U Point on RAW: export formats available after?

(Atha) #1

(This is for the DXO/NIK team)

Hi, I do not work with Jpegs. Never.
I shoot in RAW, edit in RAW as much as I can and export my final images to TIFF.
The new NIK 2 can use the U Point on RAW? This is great news.
I use NIK before the Google days, so I bought this suite several time and will pay again ,-( Must worth the money.
Open a RAW files with NIK was never an option. Only TIFF.
So, now that it is possible to edit RAW files on NIK (edit the RAW as much as I need within the entire NIK suite?), must I export the result only as a JPEG file in the last stage?
Which export formats are available?
Please do not give bad news ,-) Jpegs is not an option to me; neither sRGB.

Thanks.
Cheers.

(Mark) #2

I think that DXO was very unclear about this. Other than in PhotoLab’s local adjustments, U-point does not work with raw files. I believe that claim is based on the addition of a free version of PhotoLab Essential along with the Nik Collection. PhotoLab Essential has U point technology built into it’s local adjustments which can be applied to raw images before exporting them to the Nik applications as tiffs or jpegs. However, the individual Nik applications still do not have that ability.

I think DXO will regret implying they would. I believe the idea that it would is more geared for marketing to new users and to those who have never tried PhotoLab. Existing user of the Nik Collection will discover that immediately, especially when running it from other software like PhotoShop, and will quickly become very disappointed. I see a potential marketing disaster on their hands as people start to demand their money back for what they might construe as a false claim.

Mark

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(Chris Maltese) #3

Wow. Glad that I read this. The upgrade verbiage strongly implies RAW editing in the Nik Collection.

Again, wow.

(Mark) #4

This is not official mind you. I’m just a knowledgeable end user. Since they are giving you a free copy of PhotoLab Essential with the Nik Collection they are sort of implying that its part of the Nik Collection.

Mark

#5

This is really misleading as it is displayed on the website. The best way is to simply download and test the trial.

(Melbourne, Australia) #6

To be fair to the DxO marketing team, that’s not so … they actually do make it quite clear. The marketing blurb says;

with DxO PhotoLab 2.3 ESSENTIAL Edition, which comes with the Nik Collection 2 by DxO, you can apply U Point exclusive local adjustment technology to your RAW files.

And, I reckon it’s pretty impressive that a new user can acquire the Nik Collection AND the basic/essential version of PL for only $US 59.99.

John M

(Mark) #7

It’s actually not as clear as you suggest. On the home page https://nikcollection.dxo.com/ under What’s New? it just says, “Edit Raw files with U Point” and underneath that “You can now apply U Point exclusive local adjustment technology to RAW files giving photographers more versatility and creative possibilities.”

It says nothing at that point about using PhotoLab, and veteran users of the Nik Collection knowing that the apps use the U Point technology will most likely assume that they now support raw. That may be very misleading to current Nik users.

And for new users the price is $99.99 USD, not $69.99. However. for new users not committed to a raw editor, the bundled combination is a tremendous bargain. Recent purchasers of the Essential version at full price ($129.99 USD) may not be too happy. They missed getting it and the new version of the Nik Collection together for only $99.99 USD.

Mark

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Apply U Point local adjustements on RAW - What does that mean?
(Melbourne, Australia) #8

Ah, OK - - Yes, that certainly could be misconstrued …
A marketing-person blunder, I suspect (I’ve been the victim of a few of those myself !)

John

(Mark) #9

I had also edited my original response to you with this:

And for new users the price is $99.99 USD, not $69.99. However. for new users not committed to a raw editor, the bundled combination is a tremendous bargain. Recent purchasers of the Essential version at full price ($129.99 USD) may not be too happy. They missed getting it and the new version of the Nik Collection together for only $99.99 USD.

Mark

(Chris Maltese) #10

Hence my aforementioned point.

(Melbourne, Australia) #11

And hence my mea culpa.

John

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(Chris Maltese) #12

Love you, bro. :grinning: