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Nik Software was a software development company established in 1995 and based in San Diego, California. The company developed multiple image editing plug-ins and tools (for digital image processing applications, such as Adobe Photoshop) and Snapseed, a popular image enhancement application for iOS and Android.
In September 2012, Nik Software was acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount. DxO announced on October 25, 2017 the acquisition of Nik Collection from Google and has since continued to develop it.
In 1995 Nik Software (originally Nik Multimedia) was founded by Nils Kokemohr in Hamburg. Nik Software focused on digital photography and graphic design. The Nik Software team developed Nils Efex! and Nils Type Efex! which were a combination of Photoshop actions and textures. In 1999 Michael J Slater joined Nik Software as CEO of the company. He led the company from a small software developer company to becoming a software research and development company.
Nik Software was, until Google's acquisition, a privately held company owned by investors and Nikon, which in 2010 had a 35% stake. Nikon made its investment in 2005. As of 2010, the company had 120 employees — around 40 of whom were located in San Diego where the company was headquartered while the remaining staff (primarily engineering) were based in Germany.
In September 2012, Nik Software was acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount. After acquiring Nik, Google dropped the price of the software from $500 to $150. On March 24, 2016, Google announced that they would make Nik Collection free. Around May 30, 2017, Google announced that they had no plans to update Nik Collection or add new features over time. On October 25, 2017, DxO announced the acquisition of Nik Collection assets from Google.
In 2018, DxO released a new version of Nik Collection and has since released a new version every year. In 2020, it introduced an eighth plug-in as part of Nik Collection 3: Nik Perspective Efex.
Nik Collection is a suite of eight photo editing applications for Windows and macOS. They are predominantly used as plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop but can also be used as plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and DxO PhotoLab. They also function as standalone applications.
The collection comprises the following products:
Nik Color Efex
A large collection of filters focused on manipulating color, tone, and contrast. It is possible to target edits using local adjustments.
Nik Silver Efex
Black and white conversion and editing, offering control over exposure, contrast, structure, tones, grain. It also includes local adjustments and a number of presets that emulate classic film stocks.
Noise reduction, with global and local adjustments
Tools for making a broad range of changes to an image, such as exposure, contrast, structure, color, shadow recovery. Changes can be made globally or targeted using local adjustment tools.
Nik Analog Efex
Simulates vintage, film-era cameras, lenses, and film stocks. It includes effects such as light leaks and textures.
Nik HDR Efex
Image sharpening, either globally or targeted using local adjustment tools. It has a Pre-Sharpener for preparing raw files at the beginning of a workflow, and Output Sharpening designed to prepare images for display.
Nik Perspective Efex
Geometric distortion correction tools to address converging verticals and horizontals through keystoning. It also corrects volume distortion where a subject might appear wider than in reality due to being positioned close to the edge of frame when photographed using a wide-angle lens.
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