Hi, David! I downloaded the set. I don't use Photoshop or Lightroom,
and Capture One (my Raw processor) is not compatible with PS plugins. I
also couldn't get it to work with Irfanview, which is compatible with
some PS plugins (it works with Focus Magic, for example). I got the
Silver Efex plugin to appear in the appropriate Irfanview "Effects"
menu, but it crashed while loading an image file.
But I was still able to try it. In Windows 7 (and I suspect later versions), you will find the PS plugins and corresponding standalone.exe files in C:\Program Files\Google\Nik Collection\(program name). For example, under Silver Efex Pro 2, there are three files, an 8-bit (.8bf) and 64-bit Photoshop plugin, plus an .exe file. Right click on it and create a shortcut for the .exe file somewhere you have easy access (such as your desktop). You can then drag and drop an image file on the icon, and it will open in the Nik program. I tried Silver Efex Pro 2 briefly. The effects seem too strong right out of the box, but judiciously applied, it looks like a useful tool.
Of course it would be better to be able to use the Nik plugins within GIMP if you can. Usually installing a PS plugin in a program involves copying the .8bf file to the folder where the main program puts its installed plugins. Then you can pick it from a menu within the program. This is what I tried in Irfanview. But there are evidently a couple of standards for plugins, and Irfanview only knows about an early/simpler one. Maybe GIMP is better at this.
If anyone else has any tips for us Adobephobes, please tell. :-)
David Young wrote:
> Good Mornign, Alex and Akhil!
> There seems to be some confusion about the NIK collection. It is, indeed,
> free. And will continue to be free. Apparently Google wanted (and bought)
> SNAPSEED and got the NIK collection in the process.
> Some folks seem to believe that Google will stop developing NIK, and it may be
> true. But, OTOH, Google has surprised us, many times before! It seems that
> the internals of SNAPSEED and NIK are quite similar, and since they do intend
> to continue development of SNAPSEED, they may well continue to develop NIK.
> Me? I'm sill working on how to use PS plugins with GIMP! I"d love to try the
> NIK Collection.
> Just in case list members have not already heard, Google is making available
> its Nik Software bundle as a free download.
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