In one of the best pieces of news we’ve heard this year, DxO has announced it has acquired the Nik Collection and plans to “continue to develop the Collection for the benefit of the photographer community”. “The Nik Collection gives photographers tools to create photos they absolutely love,” says Aravind Krishnaswamy, an Engineering Director with Google. “We’re thrilled to have DxO, a company dedicated to high-quality photography solutions, acquire and continue to develop it.”

The Nik Collection will continue to be available for download and is still free, but it has been moved from Google’s site to this new DxO Nik Collection download page. DxO says it plans to develop a new Nik Collection 2018 Edition in mid-2018. There’s no word yet on whether it will continue to be free, but I hope to publish an exclusive Q&A with DxO’s product manager shortly.

In the meantime, DxO has incorporated the Nik U-point local adjustment technology into its other shock announcement of the day – DxO PhotoLab.

This is the new name for DxO Optics Pro, and at first glance DxO PhotoLab looks very similar to its predecessor, but with the introduction of Brush, Graduated Filter, Control Point, Auto Mask and Eraser local adjustment tools. We’ll publish an early review of this new software just as soon as I’ve spent a bit more time with it.