The Excellent Nik Collection 6.3 – Now It’s Complete
What’s New In The Nik Collection 6.3
On Wednesday the 30th August 2023, DxO released the Nik Collection 6.3. Whilst this appears at first to be a minor release in the Nik Collection 6, the changes are significant for two of the applications. Both Nik HDR Efex and Nik Sharpener Pro have changed, migrating them to the new, modern interface shared by other Nik Applications.
With the release of the Nik Collection 6.3, DxO has completed the migration of all Nik Applications to the new interface, ensuring the collection’s longevity. Now all the applications support both Control Point and Control Line Selections, together with the other features DxO has been releasing in recent years. In addition, the new interface fixes common problems with high resolution displays that some users might have experienced.
What’s in the Nik Collection 6.3?
Migrating the HDR Efex and Sharpener Pro Nik applications to the new interface may sound simple, but the impact for end users is huge. In fact, this changes so much that I’ve decided not to produce a written description. Instead, you can learn about the changes in my review video below, as well as see a demonstration of the changed Nik Collection 6.3 tools.
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Parallel Installation in the Nik Collection
Something else that’s new in the Nik Collection 6.3 is the ability to make a parallel installation.
In the past, when you installed the Nik Collection, it would automatically remove earlier versions of the software. This was true, even when installing a trial version. As many users of the Nik Collection are still on the free Google version, this would leave them needing to reinstall their software. Unfortunately, a lot of those users didn’t have access to their original installation files, so were left with a hard choice:
- Upgrade to the latest version of the Nik Collection
- Stop using the software.
Now in the Nik Collection 6.3, two versions of the software can co-exist on the same computer. Importantly, the installation process doesn’t remove your prior version of the Nik Collection. If you’ve held off installing the trial Nik Collection because you don’t want to lose your existing software, this fixes the problem.
Here’s the link to download the Nik Collection 6.3 trial from the DxO website.
IMPORTANT: I haven’t been able to try the parallel installation myself, as I only have access to the Nik Collection 6.
How Much Does The Nik Collection 6.3 Cost
Now on to the important issue of price.
If you are an existing user of the Nik Collection 6, this is a free upgrade.
For owners of earlier versions of the Nik Collection, you may be able to take advantage of the upgrade price which is £69 or €/$79.
I don’t believe the upgrade is available for all earlier versions of the Nik Collection. You will need to check your account on the DxO website to see if you qualify. It’s shown in the “My Software” section of your account page.
If you can’t upgrade your version of the Nik Collection, the full license costs £135 or €/$149.
Overall, I’m delighted to see the release of the Nik Collection 6.3, and the migration to the new user interface design completed for Nik Applications.
In further news, DxO has coincided the release of the Nik Collection 6.3 with their August camera and lens module updates. In the past, new modules were added only infrequently, but then DxO committed to monthly releases. This is great news for owners of new cameras and lenses as it significantly reduces the wait time for them to be supported.
It’s also nice to see DxO supporting new lens manufacturers like Viltrox. The Viltrox lenses are proving very popular due to their excellent image quality and affordability.
You can see the August new modules list below.
Latest DxO Optics Modules
The latest DxO Optics Modules update — available now — includes the following cameras and lenses, each optimized for specific camera-lens combinations:
- Canon EOS R100
- Sony ZV-1 II
- Leica APO Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm F2.8-4 (L-mount)
- Leica Vario-Elmar-SL 100-400mm F5-6.3 (L-mount)
- Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR S
- Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR S with Z TC 1.4x
- Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR S with Z TC 2x
- Nikkor Z DX 24mm F1.7
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH (Micro Four Thirds)
- HD Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4
- Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.4 Classic
- HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2
- Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C (L-mount)
- Sigma 24mm F3.5 DG DN | C (Sony FE)
- Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN | A (Sony FE)
- Sigma 50mm F2 DG DN | C (Sony FE)
- Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN (Sony FE)
- Sigma 23mm F1.4 DC DN | C (Sony FE)
- Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN C (Nikon Z DX)
- Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C (Nikon Z DX)
- Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN C (Nikon Z DX)
- Sony FE 50mm F1.4 GM
- Viltrox 13mm F1.4 (Nikon Z DX)
- Viltrox 13mm F1.4 (Sony FE)
- Viltrox 13mm F1.4 XF (Fujifilm X)
- Viltrox 20mm F1.8 Z (Nikon Z DX)
- Viltrox 35mm F1.8 FE (Sony FE)
- Viltrox 35mm F1.8 Z (Nikon Z)
- Viltrox 50mm F1.8 Z (Nikon Z DX)
- Viltrox AF 24mm F1.8 Z (Nikon Z DX)
- Voigtländer APO-Lanthar 35mm F2 Asph (Nikon Z DX)
- Voigtländer APO-Lanthar 50mm F2 (Nikon Z DX)
- Voigtländer Nokton 23mm F1.2 X (Fujifilm X)
- Voigtländer APO-Lanthar 50mm F2 Asph (Sony E)
- Voigtländer Nokton D23mm F1.2 Asph (Nikon Z DX)
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You’ll find more high quality, free tutorials on my Nik Collection Tutorials page.
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