Google automatically updates its software
The user is given no choice in the matter
Chrome is the most well-known case
It applies to all other Google products like Picasa, too
Which brings us to the newly packaged & released
Nik Collection by Google
Nik Silver Efex Pro; sepia toned with selective color
Historic District – Charleston, SC
Many users (most?) of the new Nik Collection aren’t aware
That Google will be automatically updating this software
Without the user’s explicit permission or knowledge
You won’t find a setting that asks “Download automatically?”
It just happens
Google programs “call home” periodically to check for updates
In the case of the Nik Collection, if there’s an update
It will download automatically
BUT – not while the host program (PS, LR, etc.) is running
[UPDATE: read the Comments below for more info]
It may be one thing for freebies like Chrome or Picasa
But $149 programs that pro’s rely on for a living??
This is Google’s first foray into non-free software of this type
They’re applying a one-size-fits-all policy
Should they treat free and pay programs the same?
Do an internet search to see –
This is a concern and problem for many users
There are ways to get around the issue
but not for the faint of heart
Please take this poll
What’s your opinion? In favor or not?
I have an ear at Google (who may not have a voice), but let’s see
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