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Google offers Nik Software plugins for $149

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Nik Collection by Google, a re-branded version of Nik Software is now available for $149 at much discounted price from the original $499. The full bundle includes HDR Efex Pro 2, Silver Efex Pro 2, Sharpener Pro 3, Color Efex Pro 4, Viveza 2, and Dfine 2 for Windows and Mac machines.

Nik Software, the developer company of the “Best Mobile Photo App 2012” winner Snapseed for iOS, has been the successful maker of photography editing tools and plugins for desktop software e.g Adobe Photoshop®, Lightroom®, or Aperture® before Google acquired the company with its products back in September 2012. Later the Snapseed was released for Android devices in December.

As of now, Google has offered the Nik Collection for $149 containing each of the desktop plugin HDR Efex Pro 2, Silver Efex Pro 2, Sharpener Pro 3, Color Efex Pro 4, Viveza 2, and Dfine 2 while the ability to buy separate single plugin has been closed. Previously the separate plugin was available to buy for $100 each while the bundle of all the plugins was priced at $499.

According to dpreview connect, the change in the latest release of Nik Collection is not more than the Google branding and the all-in-one installer. The price drop is an obvious. Also Google is offering to give away the full collection free-of-cost to the customers who bought any individual plugin within the last five years. If you have have spent more than $149 on plugins since February 22nd, 2013 you will be refunded the difference.

If you are an interested photographer and/or belongs to graphic creativity, you can get the bundle from Nik Software. The trial option is also available which gives you the 15 days to try the software.

System Requirements and Compatibility

As provided by the Nik Software.

Macintosh:

  • Mac® OS 10.6.8 through 10.8
  • Intel processor
  • 2GB of RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 (CS5 for HDR Efex Pro 2) through CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 11
    (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 4
  • Apple® Aperture® 3.1 or later
  • 32-bit and 64-bit Compatible (HDR Efex Pro 2 is only compatible with 64-bit systems)
  • For GPU acceleration, an Open GL 3.0 compatible graphics card such as the cards listed below.
    If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used.

Windows:

  • Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • AMD® or Intel® processor
  • 2GB of RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 11
    (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements)
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 4
  • 32-bit and 64-bit Compatible
  • For GPU acceleration, an Open GL 3.0 compatible graphics card such as the cards listed below.
    If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used.
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