In October 2017 DxO acquired the ever popular Nik Collection photo editing software from Google. At the time, Jérôme Ménière, CEO and founder of DxO, said “We are very excited to welcome the Nik Collection to the DxO family.”
The DxO website says that it planning to release a new version of the software in the middle of the year. At this moment in time, there is no news about whether this version will be free, or what it will include.
How Nik Collections started
Nils Kokemohr set up Nik Software in San Diego, California in 1995. It developed the image editing plug-ins Nik Collection, as well as the mobile application Snapseed. In September 2012 Google acquired Nik Software for an undisclosed amount. They then went on to put a smile on many photographers' faces by dropping the purchase price from $500 down to $150. Then in March 2016, Google announced, "Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free."
It seemed the end of the road was in sight for the Nik Collection back in May 2017, when Google said that it would stop development in the software. Luckily, the French image processing software developers DxO Labs stepped in and aquired it.
The Nik Collection is still available for free on the DxO website. Just type in your email address and you will be sent a download link. You can also sign up for information releases about future developments. I for one can't wait to see how the Boulogne-Billancourt based company will take the software forward.