Google’s Nik Collection desktop suite is now free to all users worldwide. The software is composed of seven, desktop plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture.
The Nik Collection plug-ins provides users with powerful photo editing capabilities— Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Dfine.
Google is focused on developing photo-editing tools for mobile
“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,” said Google in a blog post.
The latest Nik Collection available for free download starting on March 24 included Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine.
Google said, “We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.”
The search engine giant said consumers who purchased the Nik Collection this year would receive a full refund. The company will automatically return their money in the coming days.
Nik Collection was originally offered for $500— before Google acquired it in 2012. The search engine giant dropped the price to $149 six months after its acquisition.
Some users are concerned that Google may no longer release updates to the software since it is now free and it is focused on developing its mobile photo editing tools.