RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 11 
  • (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 4
  • 32-bit and 64-bit Compatible
  • For GPU acceleration, an Open GL 3.0 compatible graphics card such as the cards listed below.
  • If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used.

GPU Compatibility:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series, GeForce 9 Series, GeForce 100 Series, GeForce 200 Series, GeForce 300 Series, GeForce 400 Series, GeForce 500 Series, ATI Radeon HD2000 Series, Radeon HD3000 Series, Radeon HD4000 Series, Radeon HD5000 Series, Radeon HD6000 Series, Intel HD Graphics 3000

Google's Christian Pesch also shared the news via Google+.

Comments

Total comments: 218
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Abrak
By Abrak (Mar 26, 2013)

This is a fantastic deal for photographers - the Nik apps are excellent and I was very pleased with them even at previous prices.

You have to feel sorry for the likes of Topaz and onOne who will find it difficult to compete against Nik products heavily subsidised by Google.

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GMak
By GMak (Mar 26, 2013)

I agree with Backayonder. Can't understand their logic. My only criticism is the very suspicious way I received this email notifying me of this "amazing offer." Just click here and download... then launch the installer..." Come on! Does this sound like some Trojan Horse or some bot installer???!!! You didn't even go to an https site, and there was no Nik logo in the window, nothing. Too suspicious! I refused the great offer until I did some search and found out it was legit. Very strange.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Mar 26, 2013)

Yes very odd.

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mistersloane
By mistersloane (Mar 26, 2013)

@Spectro - although you can achieve similar or the same effects in Photoshop, it's meant to be a lot more time-consuming.

@Abrak - onOne has been getting very competitive on price; for instance, there's an Apertue and Lightroom version of Perfect Photo Suite priced at $149 and a standard version for $79. Also, at the moment, Nik owners can get the Premium version for $149 for a limited amount of time (IIRC, it's done this before). Additionally, onOne has been giving away a lot of rather nice free presets and continuing with the training material. Whereas, it's been very quiet from Nik - it's needed to do something.

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Ross Dillon
By Ross Dillon (Mar 26, 2013)

I already own the collection with each component installed separately (and upgraded separately). Is there any advantage to downloading this?

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mistersloane
By mistersloane (Mar 26, 2013)

If you're on the latest version of each, then no - the only new aspect is meant to be Google branding.

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backayonder
By backayonder (Mar 26, 2013)

Wow, Amazing.
I have been using Silver Efex Pro since 2008 and just received the email that I am eligible for a free copy of the entire collection. Doesn't mention about a 15 day trial, it is for life.
So everything has been installed and working okay. I can already see the benefits of Silver Efex 2 against version 1.

I shall never understand marketing. Google buy Nik Software then hand out for free the entire Suite to previous owners.

Well done Google ( There I've said it and the sky hasn't fallen in, but it has gone dark.)

1 upvote
Bruno Carlos
By Bruno Carlos (Mar 26, 2013)

They are after the technology, not the product.

1 upvote
BayToSierras
By BayToSierras (Mar 26, 2013)

Thank you, Google! I own and really like Silver Efex Pro and sometimes try to use it with color images as well (change blending mode to luminance). Now I don't need to do that anymore and also get to try HDR Efex Pro.

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inColorado
By inColorado (Mar 26, 2013)

I'd like this deal even better if Google would integrate the tools with Nikon's Capture NX2. Nik did it for Color Efex Pro3, but dropped the ball on the world Capture NX2 users.

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ralphdaily
By ralphdaily (Mar 26, 2013)

Prior to Google, Nik tried to get Nikon to work with them on integrating more plugins with NX2, but Nikon had no interest. Nik even asked users to petition Nikon to cooperate on adding filters to NX2. With the Google acquisition, the moment has probably passed but the original roadblock was Nikon.

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (Mar 26, 2013)

YES YES YES
the over priced Nik software is now competitive and will gain wide spread usage it richly deserve

Thanks to GOOGLE

1 upvote
Lorrin Baker
By Lorrin Baker (Mar 26, 2013)

Great software-their HDR plugin puts Adobe's built-in HDR processor to shame!

