The Nik Collection is back but will cost you
In October 2017 DxO acquired the Nik Collection from Google who had previously acquired it from Nik Software when they also bought Snapseed the mobile app. And now after 6 months of development, it's back.
What is the Nik Collection?
The Nik Collection is a suite of 7 plugins that add extra functionality to Adobe Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Elements 2017/2018. They are:
Analog Efex Pro - this applies analogue film, camera and lens simulations to digital photos.
Color Efex Pro - a set of filters for colour correction, touch-up, and creative effects.
Dfine - this reduces the noise of digital images.
HDR Efex Pro - as the name suggests this processes images in HDR.
Sharpener Pro - another obvious one, this increases the accuracy and enhances the detail of digital images.
Silver Efex Pro - this is a black and white image conversion solution.
Viveza - this helps you locally adjusts the colour and tone of specific areas of the image.
Until July 1st, the collection will cost you $49.99 after which time the regular price is $69. You can download a 30-day trial too.
Is it worth it?
In 2016, Google offered the Nik Collection for free after having charged $150 for it. Photographers around the world were really happy but now the thought of paying $49.99 / $69 seems steep. DxO promise that the collection is "fully functional and compatible with all 64-bit Windows and Mac platforms", in the past there had been issues with Mac OS. It also provides customer support and their website will soon have exclusive tutorials for users.
Now, DxO Labs went into receivership earlier this year so it is anyone's guess how much time and money has been spent on improving the Nik Collection. Reading various forums over the last couple of days it seems that there aren't many new things, a new installation process and a few filters here and there. It seems that unless you backup any custom made filters, an installation of the new collection will delete them all forever.
Should you get it?
If like me you have been using the old free version without any problems then for the time being I would wait and see what happens to DxO Labs. Any future development will depend heavily on the outcome of their financial issues. If on the other hand you have never used it, go ahead and download the free trial. Then you can decide if you wish to buy a licence. At $49.99 or $69 it's money well spent.
The Official Website for the Nik Collection https://nikcollection.dxo.com/