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Google Nik Collection adds Analog Efex Pro Module

Lupo Lobo , Oct 31, 2013; 01:37 a.m.

Here is some information on Analog Efex Pro from Nik ...

It is supposed to automagically download and install if you had previously purchased the Nik Collection. I haven't received the update yet but it seems interesting and I look forward to it.


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Howard Owen , Oct 31, 2013; 05:03 a.m.

I received it and I'm not entirely happy. I'm glad Nik is showing signs of life, but I'm much less thrilled about having nearly a Gig of data dropped on me without an OK on my part. I have a metered internet connection and unexpected, huge downloads are most assuredly not welcome.

Howard M , Oct 31, 2013; 06:53 a.m.

a number of people have reported issues..........


Bruce MacPhail , Oct 31, 2013; 10:01 a.m.

I was the one who started that thread at FM , and my Photoshop is still down, no startup at all.

Charles Becker , Oct 31, 2013; 10:25 a.m.

It's working for me on Photoshop Elements 12 but I have 2 issues; (1) Color Efex Pro 4 works if I open an image directly in it but not through Elements and (2) although Elements does not support HDR Efex Pro 2, I am unable to open an image directly in HDR Efex Pro 2 and it seems to me that I was able to previously. I'm on a Mac. cb

Glenn McCreery , Oct 31, 2013; 11:44 a.m.

I use Photoshop CS5, Aperture, and the Nik collection on my Mac Pro computer, which is still running OS 10.6.8. The Nik software has not been updated. I check software updates before installing, rather than use automatic updates. I updated to OS 10.9 on my laptop, which runs Aperture (now version 3.5; earlier versions do not run on OS 10.9), but not Photoshop or Nik software. I have been considering updating my Mac Pro OS, but will hold off based on this discussion. I keep hoping that Apple will introduce an updated version of Aperture (4.0?) that will catch up to Lightroom. If they do, I will probably have no choice but to update the OS. As it stands, I am not missing anything significant for photo editing and printing by sticking with OS 10.6.8.

Len Dubenko , Oct 31, 2013; 12:51 p.m.

Why is HDR Efex Pro 2 not compatible with Photoshop Elements or Capture NX 2?

HDR Efex Pro 2 is not compatible with Photoshop Elements or Capture NX 2. Neither application is able to support 32-bit images, which is a requirement for HDR imaging.

Joseph Panico , Oct 31, 2013; 02:06 p.m.

I received the update: opens in Lightroom 5 without any issues. I also successfully opened from Nikon NX2. (Windows 7 Professional 64 bit machine )

NIK made a separate Color Effects for Capture NX2 which works from within NX2. As for the others there is a round about way - no, not the traffic control things in you street - to sent file from NX2 to Nik applications (Lightroom versions of Nik collections at least; instructions for Windows)
From NX2:
1) Edit -> Preferences -> General
2) In Preferences, top selection, "Open Application With" -> Click Browse
3) Click Google -> Open
Nik Collection -> Open
HDR Effects Pro 2 (or others) -> Open
4) Mine opens displaying two items; a folder for the 64 bit and an application which I assume is the 32 bit
5) Either open the folder for the 64 bit Application & choose or select the other 32 bit application (from Step4)

From Capture NX2
1) Click File -> Open With

After a few seconds the Nik application should open. Sometimes I shrink the NX2 window. Also, sometimes I've needed to save the image from within Capture NX2 before an image would open.

When finished in Nik application click Save. The image file returns as TIFF file so make sure the browser displays TIFFs. Obviously if you want to use several NIK applications from Capture NX2 then you need to repeat the steps above for each one.
Hmmm ... maybe those traffic round about things are less of a pain.

ralph oshiro , Nov 01, 2013; 09:44 p.m.

Hey, Lupo! Thanks for the head's-up on the Analog Efex upgrade! My iMac wasn't upgraded since I always put it to sleep when it's not in use. So I left my iMac on all day today, and when I got home--voila! The automatic Google Nik update happened! Analog Efex Pro now appears in my Aperture plug-ins drop-down menu, without me doing a thing. I thought it would download a new .DMG, and I would just toss that onto a USB thumbdrive, and install it on my MacBook Pro. But, no!

There's nothing visible in the downloads folder in the iMac that received the automatic upgrade, so I don't see any manual way to get the upgrade onto the second computer. Does anyone know if the automatic update will upgrade a second computer, one that wasn't originally used for the initial paid Google Nik Collection download? Unfortunately, I didn't leave my laptop on all day with Aperture closed, so I'll have to see if it updates by sometime tomorrow.

ralph oshiro , Nov 01, 2013; 11:36 p.m.

Although you could've possibly inferred the procedure published below by another user from Nik's own troubleshooting FAQ, where Nik states:

What if my computer is not connected to the internet?

Simply download the Nik Collection trial at www.google.com/nikcollection from a separate computer that is connected to the internet. Use a disk or external hard drive to move the downloaded installer file from the connected computer to your editing computer. Then, double-click on the file to run the installer. --Google Nik Collection FAQ

A user named Hanif Barnwell, commenting on another site, elaborated that:

To install the new Nik Collection upgrade, if you own the Nik Collection by Google, you can download the trial version in our website and install on top of your current version. Please, do not uninstall your Nik Collection.

When the download is complete, locate the file on your computer, make sure to quit out of any host image editing application such as Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture, double-click on the installer and follow the onscreen instructions.

The trial version will upgrade your Nik Collection with the latest updates and will be activated. --Hanif Barnwell

This does in fact, work. I believe I just successfully updated my second computer via this method (downloading and installing a new "demo" version of the Nik Collection over my existing Nik Collection plug-ins), and my existing Nik license still appears to be intact. Analog Efex now appears in my Aperture plug-ins drop-down menu.

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