DxO posted (on Google Plus, of all places) it will release a new version of the Nik Collection in 2018. In October, DxO acquired the assets of the Nik Collection from Google. In May, Google announced it was abandoning the Nik Collection, which it had acquired (along with Snapseed) in 2012. By 2013, Google killed off Snapseed for Desktop, and dropped the price of the Nik Collection from $500 to $150. In 2016, the $150 was dropped altogether.
DxO has already incorporated Nik’s U Point interface in its desktop photo-editing solution, DxO PhotoLab (formerly DxO OpticsPro).
The Nik Collection is composed of seven desktop plugins for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities. The current lineup of the Nik Collection includes:
- Analog Efex Pro: Applies film-era camera, lens, and film simulations to digital images
- Color Efex Pro: A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects
- Dfine: Noise reduction software for camera-specific digital images
- HDR Efex Pro: Specialized program for processing HDR pictures
- Sharpener Pro: Image sharpening for digital images
- Silver Efex Pro: Black & White conversion of images with darkroom-inspired controls
- Viveza: Selectively adjusts image color and tonality without complicated masks or selections