It’s good news for photo enthusiasts all over the world. Google has decided to reduce the price of the Nik collection, which is a suit of seven desktop plug-ings, for photographers from $149 to zero. Google has acquired the German developer Nik ‘s mobile editing app Snapseed. The price of the suit was initially pegged at $499; Google reduced it to $149.
The Nik collection has initially six plug-ins which included Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, and Dfine. These plug-ins are used in Photoshop, Light room, and Aperture. Those users who had bought the package in $149 will get their money back.
“Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day,” Google writes. “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.”
From the move, it’s clear that Google will not support the further development of this software. This suit has not been updated for the last three years. Google hopes to make it more accessible for common people.