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06/11/2019 04:21:57 AM · #1
I see there is a new version of Nik Efex available - looks like there are a load of new presets. Anyone tried it yet?

https://nikcollection.dxo.com/release-notes-2
06/11/2019 12:19:08 PM · #2
I have it. $39.00 upgrade for the moment. The changes they have made to it really aren't especially significant for those of us who are diehard PS/LR users. The presets are nice, but... The reason *I* bought it is I travel with a very hi-resolution laptop and the previous version didn't understand that, so my NIK tools displayed with literally microscopic type and I couldn't find a way to change that. I trialed the new version, and the tools display at a nominal size now, so I snapped it up.

The other thing NIK does now is integrate directly into DxO Photolab 2, a very nice, powerful RAW processing engine. When you buy the upgrade, they will download you a lite version of Photolab 2. I already HAVE the full version, so I'm integrated into that, but I have not been in the habit of using it before now. In theory, if I process my RAWS through Photolab I can now use u-point technology and al the NIK tools on RAW files. I'll give it a try sometime :-)
06/12/2019 02:36:35 AM · #3
I wonder if it will work with Aperture. I still have switched not LR, not do I feel inclined to.
06/12/2019 03:15:01 AM · #4
From their description not much has changed? Just few more presets? I haven't tried it but I thought the change was too minimal. I absolutely love LR and used it since version 1 so no interest in Photolab. I am also suspecting that they got NIK to use it as marketing tool for selling Photolab :(
06/12/2019 03:58:02 AM · #5
Thanks Robert. That is interesting to hear. I am quite lazy so love a good preset and with some extra stability and the discount I am quite tempted.
06/12/2019 09:20:00 AM · #6
I would be interested in your DxO Photolab / Nik impressions if you get time to investigate that, Robert. I have been having a lot of Photoshop crashes -- especially with the Nik tools. I installed the trial of the new Nik tools hoping it would provide relief. Unfortunately, it did not.

I may revert to an earlier PS to see if I can get some stability.
06/12/2019 12:00:23 PM · #7
I bit the bullet as seemed worth the money to me. It installed with Photoshop 2019 on Windows 10 without any problems and seems to work perfectly. I really like the new presets too. I watched a video that reviewed it and that convinced me. Funny thing is I realised I had only been using the 7 or so Classic presets in Analog and now realise there were a load of other categories - not sure how I missed them.

It was about £41.60 in the UK if you are VAT registered.
06/12/2019 03:02:19 PM · #8
Originally posted by markwiley:

I would be interested in your DxO Photolab / Nik impressions if you get time to investigate that, Robert. I have been having a lot of Photoshop crashes -- especially with the Nik tools. I installed the trial of the new Nik tools hoping it would provide relief. Unfortunately, it did not.

I may revert to an earlier PS to see if I can get some stability.

I quite like DxO Photolab, I've had a couple generations of it. It's a very efficient RAW processing engine, and now the integration of the Nik tools directly into it only make it more attractive. But I am used to LR, so I keep falling back on that. Incidentally, you can now call up Photolab FROM the LR interface, which is what I will experiment with.
06/13/2019 10:51:15 PM · #9
Would anyone know if the new version is compatible with recent versions of Corel Paint shop pro?
06/13/2019 11:16:40 PM · #10
Does photolab handle highlights as well as LR?
06/14/2019 12:09:22 PM · #11
Originally posted by tanguera:

Does photolab handle highlights as well as LR?

Seems to.
06/14/2019 01:00:19 PM · #12
where did you see upgrade for $39? for me it shows $59.

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I have it. $39.00 upgrade for the moment. The changes they have made to it really aren't especially significant for those of us who are diehard PS/LR users. The presets are nice, but... The reason *I* bought it is I travel with a very hi-resolution laptop and the previous version didn't understand that, so my NIK tools displayed with literally microscopic type and I couldn't find a way to change that. I trialed the new version, and the tools display at a nominal size now, so I snapped it up.

The other thing NIK does now is integrate directly into DxO Photolab 2, a very nice, powerful RAW processing engine. When you buy the upgrade, they will download you a lite version of Photolab 2. I already HAVE the full version, so I'm integrated into that, but I have not been in the habit of using it before now. In theory, if I process my RAWS through Photolab I can now use u-point technology and al the NIK tools on RAW files. I'll give it a try sometime :-)
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