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Goodbye, Nik Software | Google Officially Stops Development

By Holly Roa on May 30th 2017

For fans of Nik Software, Google’s 2012 acquisition of the company was met with skepticism. It was suspected that of the suite of Lightroom and Photoshop plugins which includes Silver Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, and Analog Effex Pro and Nik’s Snapseed app (which was named iPad app of the year in 2011) one of these things was a shinier attractant for the internet behemoth who battles Instagram owner, Facebook, for control of the web. 

Once owned by Google, the price of the Nik Collection was dropped from $500 to $149, and then in March of 2016, it was made free. While that was exciting news at the time, it did increase concern that the Nik Collection would not be receiving much attention from Google.

Now, via a banner quietly added to the Nik Collection website, it is officially confirmed: Nik Collections is no longer being developed, and the last supported operating system versions are Mac OS 10.10 and the last supported version of Photoshop was CC2015. Lightroom 6 and CC are supported, but we’ll see how long that lasts with the CC version as updates continue.


We tried the Nik Collection with Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC2017.1.0, and while it does work with Lightroom, it does not appear to be compatible with the latest version of Photoshop. It’s possible that some backend sleuthing may reveal a workaround, but out-of-the-box, it’s a no.

Meanwhile, Snapseed is receiving consistent updates and remains a favorite for mobile photo editors. This time it looks like the naysayers were right all along.

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Seattle based photographer with a side of videography, specializing in work involving animals, but basically a Jill of all trades.
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Brian Miller

    Google gave away NIK for free.  Why wouldn’t they now sell the rights to
    open-source developers who could continue to update and support the programs moving
    forward?  I’d pay a fee to continue using
    this program. I paid hundreds for the entire suite of programs before Google
    took it over.   Seems like such a waste to let this go, particularly
    when almost 15,000 have now signed the Save the Nick Collection!” petition.
    — suppose that’s just small-fry to Google? 

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  2. Randall Huleva

    Too bad! The photography community loses big time! Control Point technology is awesome and has so much more potential with future development.

    I’m still angry that Nik sold out to Google! It was so obvious where this was all going.

    I’m hopeful MacPhun, AlienSkin  or another player may try to pick it up from Google, but Google probably doesn’t want to sell it. It’s safer for them to just kill it.

    If you can’t beat it, buy it and kill it! 

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  3. Randall Huleva

    It will probably continue to work fine for the immediate future, however if you have any problems using newer host software or operating systems, be aware that Google will not offer any help or assistance.

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  4. Jim Christensen

    I use the NIK filters regularly, on MacOS Sierra (10.12.4), and with Photoshop CC 2017.1.1.  All work splendidly!  I depend on them and would be most upset if they stopped working,  Adobe should take them and support them!  They are still state-of-the-art software… even after 5 years lying dormant.

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  5. Nicola Tonolini

    Maybe MacPhun will be the alternative! :-)

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  6. Motti Bembaron

    Haven’t touched it in years. Very slow in LR..Oh well. 

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  7. Andre Queree

    They haven’t updated the Nik stuff for a few years (possibly since it went free). It does seem to work ok on the latest CC (Windows) versions of PS and LR – you may just need to reinstall it.

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  8. Howard Barlow

    It works perfectly well with PSCC 2017. At least, it does on both of my MacBook Pros.

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  9. Chris Hutcheson

    Disappointing, as it’s much better than On1 for this kind of work. Unlikely but it would be great if they were to sell it to another developer (Affinity?) or make it open source.

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    • Motti Bembaron

      Great idea. Make it open source. Many developers would love to put their hands on that and keep developing it.

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    • Dave Lyons

      that’s what i was thinking too. It’s one of my fav plugins, I could care less if it works in ps or lr anymore but hopefully, it will in Affinity Photo.

      I guess google couldn’t figure out how to mine your data through it… the bastards! lol

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  10. David Roberts

    I have PS 2017.1.1, and the NIK Suite appears to work with it (at least the tools I normally use).

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  11. Charles Putnam

    This has actually been on Nik’s site for several months now

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