Photographers of the world rejoice! DxO, the French company behind the highly influential DxOMark ratings, has acquired Nik Software and its entire collection of photo editing plugins which we have come to know and love.
“We’re thrilled to have DxO, a company dedicated to high-quality photography solutions, acquire and continue to develop [Nik Collection].”-Google Engineering Director Aravind Krishnaswamy
This comes just months after Google, Nik’s previous owner, announced they would cease updating the Nik Collection for newer versions of Adobe, essentially leaving it for dead. Disappointing as this news was, many saw it in the tea leaves as in the previous months Google had reduced its price from $500, to $149, to free. While DxO has yet to comment on price concerns, they have pledged to update the collection in 2018.
“DxO revolutionized the image processing market many times over the years with its innovative solutions, and we will continue to do so with Nik’s tools, which offer new creative opportunities to millions of photographers.” -DxO Founder and CEO Jérôme Ménière
Further, DxO hasn’t waited to incorporate Nik’s technology into its own, adding Nik’s U Point technology to its newly-renamed DxO Photo Lab (formerly DxO OpticsPro). This latter software currently retails for $129, although it will be discounted by $30 until the end of November. Meanwhile, the entire Nik Collection can be downloaded for free, here, simply by providing an email address.