Google buys Nik Software, makers of iOS photo app Snapseed, winner of Apple’s 2011 ‘iPad App of the Year’ award

“Google has agreed to acquire Nik Software, the German developer of photography app Snapseed, for an undisclosed amount,” Ellis Hamburger reports for The Verge. “Sources close to the deal tell The Verge that while Nik Software produces all sorts of apps for photographers like Color Efex Pro and Dfine for Mac and Windows, iOS app Snapseed was the golden egg in the acquisition.”

“The $4.99 app won Apple’s coveted iPad App Of The Year award in 2011 for its inventive multitouch photo editing interface, and gaine[d] over nine million users during its first year on sale,” Hamburger reports. “Nik Software also sells Snapseed for Mac and Windows, and the company is apparently working on an Android app as well.”

Hamburger reports, “Snapseed is no Instagram in terms of popularity, but the two apps’ use of filters and various means of manipulating images serve a similar purpose.”

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MacDailyNews Take: And another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust…

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]

Related article:
Snapseed, the 2011 iPad App of the Year, currently free in App Store – February 14, 2012


    1. … Google can do something evil to a program you loaded before they became involved? I don’t trust Google, either. But, unless you update your installed program, what changes can they make to your installed program that would offend you? Yes, you give up the ability to update. So?

      1. So the day comes when your non-updatable plugins don’t work with the latest version of Photoshop and Lightroom anymore. Then you’re either stuck with an outdated version of Photoshop/Lightroom or you throw your expensive plugins away. Neither option is very appealing.

  1. NIK is one of the real heavy hitters in the Photoshop plugin arena. My guess is that NIK’s high-end products will languish while Google is busy exploiting Snapseed for the camera phone crowd. Too bad for NIK and too bad for Photoshop users.

    1. Here’s hoping the purchase agreement allows the developers to move on and do other things, or limited the acquisition to Snapseed, allowing the developers to restart with continued development of Nik’s great plugins (I use them with Aperture).

    2. I have the complete set of NIK PS plugins and together they cost as much as PS does. If Google treats the “pro” part of its NIK acquisition like Apple treats its pro users, a lot of people are going to be screwed, including me.

      And then, of course, there’s the bad, bad, fact that Google is the owner.

      1. Nik Software and OnOne Software’s PhotoTools are terrific, but they’re just way too expensive. I already had made a difficult decision to stop upgrading them, and didn’t upgrade to the most recent versions. This development makes me glad I made that decision on the Nik products, because I already truly disliked all things Google.

  2. This is devastating news – made worse by the fact that mis-read the title thinking APPLE had bought them.

    Fantastic plugins and even the iOS app – out of the 50 photo editing apps I own Snapseed is by far the best n easiest to use.

    I won’t be updating any Nik software from now on

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