Summary – I’m in the process of comparing image processing tools out of concern for where Google is going with the Nik Collection. I’ve decided to compare Nik, OnOne, and Topaz. There are others , but IMO these three are comparable in terms of tools offered and all seem to cover my basic requirements.
Converted this image to B&W
Used two of the three candidates under consideration
Shown are the starting (default) and a custom result for each
Neither is better – just different
Spend enough time & both customs could be made identical
My point? Either is perfectly fine
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Since Google bought Nik over a year ago
They’ve done nothing to improve the Collection except
Lower the price and institute an auto-update
The latter was anything but an improvement
Last week, after a year, they added Analog Efex Pro
Which is of little value to my needs (YMMV)
It is an editing toy, not a tool
Worse – that release caused serious problems for users
Which – over a week later – are still not all resolved
All of this – coupled with the extensive additions to
The Google+ on-line & cloud photography functions
Suggests that Google’s priorities & mine differ greatly
Not suggesting mine are right for Google
Just sayin’ – I’m nervous about my future
As a beta tester for many years for the Nik Collection
The difference between Nik’s interaction with testers then
and Google’s now is day-and-night
Google being in the keep-them-in the-dark camp 😦
SO – Adding this together leads me to conclude that
It’s time to look for a possible fall-back to the Nik Collection
Occasional posts over the next several weeks
Will document what I’ve found
The real problem
What’s the problem with the Nik Collection
Nothing major; I can certainly live with it – for now
So – why the fuss?
It’s my perception of Google’s attitude
Photography for social media takes priority
Lots of signs & evidence for thinking this
This attitude along with Google’s actions (& in-actions)
Suggest that Google improvements to
The “serious pure photography” part of their software
Is unlikely – or don’t hold your breathe
All in all the Nik Collection is a small side line for Nik
The whole desktop Collection could disappear and
Not affect their bottom line
Their business & bottom line is almost entirely
On-line & in the cloud
Not on the computer sitting on your desktop
Haven’t you heard?
Tablets & phones are tomorrow’s PC’s
So why expend resources improving desktop computing?
Not so with their competitors whose survival
Depends on their image processing programs
They continue to evolve & improve and
Are now on an almost equal footing with Nik
In a key area, they are ahead of Nik
Image processing workflow
I’ll discuss this fully in a later post
It’s the deal-maker-breaker for me
Next post – what’s important to me in image post-processing??
Choosing image processing software starts with the answer to this question
My “givens” –
Lightroom (actually ACR) is
Good enough for 99.9% of my RAW conversion needs
PSE, in combination with LR,
Suffices as a host for plug-ins
I have printing and image file management already covered, as well
Question – what processing beyond the above is needed, if any
NOTE – What fits my needs may not fit yours
But my analysis may apply – just with different answers
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