0 upvotes
Robert H Crutcher
By Robert H Crutcher (Mar 26, 2013)

If you are a registered user when you click for the free trial you will get an email back with a link to the free collection. You do not need an email from Nik to proceed. You may need to an "exe" as a suffix to the downloaded file to make it executable.

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luvs2shootpics
By luvs2shootpics (Mar 26, 2013)

how do I get the free d/l for registered users

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jwalker019
By jwalker019 (Mar 26, 2013)

So cool - I bought Color EFex a couple years back, and now I have the whole suite for free :)

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Jim222
By Jim222 (Mar 25, 2013)

Great price break, but what do people think about the functionality. I just installed a 15 day trial and I am not sure how I would use this stuff within my normal Bridge/Camera Raw/Photoshop work flow. Isn't most of the functionality redundant with newer versions of Photoshop?

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wildkat2
By wildkat2 (Mar 26, 2013)

I have owned both Dfine and Vivesa for a long time and both are excellent tools.

I find Dfine more effective than noise reduction in Lightroom. More is removed as less cost to IQ.

Vivesa is amazing. Yes you can do everything in Photoshop but you cant do it as quickly or with the control that Vivesa gives. Where it really shines is in recovering badly shot images or when you want to REALLY mess with an image. It is one of my favorite plugins.

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Mar 25, 2013)

What a fantastic deal for first time buyers, or for people who already own at least one plugin.

I can certainly recommend Viveza, SilverFX, and the ColorFx plugins since I have used them extensively.

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Randy Redford
By Randy Redford (Mar 25, 2013)

I am a former user of Silver Efex pro, and got the email about free versions, but the only thing that downloads is a doc that windows will not open. Any advice....?

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Mar 25, 2013)

Make sure you save the file to a folder that you label. It should have an exe extension.When you double click it should run the install.
Possibly you downloaded an early version which did not have an exe file. Try downloading it again.

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photogirl44
By photogirl44 (Mar 25, 2013)

Make sure your downloaded file ends in "full.exe". Mine ended in "full[1]". I renamed the file and exchanged the "full[1]" to "full.exe" and windows was then able to open the file and download all the programs.

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TZ Photo
By TZ Photo (Mar 25, 2013)

I bought the software today, installed it with succes (used th elink from an email) and I used it for several hours. Then due to some problem wit usb socket I had to restart my computer (with the reset button) and after the restart the plug-ins stopped working. The splashcreen says that my trial has expired and I only have option to Exit or to Buy. Can anybody help?

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Mar 25, 2013)

call Nik tech support.

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nathansmith
By nathansmith (Mar 25, 2013)

And the many 15% off codes on the internet for Nik work too! Just Google Nik discount codes and you'll find many.

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sygyzy
By sygyzy (Mar 25, 2013)

Thanks for the advice. Saved me $22!

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Sergeg
By Sergeg (Mar 25, 2013)

My email was in my Gmail Spam folder too?
This was a pleasant surprise this morning, having bought Viveza 1 way back in 2009 and subsequently upgrading to V2, I had been eyeing off Color Effects Pro 4, although V3 was offered with Corel PaintShop Pro X4 and X5. I would have paid $149 for the Bundle Upgrade, so this is a real Bonus! Thanks Google!

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sean000
By sean000 (Mar 25, 2013)

I think this is a sign that Google is preparing to integrate Nik-like development capabilities into Picasa (or perhaps a "Picasa-Pro" premium version). Step 1: Get the Lightroom users hooked on all the Nik products. Step 2: Offer a new premium Picasa application that has the organizational and workflow features of Lightroom, but with the Nik products fully integrated. Throw in huge amounts of online storage for a premium Google Drive / Google+ account. Step 3: Make it possible to go cloud-based with full features. Google has doing a lot to make Google+ attractive to serious photographers, so it only makes sense that they want to compete with Adobe (at least Lightroom), and offer the kind of cloud-based (and potentially collaborative) experience currently lacking from Lightroom. That said I love using Lightroom (as well as my Nik plugins), so I will wait until Google offers me a Terabyte of online storage and I have the bandwidth to use it.

