Great news Johann shared on Georgia Ex-pat Photographer club wall today - Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine.

Get Nik Collection for free now

If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.
Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

As a novice photographer, I have heard about NIK Collection plugins for Adobe Lightroom, and have actually used HDR Efex PRO trial mode, having all of them freely available seems could boost my photography more. See: How to Capture and Post-Process Professional HDR Photos Using HDR Efex PRO

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

I know what I will be doing in next few days for sure- I will play around with NIK Collection plugins for Adobe Lightroom, and how about you? 

Here is the original story: Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.