The thing is, I am a decades-long user of the CorelDRAW graphics suite. I use the vector app in that suite for graphic art such as logos, stickers, and signs (it makes me money). I use the raster app in the suite, Photo-Paint, for photo editing and painting. I’m also grandfathered into the now-discontinued (for new users) Corel upgrade program for $79 a year. CorelDRAW is a $700 set of professional programs. I use the Nik collection extensively in that app. So you see, I’m not about to switch to another app for photo processing, it is simply out of the question.
A couple of years ago, I subscribed to PhotoShop, Lightroom, and had to add Illustrator as it’s a totally different app with Adobe. I wanted to see what all of the hype was about. I used it long enough to become fairly proficient, then realized that CorelDRAW is easier to use and can actually do more than those Adobe apps for less money. Lesson learned. I won’t stray again.
Incidentally, because it is lightweight and capable, I have PaintShop Pro 2021 installed on my small Windows tablet for minor on-the-spot editing. Vivezo and Silver Efex no longer work with that app either.
I have processed all of my RAW files, starting with Optics Pro 4 and now with Photolab 4, and I have a workflow that works great for me:
-Process RAW files using custom presets in DxO
-Export to CorelDRAW Photo-Paint for further editing
-Open a NIK plugin for effects or further correction
-Send back to CorelDRAW to use the outstanding print engine it has, or to save for the web.
If NIK 4 and beyond are no longer compatible with Corel products, I guess I will be forever stuck on NIK version 3.