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pedroboe100
By pedroboe100 (Mar 25, 2013)

Think "chromebook Pixel" they didn't build such awesome hardware for nothing ;-)

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sean000
By sean000 (Mar 26, 2013)

@pedroboe100: And it comes with 1 TB of Google Drive storage for 3 years! I'm telling ya... they could probably sell me pretty easily on a Pixel with 1 TB online storage and cloud-based photo-management/development with tools as powerful and Lightroom and Nik. It's only a matter of time before they lay all their cards on the table and go after Lightroom users full-tilt.

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HiRez
By HiRez (Mar 26, 2013)

Well, they have A LOT of work to do to make Picasa rival Lightroom. That's not some trivial tweaking and adding a few features.

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sean000
By sean000 (Mar 26, 2013)

You're correct HiRez... Picasa isn't anywhere close to Lightroom at this time, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see a "Picasa Pro" or some other named product before too long.

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Stalyon
By Stalyon (Mar 25, 2013)

Did your free download email come from nikcollection-noreply@mailus.niksoftware.com address? Just making sure this was legit.

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zlatko
By zlatko (Mar 25, 2013)

Yes, that's the address it came from. It is legit.

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Mar 25, 2013)

Yes. It's an exe file which can install all of the plugins.

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dengx
By dengx (Mar 25, 2013)

"The good news also is that future upgrades will be included for free :)"

Hmmm

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zlatko
By zlatko (Mar 25, 2013)

This may signal the end of these products. After all of the price cutting, they may discover that it's not at all profitable to develop and support them. They were built based on a very different price structure. I'm afraid they may disappear in the same way that Google Reader is about to disappear.

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Mar 25, 2013)

Hopefully not true. The pricing 2-3 yrs ago for these plugins was so high (over $200 each) that not too many bought them. Once it costs $149 for the entire suite, the volume of sales may produce as much or more profit than the previous pricing scheme.

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WalterSanders
By WalterSanders (Mar 25, 2013)

Does Google's TOS bother anyone?
"When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps)."

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Steven Grimm
By Steven Grimm (Mar 25, 2013)

How does using one of these plugins count as uploading or submitting content to one of Google's services? There's no connection to any Google systems involved here (other than downloading the plugins initially).

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larj_lights
By larj_lights (Mar 25, 2013)

Hope they send me an email, why did they not send to their old clients like us who spent more than what they are selling now?

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ralphdaily
By ralphdaily (Mar 25, 2013)

They sent me an email for the free download.

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mr moonlight
By mr moonlight (Mar 25, 2013)

I got the email too.
Here's the link to the info page. There's a contact at the bottom.

http://support.google.com/nikcollection/#topic=3039620

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HiRez
By HiRez (Mar 25, 2013)

This is cool and a great deal, but to me it just says they are killing off this product line and are trying to milk any additional revenue they can before they pull the plug. Too bad. While this is a good deal compared to Nik's traditionally very steep pricing, I wouldn't expect any long term support or upgrades.

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fpessolano
By fpessolano (Mar 25, 2013)

You are probably right.

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V1S10N
By V1S10N (Mar 25, 2013)

I'm guessing you're right considering The "New Version" is identical to the "Previous Version." With the exception that they REMOVED the updating services and added new "Lame" product icons! Got to hand it to Google for not disappointing us with more lies! [sarcasm]

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BigEnso
By BigEnso (Mar 25, 2013)

Bummer. I hope they send a second notice. I found the email in my Gmail spam folder and since it did look like spam ( I am overly cautious), I deleted it rather than sending it to trash so it is beyond recovery. Evidently the email link is the only way in to get the free bundle if you already have some of the apps.

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sean000
By sean000 (Mar 25, 2013)

I found my notice in the spam folder as well. GMail said it appeared to be a phishing scam. You'd think they'd whitelist their own sender accounts.

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Stalyon
By Stalyon (Mar 25, 2013)

Odd. I got an email with the free NIK collection download link... in my gmail spam folder? Do you think it's legit?

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Stalyon
By Stalyon (Mar 25, 2013)

I downloaded the file and ran it through my anti-virus software with no alarms. Haven't installed it yet. I find it odd that an email, technically from Google, ends up in my gmail spam.

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BrookerT
By BrookerT (Mar 25, 2013)

This of course, occurs within 2 weeks of me buying it.

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jhaftel
By jhaftel (Mar 25, 2013)

Any purchased made within 30 days are eligible for a refund for anything paid over the $149 purchase price.

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Benarm
By Benarm (Mar 25, 2013)

I hope they continue developing these plug-ins, Lighroom made a huge leap from LR3 to LR4 and made me stop using some external plugins, such as for noise reduction.

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HiRez
By HiRez (Mar 25, 2013)

I would love version of these plugins that operate natively within Lightroom's RAW workflow. SilverEfex is a really great too, but having to freeze my edits and export is not good. Adobe needs to allow plugins to insert themselves directly in the RAW workflow chain.

5 upvotes
pertsar
By pertsar (Mar 25, 2013)

Does the free collection apply for paid upgrade of Sharpener Pro 3.0 within the last five years or only the initial purchase of Sharpener Pro within the last five years.

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jhaftel
By jhaftel (Mar 25, 2013)

If you own Sharpener Pro 3, you'll get a free upgrade to the Nik Collection, provided your copy of Sharpener Pro 3 was registered. Check to see if you get an email from us within the next few days, and if not, you can contact us to get your software registered and get a new download link.

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Niklas Ramstedt
By Niklas Ramstedt (Mar 25, 2013)

I only get HDREfex to show up in lightroom. No other plugins get installed there. :(

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Niklas Ramstedt
By Niklas Ramstedt (Mar 25, 2013)

Meh! I'm an idiot. Didn't know of the "Edit In" option.

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F Stop Fitzgerald
By F Stop Fitzgerald (Mar 25, 2013)

I only bought the bundle for Aperture, years ago before they came out with HDR Efex Pro. I got an email link today and installed it. Now I have all the new versions of the plug-ins, plus HDR Efex Pro in both my Aperture and Photoshop! Tested them and they work fine! I could not be happier!!

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MrMojo
By MrMojo (Mar 25, 2013)

I received the confirmation e-mail but I don't see a serial number...

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F Stop Fitzgerald
By F Stop Fitzgerald (Mar 25, 2013)

I just installed it and it did not need any serial numbers, like before! Give it a try

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (Mar 27, 2013)

Same for me, I find that very suspect ! You wonder what will come next ?

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dedwards
By dedwards (Mar 25, 2013)

For those who downloaded but couldn't get the file to run -

Try renaming the file with .EXE on the end.

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tadzima
By tadzima (Mar 25, 2013)

Thank you...

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 25, 2013)

2 years ago you'd have paid $300 just for lightroom and now you can get LR4, plus ALL the NIK plugins for that price. Pretty cool.

4 upvotes
Denis of Whidbey Island
By Denis of Whidbey Island (Mar 25, 2013)

Bought Viveza 2 a while back and wanted some of the others but the Nik migration deal was not compelling. Glad I waited. Received the email link a few minutes ago and the new suite is installed and running.

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sanmaj
By sanmaj (Mar 25, 2013)

Received my e-mail from Google. I downloaded the Nik Collection as described, installed same and I am now good to go!! Haven't finished testing in all main software yet e.g. PS CS6, Aperture, Lightroom, but everything looks good so far.

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noegd
By noegd (Mar 25, 2013)

Good news and reasonable price... at last! I must admit I had never been a fan of those expensive plug-in suites that were not always doing a convincingly better job than the host software.

