Google buys NIK!

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Savageduck, Nov 2, 2012.

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    Savageduck Guest

    Savageduck, Nov 2, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    We were discussing this at a NIK workshop I took with Katrin Eisman.
    She thinks it will have little short term effect. She had also advised
    Adobe to purchase NIK for its u Point technology. She thinks Adobe made
    a mistake in not purchasing.
    We may expect to see that technology in a new product Google will
    introduce. No word on timing, or type.
    PeterN, Nov 2, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Interesting - Google could want to deploy online versions of their
    various tools (Chrome OS) and/or integrate them into Picasa.

    Could be the start of an assault on "Instagram"/Facebook by providing
    more useful/powerful effects for snapshooters on the social sites.

    Whatever the outcome, I'd be reasonably certain they will continue to
    support and offer their current s/w.
    Alan Browne, Nov 2, 2012
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    I hope it makes its way into Nikon NX2
    Eric Stevens, Nov 2, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    They have various stand alone versions now.
    So does OnOne Software.
    Savageduck, Nov 2, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    NIK has the Instagram effect covered and more, with Snapseed as a
    desktop app and an iOS app.
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    Savageduck, Nov 2, 2012
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    'They'? Who is 'they'? 'They' have stand alone versions of what?
    Eric Stevens, Nov 3, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Come on Eric! It's in the subject line, "they" is NIK Software and
    "they" have stand alone versions of the following:
    Take a look at some of the included videos and feature sets.

    Dfine 2.0 for noise reduction;
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    Viveza 2 for all sorts of image adjustment:
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    Color Efex Pro 4 for a whole bunch of photographic filters.
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    Sharpener Pro 3 which is a sort of super USM for application to RAW
    files at the start of processing and for finishing if needed.
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    Silver Efex Pro 2, on of the best B&W conversion plugins &/or apps.
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    HDR Efex Pro 2, which is probably the best of the HDR processing tools.
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    ....and you can buy the entire bundle of stand alone apps and plugins
    for Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and PS Elements.
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    They also have Snapseed which runs on OSX, and Windows machines for a
    mere $19.99 by download.
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    Then as I said OnOne Software has its own set of plugins and Apps
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    Savageduck, Nov 3, 2012
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    I'm familiar with what Nik software has to offer. But you could have
    been referring to Nikon, Google and onOne.

    See - at the very least you could have been talking about Nik or onOne
    software. That's why I asked.

    If PS weren't so damned expensive in this part of the world I would
    have already bought it and gone on to buy the Nik bundle.

    But now ... we live in interesting times.
    Eric Stevens, Nov 3, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I think my point was don't imitate but leap over. NIK certainly goes a
    lot further than instagram effects.
    Alan Browne, Nov 3, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Until proven otherwise, I have little confidence in Nikon software. I
    use Perfect Resize, and just upgraded to the whole suite. So far, for
    selections and BW conversions, I use Topaz, although I think Nik makes a
    stronger BW conversion product.
    PeterN, Nov 3, 2012
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    Nikon transfer is great.

    View NX is not too bad, although in some ways I prefer the older
    version 1.

    I love NX2 editing software but wish it did more.

    Unfortunately there is little evidence that Nikon has it's heart set
    on maintaining the suite.
    Eric Stevens, Nov 3, 2012
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    nick c Guest

    I have NX 2 installed and think it's a very good program though I prefer
    to use Adobe PS mostly because I'm used to it and I'm still on a
    learning curve. I also use the Perfect Re-size program and Nik (Dfine,
    Viveza, HDR, Color Efx pro, Silver Efex pro, and Sharpener pro filters)
    and Topaz (DeNoise filters) and, being very satisfied with them all, see
    no reason to change.
    nick c, Nov 4, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Some of my friends like it too. They feel it does a better job of RAW
    conversion. the last time I tired Capture was about five years ago. If I
    cared about precision lens corrections, then I might reconsider. But,
    for my work, I am quit satisfied with CS6. (At least until a new version
    offering more features that I would use comes out.)
    PeterN, Nov 4, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    I am still on a learning curve. Each filter, even the ones that seem to
    have a similar function, appears to have a different output. It is
    interesting experimenting to see which one to use for what output. Of
    course by the time I learn them, new versions will appear. To
    paraphrase: Good upgrades, stimulate the economy.
    PeterN, Nov 4, 2012
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