Google's Photo Editing Software - NIK Collection, is now available free.
Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. Google have decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.
The Nik Collection from Google is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities - from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.
A 'plug-in' is a programme that needs you to have a version of Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Elements or Apple Aperture which it can then operate through. You should fully check the compatibility notes below to see what your computer and Adobe or Apple software combination will provide.
The latest Nik Collection (Dfine, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro) is free to download from https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
Compatability (listed by Google October 16th 2016) curiously does not include Windows 10, but the following announcement is found on Nik Collection help. "Now that Windows 10 has been released, our team is working quickly to identify and resolve any compatibility issues. If an update is required, an auto-update will be pushed out. As of right now, things seem to be working well as all reports from users who have already installed Windows 10 have been positive."
Mac® OS X 10.7.5 through 10.10 Adobe Photoshop CS4 (CS5 for HDR Efex Pro 2) through CC 2015 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements) Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC Apple® Aperture® 3.1 or later
Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8 Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CC 2015 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements) Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC
NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series, GeForce 9 Series, GeForce 100 Series, GeForce 200 Series, GeForce 300 Series, GeForce 400 Series, GeForce 500 Series, ATI Radeon HD2000 Series, Radeon HD3000 Series, Radeon HD4000 Series, Radeon HD5000 Series, Radeon HD6000 Series.
If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used.