I only bought Color FX a while ago, but as a plug-in to Nikon Capture NX. Not sure if I qualify for the free offer!

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Bruno Carlos
By Bruno Carlos (Mar 25, 2013)

Wow, I just bought Nik full pack a week ago and they're giving me a refund: Our records show that you purchased one or more of our plug-ins within the last 30 days and paid more than $149. We're pleased to refund you the difference between what you originally paid and the new lower price. We're crediting the card you used to make your purchase in the amount of $105.96.

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fpessolano
By fpessolano (Mar 25, 2013)

They have to. Google, hence nik, has a 30 day refund policy, as such they either do the refund or need to del with everybody asking for a full refund first and a new purchase afterwards.
This does not change the fact that changing a price of 70% is one of two things:

- business malpractice. Fr people dealing with google on one product is ok, but people like me relying on more business services ... This is a bad sign.

- end of life policy. They just put the price down knowing that the product is at its last cycle. In this case meaning no further support after cs6 or similar.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 25, 2013)

Good deal, but I have some of them already...

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Robert Eckerlin
By Robert Eckerlin (Mar 25, 2013)

"If you previously bought any of these plugins, within the last five years, you get the entire collection for free."

Is that a great gift! As an enthusiat user of Viveza 2 (I use it as a plugin to Photoshop Elements) and because I was since a couple of months curious about other Nik plugins, I am now also enthusiast about this offer. Thank You Google! All the best for the future (including for a future more broad functional base) of these new Plugins at their new Google home!

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Sorin Vacaru
By Sorin Vacaru (Mar 25, 2013)

./rant on - IMHO, Google has long ago turned from the innovator to the arrogant super-corporation. It is part of the cycle ... ./rant off

As I feared, I had difficulty finding my way through the Nik-Google transition. Unless your transition goes smooth from the first try, my suggestion is that you save your time and call them directly at (888) 284-4085 or +1(404) 978-9258. The old Nik staff seems to be still there and they were very helpful. Oh, and I wouldn't upgrade my main working system immediately. They say the 2-computer license is still valid, so install it on a backup machine and use it for a while ....

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steelhead3
By steelhead3 (Mar 25, 2013)

I down loaded Nik and windows won't open the file. I then went to my email and tried it that way and same thing, mac is in the name under windows download, do they have links reversed?

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Laurie Rubin
By Laurie Rubin (Mar 25, 2013)

This has been fixed now.

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steelhead3
By steelhead3 (Mar 25, 2013)

Not if you don't get another e mail or buy again

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
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sanmaj
By sanmaj (Mar 25, 2013)

I too have the entire collection purchased separately over the years except HDR 2. I am looking forward to getting the "complete collection" including the new HDR 2. All of my products are registered under the "old" site with the last one I bought being Silver Efex. I have also kept up with all upgrades (except HDR) over the years. While I think I should qualify for the "free" upgrade there is no facility for doing so on their new site. I guess I will just have to wait for the "e-mail" from them explaining how to do this. I guess we all will see whether this will happen as stated. Interesting!!

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kff
By kff (Mar 25, 2013)

Nice, but I bought this super pack of filters 7 months ago ...

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smatty
By smatty (Mar 25, 2013)

I would still have liked to see the "old" Snapseed desktop program to be added to the bundle...

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Greg Norrell
By Greg Norrell (Mar 25, 2013)

I checked that email, and it allows you to opt out, otherwise the account data will be transferred. I didn't opt out. Hopefully they'll sort things out and make the update process clearer.

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Mar 25, 2013)

Nice!

Something new to breathe a bit of life into my ageing install of Aperture. Thanks to Nik for making this backwards compatible to Aperture 3.1 for those of us still stuck on Snow Leopard! That's more love than we've gotten from Apple lately...

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fpessolano
By fpessolano (Mar 25, 2013)

What a robbery for me. I took the ultimate collection beginning of February and I feel like they stole 300 bucks.
I guess they will get many customers now, so they do not care about loosing a few who are like me ... feeling somewhat robbed.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 25, 2013)

If you paid that much for them, then you felt it was worth that much at the time. And how would they lose you as a customer, you already bought?

