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It's OFFICIAL GOOGLE is not going to support NIK any longer

Post by Didereaux » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:46 pm

as reported in DPReview Googl is dropping all development(was there ever any?) and support of the NIK collection.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:10 pm

Time marches on. I confess I got the collection when it went freebie and (because I didn't pay thru the nose) have hardly used it and mostly don't know how. I imagine the lack of support will only become an issue over time. I know many here use it and love it. I should experiment more with it. :|
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Post by Didereaux » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:21 pm

IF you use NIK then you need to understand that it can be unusable with the next operating update, but no ones knows. This article ccovers all that, but more importantly it provides some practical workarounds fro serious photographers who use this collection.
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Post by Duck » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:21 pm

They are a great set of tools and I have used some of them in the past. It is a shame that Google is dropping the ball on this in favor of Snapseed (which I know nothing about). Ah, the power of the conglomerates to kill a project.
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Post by minniev » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:58 pm

It bothers me that Google simply used it, absorbed it and cast it aside without any thought to the countless photographers who depend on it as an essential part of their workflow.

But my being bothered matters not one iota to Google of course. And everyone figured this would happen when they got it.

I've found substitutes for most of what I rely on in NIK, switched my monochrome processing to Tonality, noise removal in Noiseless (it's a lot harder to control though), learned to do more of what I want in PS, but there's still a gap in a few things that I haven't transitioned over, mostly things that live in Color Efex. I'll use NIK as long as it lasts but the most recent update of CC caused several of the NIK plugins to lose their minds. I was pleased that Adobe found a repair for it, but they warn on their support site that they cannot reverse-patch NIK forever if it isn't upgraded on the other end. Understandable, but...
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Post by Didereaux » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:33 pm

The solution I am using and have for a couple of years is this. I have an older Win7 laptop that I use for tethering mostly, but it has just enough power/mem to handle CC5/6 & LR6 so when NIK finally gets killed off I will still have it and all the non cloud BS on a usable computer. I simply swap one of the USB 1T drives with pictures back and forth. No big deal. Older laptops with 4-8G mem are less than $200 buy a spare battery and store it...you are good to go. And like I said you can then use it also in field AND that is a big plus!


I should have added that I now have PSElements 15 and LR6.8 on my main computer I rarely have any need for the graphics abilities of PS anymore.
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Post by minniev » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:57 pm

Didereaux wrote:The solution I am using and have for a couple of years is this. I have an older Win7 laptop that I use for tethering mostly, but it has just enough power/mem to handle CC5/6 & LR6 so when NIK finally gets killed off I will still have it and all the non cloud BS on a usable computer. I simply swap one of the USB 1T drives with pictures back and forth. No big deal. Older laptops with 4-8G mem are less than $200 buy a spare battery and store it...you are good to go. And like I said you can then use it also in field AND that is a big plus!



NIK is one of the main reasons I quit updating the OS on my laptop (which is old anyway, and mostly for travel-duty). I will probably quit updating CC on it as well. We'll see how long it lasts. I really like having everything accessible and easy to use on my "good" computer with its nice big monitor, without a lot of fiddling. Maybe I'll find something that will do for what I want. Aurora comes close, maybe with the next iteration I can duplicate what I like about NIK Color Efex.
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Post by St3v3M » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:46 pm

Didereaux wrote:as reported in DPReview Googl is dropping all development(was there ever any?) and support of the NIK collection.
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I'm installing it now. Thank you! S-
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Post by St3v3M » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:50 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:Time marches on. I confess I got the collection when it went freebie and (because I didn't pay thru the nose) have hardly used it and mostly don't know how. I imagine the lack of support will only become an issue over time. I know many here use it and love it. I should experiment more with it. :|

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Post by St3v3M » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:54 pm

Duck wrote:They are a great set of tools and I have used some of them in the past. It is a shame that Google is dropping the ball on this in favor of Snapseed (which I know nothing about). Ah, the power of the conglomerates to kill a project.

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