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p.1 #1 · Nik acquired by Google


Sorry if this is old news but I just received a newsletter from Nik software that they have been acquired by Google.
We're in for some changes I guess for better or for worse.

Gene



Oct 06, 2012 at 01:47 AM
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p.1 #2 · Nik acquired by Google


Cool


Oct 06, 2012 at 02:09 AM
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They claim that they are committed to keep developing and supporting their photo suites so if all is to be believed then there should be no danger of Silver Efex, Color Efex etc.. Going away.

brad



Oct 06, 2012 at 02:15 AM
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DigMeTX wrote:
They claim that they are committed to keep developing and supporting their photo suites so if all is to be believed then there should be no danger of Silver Efex, Color Efex etc.. Going away.

brad


Well, that's for now anyway



Oct 06, 2012 at 02:21 AM
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We shall see how this pans out. I would be mostly interested in Capture Nx2 future support and releases


Oct 06, 2012 at 03:13 AM
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p.1 #6 · Nik acquired by Google


The announcement.

Last month, Google's Senior VP, Engineering Vic Gundotra announced the acquisition of Nik Software with this post on his Google + page:

"Today I'm excited to welcome Nik Software to the Google family! We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone."

In a subsequent post, Gundotra confirmed his support for our professional tools:

"I also want to make something clear: we're going to continue offering and improving Nik's high-end tools and plug-ins. Professionals across the globe use Nik to create the perfect moment in their photographs, and we care deeply about their artistry. Together with Nik, we'll continue to put 'photography first'."

Here at Nik, we've always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone. Now with Google's support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.

Service and support for Nik's plug-ins will continue to be provided by the same representatives that have been previously serving you. For questions and support, please click here.



Oct 06, 2012 at 03:52 AM
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p.1 #7 · Nik acquired by Google


Sounds great.


Oct 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
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The last example of Google buying a retail software company I know of was the purchase of SketchUp, a 3D modeling program. They needed a part of the technology for Goggle Earth and it was probably cheaper to buy the company than to endlessly pay for license rights. Development continued, the price of the pro version came down, and a feature rich freeware version was released. So overall, the consumer came out ahead. The business model worked out well, too, because during their stewardship of SketchUp, it became a mainstream architectural modeling tool. It was not previously.

I'm guessing Nik was purchased for similar reasons. Hopefully the outcome will be similar as well.







Oct 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
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p.1 #9 · Nik acquired by Google


Betcha they buy Smugmug or Zenfolio. Either would be a perfect tie-in.


Oct 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
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Bruce Sawle wrote:
We shall see how this pans out. I would be mostly interested in Capture Nx2 future support and releases


I may be wrong, but I don't believe that Nik has control over any of the NX2 products. AFAIK, Nikon only used them for a few of the features, like the control point technology, and that they have their own software dept that is continuing development of NX2 and ViewNX. So, this sale shouldn't have any impact, of magnitude, on future releases. How the sale will affect the features that Nik has already done, is not known. IOW, I haven't heard whether or not those features are on a license basis or if Nikon owns them outright.

Kerry



Oct 06, 2012 at 09:23 PM
 

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Kerry Pierce wrote:
I may be wrong, but I don't believe that Nik has control over any of the NX2 products. AFAIK, Nikon only used them for a few of the features, like the control point technology, and that they have their own software dept that is continuing development of NX2 and ViewNX. So, this sale shouldn't have any impact, of magnitude, on future releases. How the sale will affect the features that Nik has already done, is not known. IOW, I haven't heard whether or not those features are on a license basis or if Nikon owns them outright.

Kerry


I agree. Capture NX2 and View NX2 belongs to Nikon. Although Nik Software and Nikon engineers collaborated in creating the software.



Oct 06, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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Elan II wrote:
The last example of Google buying a retail software company I know of was the purchase of SketchUp, a 3D modeling program. They needed a part of the technology for Goggle Earth and it was probably cheaper to buy the company than to endlessly pay for license rights. Development continued, the price of the pro version came down, and a feature rich freeware version was released. So overall, the consumer came out ahead. The business model worked out well, too, because during their stewardship of SketchUp, it became a mainstream architectural modeling tool. It was not previously.

I'm guessing Nik
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Personally I would rather pay for software that will be maintained and advanced than get freeware thst will stagnate over time.



Oct 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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chez wrote:
Personally I would rather pay for software that will be maintained and advanced than get freeware thst will stagnate over time.




It really helps if you understand the subject before commenting on it. Google elevated SketchUp from an obscure program with moderate market share, to the number modeling program on the market and the current standard everyone follows. A major piece of their marketing approach was to release a highly functional freeware version so building owners, interior designers, contractors and everyone else involved in a project are able to use it to view, walk through, change and annotate the design. This, the pro version price reduction and good development resulted in the program's market share increasing easily 100x from where it was when taken over by google.

Generally speaking, getting taken over by Google means the operation will be enhanced with top people, 1st class management and unlimited resources.








Oct 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
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Elan II wrote:
A major piece of their marketing approach was to release a highly functional freeware version so building owners, interior designers, contractors and everyone else involved in a project are able to use it to view, walk through, change and annotate the design.


FWIW, there's already an industry standard in that regard: Autodesk Revit.

(edit) On the subject, given that Nik didn't continue to support NX2 with any plug-ins after Color Efex Pro 3, I doubt this acquisition is going to change anything for those of us who like using Capture. I do hope Nikon gets its software act together and gives us a well-executed NX3. After all, Nikon is using a proprietary RAW format, so it follows they should have the most powerful avenue to really show off what their technology is capable of.


Edited on Oct 08, 2012 at 12:41 AM · View previous versions



Oct 07, 2012 at 09:09 PM
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p.1 #15 · Nik acquired by Google


chez is correct.....



Oct 08, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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Elan II wrote:
Generally speaking, getting taken over by Google means the operation will be enhanced with top people, 1st class management and unlimited resources.



Many companies - like SageTV - have been shutdown / shuttered / no longer functioning. Took the skills/resources/technology - and left the customers in the dirt. I for one - do not believe there will be good things for us consumers from Nik in the future.

Sorry - I have been burnt twice now - waiting for the third time.




Oct 08, 2012 at 03:05 AM
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Hey, it could have been worse, they could have been bought by microsoft...





Generally, Google taking over means only good things



Oct 08, 2012 at 08:14 AM
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p.1 #18 · Nik acquired by Google


Awesome! I can't wait for the new features like the one where you sharpen the picture and better targeted adds pop on my screen while the image is added to googles intellectual property to improve google earth for all of personkind.


Oct 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
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p.1 #19 · Nik acquired by Google


Does this mean my Nik "effex" software will now have ads in them?


Oct 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM
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My bet is the features will be included in Piccasa 3,4,5

I use P3 plus PS. P3 saves my raws with reversible changes and it's quick and upgraded seamlessly.

That said I just bought the plug in for CS6

Rags



Oct 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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