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Jul 17, 2017 00:12 |  #1

Google assimilated Nik plugins and then promptly (according to some) took a dump on it.

Matt Kloskowski provides a free "NIK is dead" survival guide built around ON1.

http://mattk.com …ival-guide-switching-on1/ (external link)


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Jul 17, 2017 08:48 |  #2

Consider the Luminar, Aurora, and the Creative Kit apps from Macphun. Most of the talent from old Nik when to Macphun. Macphun just released a free beta of Luminar for Windows. Mcaphun is building a DAM for Luminar that is supposed to be out by end of year. Their goal is to give Lr and Aperture uses an new choice. Using Luminar as host, you can send images from it to Aurora and back or to and from the Creative Kit apps.




  
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Jul 17, 2017 19:19 |  #3

Yea,sorta' weird. Everybody's joining the fray. Affinity, the new ON1 RAW product, Topaz, Macphun. And google dumped Nik. Either they escaped a deepening glut, or they misread the future tea leaves.

Problem is. The Macphun Creative Kit - which would be the closest to replace the Nik filters - is currently Mac only.


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Jul 17, 2017 21:06 |  #4

Not a problem at all, if you have a Mac. ;-)a

Seriously, they have said they plan to port Aurora to Windows. But no such commitment for CK apps.




  
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Jul 18, 2017 01:13 |  #5

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #18404398 (external link)
Yea,sorta' weird. Everybody's joining the fray. Affinity, the new ON1 RAW product, Topaz, Macphun. And google dumped Nik. Either they escaped a deepening glut, or they misread the future tea leaves.

Most likely is option 3:

NIK had intellectual property (patents or just codebase) Google wanted to assimilate into their mobile products. They bought NIK because it was cheaper than developing it themselves or licensing it from NIK. Once they had what they wanted, they dumped the desktop software because they never wanted to be in the desktop image editing software market in the first place.




  
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Jul 18, 2017 08:03 |  #6

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Most likely is option 3:

NIK had intellectual property (patents or just codebase) Google wanted to assimilate into their mobile products. They bought NIK because it was cheaper than developing it themselves or licensing it from NIK. Once they had what they wanted, they dumped the desktop software because they never wanted to be in the desktop image editing software market in the first place.

So, considering the fact that google stands for nothing but good and not evil like some think ( ;-)a ), why not allow the desktop gui to be once again developed and offered - such as with a developer or even open source? I mean, come on... be honest... couldn't google could use a little good PR now and then? Amazon seems to get it (trying to put on a good public face), why doesn't google?


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Jul 18, 2017 11:09 |  #7

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #18404759 (external link)
So, considering the fact that google stands for nothing but good and not evil like some think ( ;-)a ), why not allow the desktop gui to be once again developed and offered - such as with a developer or even open source? I mean, come on... be honest... couldn't google could use a little good PR now and then? Amazon seems to get it (trying to put on a good public face), why doesn't google?

There's significant liability. If it sucks, they get blamed, basically, even if they opensource it. There's nothing but downsides to them to letting NIK continue to live.

You have to remember that you and I aren't Google's customers we are their product. All of Google's offerings are ways to package us up and sell us to advertisers. If a product doesn't create a way to package us effectively and sell us profitably, they kill it. Because we're not their customers, they don't give a damn what we think of them. Our opinions and feelings have no impact on their bottom line so there's no reason for them to try to chase good PR.




  
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