In case you missed this, it’s now official.  The Nik suite of plug-ins will not be developed in the future.  From the banner at the top of the Nik website:

“We have no plans to update the Collection of add new features over time.”

The collection is still free to download and use, but the real question is about compatibility in the future, with either Photoshop/Lightroom upgrades or changes in Windows and Mac core OS versions.


  1. ANTONIO BIGGIO June 22, 2017 at 11:31 am #

    Very bad news. I bought the collection years ago when it cost very much (about 500 euros) but i still think that also in these days is the best plug in ever. I hope for the long compatibility.

  2. Paul McKenney June 25, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    When I first read tit was a photo dark day. I have used Niks daily for several years. Is there a viable alternative?

  3. Dennis Kowalewski June 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    I do all my processing in Lightroom 6 and finishing touches using NIK. Not sure if LR 6 can do all that NIK does in Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro, the two main NIK s/w packages I use. Love the fact that NIK filters are so easy to apply.

    Would like to know if you have any recommendations for 3rd party software just in case NIK does not work with future iOS updates or LR updates. Thanks.

    • John June 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

      I don’t know of any alternative software…and I haven’t tried any of the other plugins such as the Topaz one. FYI, I’m running Windows 10 and the latest Photoshop/Lightroom CC. I have the Nik suite installed, but really only use dFine (via Photoshop) as needed.

  4. Patrick McMillan June 28, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    I use CC now but never got around to uninstalling CS5. Perhaps it might come in handy someday.

  5. Dennis Kowalewski June 29, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    Thanks John. I’ve been looking around on the internet at other Photo Editing s/w. ON1 looks pretty good and can be used as a plugin with LR or standalone. Has many filters. Will have to give the 30 day free trial a spin. That along with Topaz and others should do the trick if Windows or iOS upgrades make NIK non functional.