Nik Software bought by Google

After Facebook bought Instagram

Did Google do this to keep up?

Is this primarily to get Snapseed?

If Snapseed’s export to Facebook option

disappears get suspicious about motives 😉

I hope this makes Nik a stronger company, but

The history of buyouts has me nervous

Recent example –

Corel Buys Bibble (a great RAW converter)

They name it Corel After Shot

They fire the developers

They stop making updates including for new cameras

You buy a new camera & it’s not supported by your converter?? Thanks, Corel.

Please, Google,

Don’t ruin the best imaging software on the planet

We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.

We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.

All our best!

The Nik Software Team


Vic Gundotra of Google had this to say –

Welcome Nik Software!

Today I’m excited to welcome +Nik Software to the Google family! We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone. Check out the examples from some of the world’s greatest photographers, and you’ll see what I mean.

This week we also hit an important milestone–over 400,000,000 people have upgraded to Google+. It was only a year ago that we opened public sign-up, and we couldn’t have imagined that so many people would join in just 12 months. While Google+ is all about creating a better experience across Google, it’s also a destination. And here too, I’m happy to report that we have just crossed 100,000,000 monthly active users on Google+ ( and mobile app).


I sure hope that Bain Capital isn’t involved.  😉

Here’s a follow-up post to make you even more nervous about Google’s intentions.


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7 thoughts on “Nik Software bought by Google

  1. OK that’s the end of all Nik products except snapseed. Shame. Add to your list of disastrous buyouts: Microsoft’s acquisition of iView MediaPro.

  2. … and the World Champion in buying out and messing up: ADOBE

    Another software I liked very much and that´s gone into nowhere: LIGHTZONE

    Concerning NIK – it would be a real desaster if Google-geeks messed it up.
    But there is a little consolation: Todays version of NIK is that good that I can barely imagine how to improve it. So I´ll continue working with the status quo as long as my Mac lasts 😉

    • I agree with your assessment “….NIK is that good” but analogous to Corel’s not keeping a RAW conversion program current with new cameras —- what happens when you get a new version of PS, LR or Aperture? As a Nik beta tester, I can tell you that getting Nik plug-ins and these hosts in sync is a major headache. Upgrade in a year to the latest PS or LR and it’s almost a guarantee that something in your Nik suite will fail if Google “just let’s it ride”.

      I’ve got an idea – all photographers blackball Google search until they promise…. 😉 😉 😉

  3. Important points! That´s where we are hooked like hungry trouts – we are forced to buy the upgrade of the software and change the hardware and upgrade the software and change the hardw…

    Blackballing Google? I take part. The are more reasons than the NIK issue 😉 YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    To become serious again – what about the detour via DNG?

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