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Some thoughts from a long time Photoshop user (since before Adobe acquisition) on the NIK software bundle offer:
I have been through just about all of the PS and LR actions, plugin, filters, etc since Kai, Russell, John, etc. etc. Most of them simply automate that which long time PS jockeys do instinctively. Additionally, Adobe has incorporated much of the good stuff into successive PS iterations over the years.
That said, the NIK bundle is a good deal, and I would encourage everyone here to consider it. It works with Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop.
It is far better in Photoshop, however. In LR, you must convert the image to a tiff or jpeg. In PS you can work on a layer, but, even better, you can work on a smart object (converting the RAW file in CR to a smart object.) Thus you get to see the result of your NIK edits, plus you get to go back to the raw file and change it, without loosing those. NIK has nice interaction with Photoshop brushes and Wacom tablets, as well.
For anyone serious about printing, or about exhibiting images on the web, the NIK Sharpener works quite well. You can apply your own input sharpening, then use NIK Sharpener targeted to the specific output and size you require. Again, it is better in Photoshop, as I have found it easier to resize in PS for the output. For web, just resize in Photoshop. For print, I use Perfect Resize (I have a D700, not enough pixels for an Epson at 360/large prints). Then apply the NIK Sharpener to the resized image.
I have also found Dfine to be the best noise reduction option out there. Don't really use the other NIK apps that often, as I can do most of what they offer in Photoshop myself. But if you don't want to mess with dozens of layer masks, curves, etc. NIK is the way to go.
They are nice people as well, and have some excellent video tutorials at their site. Hope the Google deal does not hurt this aspect.
Any questions, just ask. Not that great a photographer, but I do know this stuff fairly well...