Back in July I wrote fondly of the Nik collection of processing bolt-ons which work so well with Lightroom and some other editors. The star of the show, for me, has always been Silver Efex Pro, but the suite covers a number of additional editing processes, all with a good range of standard effects.
Now the future of the Nik Collection is in doubt and a petition has been launch to try to persuade Google to resurrect support. Long story short, the Nik Collection was an independent software suite and was quite expensive — even one module, Silver Efex Pro, cost me over £100 some years ago. But the cost supported a strong development team and we all recognise that you get nowt for nowt, as we say in Lancashire.
Then along came Google, buying up Nik and offering to keep things going. The trouble was, the whole suite soon became free. In additional to my expensive Silver Efex Pro I received all the other modules for nowt. Good for us but ultimately bad for business.
Three month ago Google pulled the plug. There would be no more development of the Nik modules. While they would continue to work for the time being, they will certainly fall off the pitch as operating systems develop. That reminds me that I haven’t tried SEFEX with High Sierra — it could well already be broken as far as I am aware.
The petition — which you can sign here — is an attempt to get Google to change its mind. It’s worth adding our name but it seems to me that unless Google takes the thing on commercially, and starts charging again, there is little chance of continued development. It’s a great pity.