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Google Sets Its Nik Collection of Photo Editing Software Free

In a move that may indicate the software's days might be numbered, Google has just announced that its entire suite of Nik Collection image editing software is now available to download for free, with no strings attached. This announcement comes approximately one month after Google discontinued Picassa, a snapshooter-oriented image editing program.

The suite includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Vieza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, and Dfine. Until Marcy 23, 2016, this suite cost approximately $150. 

Silver Efex pro is especially useful for black-and-white photographers since it lets you make both global and local changes to JPEGs using U-Point technology without the need for masks and selections. Silver Efex also offers the tonal and grain characteristics of some 20 popular black-and-white film types, including Ilford HP5 Plus and Kodak Plus-X.

Until now, a 15-day trial evaluation period was available (and it still says this on some pages) but Google assures us the software is now free forever.

The only question is whether there will be further updates for the suite down the road as new incompatible operating systems are introduce. Google has been mum on this issue.

Nevertheless, free is free. Live for today—Grab it now.

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