Summary – Yesterday (10/29/13) Google announced a major new “Efex-team” player addition to its existing lineup of Color, Silver & HDR – Analog Efex Pro (AEP). AEP is from a different “league”. Prior team members performed necessary photography functions. AEP does one thing & that thing isn’t essential – it converts images to an old film-era look, joining the already crowded field of faux-vintage-image players. Is it needed? No. Is it fun to play around with? Yes. You can even build your own custom vintage camera. It’s a free upgrade so no harm, no foul.
Analog Efex Pro – Observations by Yours Truly
Why would I want to do this to a perfectly good image? 😦
Roll mouse over for an AEP example
I didn’t “intentionally” try to make AEP look bad
Simply used a canned preset AEP recipe
Then again, some may like this
Certainly saves money buying expensive equipment 😉
My personal opinion on AEP
Could I personally do without
1. Color Efex Pro? No
2. Silver Efex Pro? No
3. HDR Efex Pro? Yes, 99.9% of the time
4. Analog Efex Pro? Yes, 100% of the time
Vintage effects aren’t my thing 😉
But – that’s just me
Based on my blog’s recent faux-vintage usage survey
Only 15% see room for yet-another such program
So – maybe it’s more than just me
There’s a reason the collection’s programs were
Developed in the 1-4 order shown above
Photo restoration service is a well-established business Also, colorizing & otherwise modernizing old images
(interesting article with many historical image examples)
Analog Efex Pro seems to be swimming against the tide
Adding yet another tool for intentionally degrading images
IMO Google resources should have been used to
Improve the existing functionality
Something that actually benefits all users
Not just providing a small minority a new toy
Note – “announced” does not mean “released”
AEP isn’t available to the public yet
When there’s more news I’ll try to let you know
In the interim I’ll sprinkle some
Additional info about AEP & more examples
(as soon as I find out what info is releasable)
[Update – apparently AEP is released. They just didn’t tell the testers. In light of still on-going test issues with AEP, I mistakenly thought this was a pre-announcement. Mea culpa.
Since Google updates their products automatically, you should see a new release of the Nik Collection – including AEP – on your system shortly if not already. Would someone please leave a comment here when that happens. Thanks.]
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