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    Announcement from Google/Nik today.

    www.google.com/nikcollection
    Margaret

    my Website ; my Flickr ; my Facebook

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    Thanks for the heads up. I have Nik collection and highly recommend it.. Silver FX Pro and Dfine are particularly good.

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    • #3
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      Thanks downloading now.........

      Steve
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/smj41/

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      • #4
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        Great pieces of software, I use all the time. Sounds like it's the end of the line for it though, which is a shame.

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        • #5
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          Great news - just so long as they continue to make it available.
          John

          "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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          • #6
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            good to have; I got the last free offer a few years ago and although I don't use it much it's handy to have

            Vivexa is good selecting colours; way ahead of PS/LR imo

            Photos by Ian Browne on Facebook

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            • #7
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              Yeah, they've done nothing at all with it since they bought Nik, despite all the platitudes they came out with at the time of the original sale.

              All they wanted was Snapseed, and presumably their business model indicates there's not enough money to be made from the 'professional' editing market to make ongoing technical development worthwhile.

              Snapseed also uses the wonderful control point technology, so we won't be seeing that applied anything suitable for our use.

              On with the motley...
              Regards,
              Mark

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              http://www.microcontrast.com
              Too much Oly gear.
              Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15, 35-100, Laowa 7.5.
              Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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              • #8
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                Always thought it might become a dead duck - it is now.
                Steve

                on flickr

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Ricoh View Post
                  Always thought it might become a dead duck - it is now.
                  Well it's not suddenly going to stop working!

                  My camera club friends speak highly of Topaz, which has probably now left it behind: they say it's much less likely to produce edge artefacts which need time-consuming cloning.

                  Over the next 6 months I'll take stock and replace it at some stage. There may be elements of the suite which are worth keeping longer, of course.
                  Regards,
                  Mark

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                  http://www.microcontrast.com
                  Too much Oly gear.
                  Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15, 35-100, Laowa 7.5.
                  Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                  • #10
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                    I've seen demos of Topaz software at the photo show over the last few years and it certainly seems very slick to me. At 140 quid for the full suite though it's a bit pricy. Even so after the demos each time i've been very tempted. Resisted though so far.
                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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                    • #11
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                      Personally I really like the control point operation of Nik and one learns how to refine the selections and it becomes like second nature.

                      Anyone know if the Topaz apps can be used stand-alone? I had a quick look around their site and it wasn't obvious...
                      Regards,
                      Mark

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                      http://www.microcontrast.com
                      Too much Oly gear.
                      Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15, 35-100, Laowa 7.5.
                      Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by drmarkf View Post
                        Personally I really like the control point operation of Nik and one learns how to refine the selections and it becomes like second nature.

                        Anyone know if the Topaz apps can be used stand-alone? I had a quick look around their site and it wasn't obvious...
                        Certain of the Topaz apps can be run stand-alone, such as Texture Effects, DeNoise, Remask and Glow. Some, I think can not, but couldn't tell you which. They do however also do their own PhotoFXLab 'umbrella' program, which runs all their others within that interface.

                        Don't ever pay full price for a Topaz app ... check their website or FB page, and there's always some money-off offer on for one app or another; and if you register and 'attend' one of their webinars on the app you fancy, there's usually a code given out at the end for 15% off.
                        Margaret

                        my Website ; my Flickr ; my Facebook

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                        • #13
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                          Thanks, Margaret.

                          Can they all be run under PS Elements? That would do me, I suspect.

                          BTW jason Odell has reduced the price of his excellent software guides to the Nik collection: http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog...llection-free/
                          Regards,
                          Mark

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                          http://www.microcontrast.com
                          Too much Oly gear.
                          Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15, 35-100, Laowa 7.5.
                          Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by drmarkf View Post
                            Well it's not suddenly going to stop working!
                            Of course not, I meant the NIK suite is entering a cul-de-sac, as it were, sounds as though Google have lost any interest in commercial gain from the product. The rest is obvious.
                            Steve

                            on flickr

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                            • #15
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                              sort of forgot I do use Nik efex hdr when I do hdr which is not often even though I often use bracketing. I will quite often use the program to merge only and then finish editing in LR. There are times I might even manual merge an original file and the hdr file in ps so not to have an hdr look.

                              Nik Silver Efex pro
                              the big drama with more and more programs on the computer is the time needed to learn how use all programs or even parts of the program. I really feel we are often better off by learning more about just one program; such as LR/PS/PSE/Paint and learn how to make it do as we want and need. I read that most of us only know and understand a small amount of the potential in the programs we have. More programs really adds more choices and therefore more confusion
                              I now find I can do most B+W pics easier in LR now; because I understand it better.

                              That's not to say I don't use Nik programs. However I could live with them even though they are great for some special edits or part of the overall editing



                              And lately I have been wishing for the old days of sending film to be developed and accepting the photos I was sent back. And occasionally getting that special customize print made. It's all getting too complicated these days now I understand more about photography and what is and is not a good photograph

                              Photos by Ian Browne on Facebook

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