Google has now announced that they will no longer levy charges on Nik Collection, a set of photography tools aimed at professionals in the imaging industry. Nik Collection is apparently a set of seven desktop plug-ins which previously used to retail at a price of $149 (Rs 9,685 approx.)
The Search Engine giant led by Indian-origin CEO Sundar Pichai bought the German company Nik recently only to announce that its services are now available for free. Apparently the company's plan to integrate the Nik Collection plug-in into its Mobile Editing App Snapseed was the main motive behind this acquisition.
"Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we've decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it," stated Google in their official blog post.
The Nik Collection comprised of seven desktop plug-ins namely Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro. Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, Sharpner Pro and Dfine that provide a power range of photo-editing capabilities. These include filter applications that can improve color correction to retouch and creative effect options. Apart from that one can also sharpen images bring out the hidden details and make adjustments to the colour and the tonality of the images.
Google has also announced that they will be rolling down full refunds to users who have bought the Nik Collection plug-in in 2016. The refunds will be rolled over to respective users in the coming few days.