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klarue
By klarue (Mar 25, 2013)

You should probably call Nik sometime this week.

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johnvr1
By johnvr1 (Mar 25, 2013)

Same here. I'm going to contact them.

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V1S10N
By V1S10N (Mar 25, 2013)

This software was definitely worth it before Google got its grubby little fingers on it! Nothing like buying the ultimate collection, dropping hundreds of dollars on software only have it bought out a couple months later by a company that has had NO updates to fix any critical issues! I want those months of my life back! I guess after spending all that cash on Nik, It's great Google is going to give it to me for FREE! WTH! $500 dollars is NOT FREE! Jack wagons! Where is my stinking refund for having to deal with your "lying excuses and flawed buy out!" Suck it!

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Mar 25, 2013)

Why did you buy it for that much? ...either you thought it was worth it or you needed it for something specific.

Just like everything else in the world, items go on sale and get discounted. Hey, I'm using a version of PSE for free ...does that mean that everyone who ever bought it got ripped off ...no.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 26, 2013)

It's unfortunate, but if you paid what they asked earlier, you must have decided it was worth it at the time.

I'm not sure what the alternative is. If they never drop the price just to keep old users happy, we users at large will never get a price break. Are we actually arguing that companies should not think about dramatically dropping prices?

"If you don't keep your prices as high as you always have, I'm going to stop buying from you." Really?

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WT21
By WT21 (Mar 25, 2013)

Also note -- when Google bough Nik, they sent out an e-mail saying you needed to allow your account data to transfer to Google. If you said "no" then you likely don't get this deal.

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Denis of Whidbey Island
By Denis of Whidbey Island (Mar 25, 2013)

"likely"? Is this a WAG or do you know something?

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WT21
By WT21 (Mar 25, 2013)

The e-mail clearly said you have to transfer your data to receive any support. The e-mail I got confirming the transfer said

"By transferring your information and your previous history, you will continue to be eligible for support for your Nik Software products."

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klarue
By klarue (Mar 25, 2013)

If you're in Europe and didn't opt in, Nik/Google is not allowed to send you emails to get the new software.

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Stephenbw
By Stephenbw (Mar 25, 2013)

I don't recall receiving this email; when was it sent out?

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V1S10N
By V1S10N (Mar 25, 2013)

Support? Google? They left us Nik people in the dark! They told me they were aware of issues but never did a thing. That is not "support!" That is a brush off!

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jhaftel
By jhaftel (Mar 25, 2013)

V1S10N, we are here to support you. Please just give us a call so that we can help...

support.google.com/nikcollection

-Josh (PM for G+ Photos / Nik Software)

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Greg Norrell
By Greg Norrell (Mar 25, 2013)

I went to the product key registration and entered a valid product key for my existing software and the site said the product had been 'disabled'.... fishy...

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Stephenbw
By Stephenbw (Mar 25, 2013)

It says on their website
"To download the latest version of the Nik Collection, please refer to your download email. If you have not already received an email with the download link or if you need the email re-sent to you for software you have already purchased, please click to receive the download link via email. Or, if you are interested in downloading the trial of the Nik Collection, please click to download the trial."

I can see where you click to get the trial, but nowhere to be sent an email for software already purchased. I bought the complete collection in 2011 but would like to get the latest versions.

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jl_smith
By jl_smith (Mar 25, 2013)

More in the google plus link. They say keep a lookout for an email in the coming days.

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zlatko
By zlatko (Mar 25, 2013)

Has anyone figured out how to obtain the free upgrade? The FAQ says you're supposed to go to the product key registration page, but I can't find it.

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jl_smith
By jl_smith (Mar 25, 2013)

Read the google plus article linked, basically keep a lookout for an email that will allow the free software.

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zlatko
By zlatko (Mar 25, 2013)

I received the email. Thank you.

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