Subject: Re: NIK rises from the dead
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Subject: Re: NIK rises from the dead
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:29:56 -0400
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On 10/26/2017 3:34 AM, Savageduck wrote:
> On Oct 25, 2017, Tony Cooper wrote
> (in article<>):
>> DxO has purchased NIK and will continue development.
>> velopment/?mc_cid=54bcc5e002&mc_eid=b307a66a15
> I believe that with this move, and what is happening with many of the various
> plugin, and Adobe alternative developers, 2018 is going to be an interesting
> year. 2018 is going to be the year of the race to provide the photography
> world a standalone DAM replacement for LR6, and there are going to be so many
> contendors it is going to look like a presidential primary.
> As far as NIK truly rising from the dead as a set of image enhancement tools,
> DxO will have to deliver a worthy update/upgrade to surpass what other
> developers in the field have done since Google pulled the development plug.
> In my case, various pieces of the NIK Collection are seldom used today.I will
> watch to see what happens to NIK with a French accent, and I will test it,
> but for the most part I have moved on.
> ColorEfex has been surpassed by On1, Exposure X3, and Luminar.

I have only used On1,

> Viveza cannot match Luminar, or current editions of On1 Photo RAW.

Again, I have only used On1, and Topaz. For a quick and dirty adjustment 
I prefer Viveza.

> Silver Efex Pro has been out done by Exposure X3, Luminar, Tonality, and On1
> (&  I suspect the Topaz stuff).
> HDR Efex Pro was once a benchmark, but no longer. Adobe does a better job
> today with LR-C CC and ACR, but the current best HDR software is
> MacPhun’s(Skylum) Aurora HDR 2018.
> AnalogPro never even got to the level of Exposure X, X2, or X3.
> ...and Define has been left in the shade by MacPhun’s (soon to be SkyLume)
> Noiseless CK and Luminar.
Topaz does a great job, but only on RAW images. I am starting to play 
with DxO again.

Of course that is all opinion. What I like about NIK is the control 
points. With other filters I use masking and blending, which takes much 
longer, but it is more accurate, for me.