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From: PeterN <"peter,newdelete"@deleteverizon.net>
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Subject: Re: NIK rises from the dead
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:57:09 -0400
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On 10/26/2017 11:26 AM, Tony Cooper wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:29:56 -0400, PeterN
> <"peter,newdelete"@deleteverizon.net> wrote:
> 
>> On 10/26/2017 3:34 AM, Savageduck wrote:
>>> On Oct 25, 2017, Tony Cooper wrote
>>> (in article<2kn2vc5tpkdm0tus82ipm2r16ho4vman87@4ax.com>):
>>>
>>>> DxO has purchased NIK and will continue development.
>>>>
>>>> https://petapixel.com/2017/10/25/dxo-buys-nik-collection-google-will...
>>>> 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.
> 
> Free isn't bad, either.
> 

I have been told that most of the plug in functions can be done in PS, 
without plugins.

-- 
PeterN