Today went to the website of Nik Collection by Google and contacted them via their contact form. I asked, if they were still working on updates of Nik Collection in general and Silver Efex Pro 2 specifically. I got a response from the Nik support team on the same day. Of course, the response contained much standard info, e.g. that the developers are constantly working to improve the suite. But it was also mentioned that they are not sure whether there is a future for Silver Efex Pro 3. The support staff member promised to pass my request on to the developers and invited me to ask for more info again in the future.
Silver Efex Pro 2 – still the de facto standard
The Nik Collection by Google is a set of image manipulation apps that is used and loved by a many photographers worldwide, professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike. Silver Efex Pro 2 has become the de facto standard application for black & white conversions when the app was launched in 2011 and has defended this position despite other apps like Topaz B&W Effects, onOne Perfect B&W or MacPhun Tonality Pro are much newer, updated more often and marketed much more annoying… ehr… fiercely (especially Tonality Pro). The fact, however, that none of the competitors have been able push Silver Efex Pro 2 from its throne despite its age and lack of updates is a statement all in itself.
A call to arms
Given the information I received today, it is safe to say that the future of Silver Efex Pro 2 is uncertain. But unless the rest of the message was meaningless support mail standard, it might not be too late to let the developers know that Silver Efex Pro still has a market and loyal customers out there. So, if you are a Silver Efex Pro 2 user and prefer to see the app being updated instead of discontinued, then now is the time write an extensive list of feature requests to the Nik support team. If there’s still love for the app, then we should let them know. And it can’t do any harm if you told them that you are willing to pay for a major update. I, for my part, certainly am.
I would be willing to pay a small subscription fee if they kept the whole suite up to date and added things like selective focus.