Hogloff wrote in post #18642000
Yeh, they inherited the bugs...but they also inherited the great functionality...so I don’t buy the notion that the bugs were not created by them...it’s still their issue, not the consumers.
Persinally I would have released a stability version for free to show good will to Nik’s loyal customers and then focus on a release adding new features.
Could you imagine the screaming we would get if Adobe decided to release LR with a couple bug fixes and ask for $49 for it.
If Adobe went out of business and LR became available for free and languished for several years without support until someone picked it up, fixed all the ensuing bugs as operating systems matured, and only charged $50 for it, I wonder whether there would be as many complaints as I've been seeing posted about the NIK Collection. I think most people would just be grateful it was being supported again with the expectation of future updates.
As I've suggested here and on other sites. if you already have an earlier copy of the NIk Collection, free or licensed, that's stable on your computer then hold off until their next release, but there is no need for negativity nor criticism of DXO Labs. The fact that DXO is now supporting the NIK Collection and have initially fixed some bugs and performance issues is a good thing, and a $50 price tag for new users is entirely reasonable. I can add to that my impression, based on playing with the new DXO version, that it seems to load files exported to it somewhat faster then the previous version, but I have no statistics to back that up.
And with regard to your anecdotal example about Adobe and LR, I can imagine that scenario because it happened! The paucity of enhancements between LR 5.7 and LR 6 standalone, for which I paid the $80 or so upgrade price, was very disappointing. LR 6 didn't seem to be much more than a bug fix, support of a few new cameras, and HDR and panarama functionality. I personally got no additional benefit out of Lightroom 6. And many people might recall that there were a number of slow performance issues reported when Lightroom 6 was released, and it was also a debacle when they temporarily changed the import functionality. So using Adobe as an example is probably not a good idea. However I wanted to have the then current LR 6 upgrade in anticipation of LR 7 standalone, which of course never materialized. Do you also believe that Adobe should have given us Lightroom 6 for free or at least at a much reduced upgrade price as a result of the significant lack of new functionality?
By the way, I now use DXO Photolab Elite instead of Lightroom for a variety of reasons unrelated to this topic. I am looking forward to future versions of the NIK Collection being fully integrated into Photolab and being able to provide modifications directly to Raw files, similarly to DXO's Filmpack product.