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Google pulls plug on desktop version of Snapseed

By dpreview staff on Mar 14, 2013 at 16:49 GMT

Google has announced it will no longer sell the desktop version of its Snapseed image editing application for both Windows and Mac. Existing customers will continue receive support and updates. The company will continue to offer the Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android. In a blog post, the company has announced, as a part of its 'spring cleaning' it has decided to shut down Snapseed and Google Reader, among other products.

Google's official statement

Beginning today we’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows. Existing customers will continue to be able to download the software and can contact us for support. We’ll continue to offer the Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android for free.

 We reviewed the desktop version of Snapseed last year. Check it out here.

Comments

Total comments: 65
King5ley
By King5ley (Mar 21, 2013)

Will Snapseed be left to rot until its no longer useful? I like the programme. Furthermore, will Silver Efex P2 be safe?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 19, 2013)

"Existing customers will continue receive support and updates. "

"Google's official statement

Beginning today we’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows."

???

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KodaChrome25
By KodaChrome25 (Mar 15, 2013)

Here is how Google lets you know on the Nik website:

go to http://www.niksoftware.com
click on Products->Snapseed (takes you to snapseed.com)
The link to the desktop version is disabled.

Nice PR.

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Tomskyair
By Tomskyair (Mar 15, 2013)

I'm just waiting for the announcement some day in the (not so far?) future that due to "focusing our efforts" Google pulls the plug on Android or dumps it at some Chinese company's doorstep for free...

I just hope I won't die from laughing my a*** off that very day.

But seriously I wouldn't even touch anything with "Google Inside" with a ten feet pole. They're unpredictable, unreliable, cheating and dishonest on their customers. I'm happy to use their search engine and mapping products for free. But that's about it - just as non-commital on my side as their general attitude towards their customers is.

"Be the Devil!" would be a much more appropriate corporate slogan for them.

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Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (Mar 15, 2013)

I never liked the desktop version anyway, so I am not sorry to see it go. It wasn't exactly harmonious to use going from mobile version to desktop. I like using snapseed when I feel a little jaded from shooting monochrome.

I still feel a little irked that Nik sold itself to the Devil. I suppose I have to refer to it now as Old Nik.

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DavidSBSF
By DavidSBSF (Mar 15, 2013)

I was hoping Nik would change Google more than Google would change Nik.

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nathansmith
By nathansmith (Mar 15, 2013)

From DP Review: In a blog post, the company has announced, as a part of its 'spring cleaning' it has decided to shut down Snapseed and Google Reader, among other products.

The blog entry says they are shutting down the DESKTOP version of Snapseed, but not the mobile. The above line gives the impression that Google is killing Snapseed completely. Also, I use Nik software, and killing the desktop version of Snapseed could be good for Nik, as Google wants us to use Nik software. (Although personally I don't want every wannabe pro using Nik).

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veato
By veato (Mar 15, 2013)

Why would you not want people to use Nik software?

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DavidSBSF
By DavidSBSF (Mar 15, 2013)

Oh, I get it, nathansmith, you were born a pro and never had to be a disdainful wannabe.

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Mark Alan Thomas
By Mark Alan Thomas (Mar 15, 2013)

Five bucks says Google kills Nik for the desktop next. They want these tools to prop up Android.

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mintdave
By mintdave (Mar 15, 2013)

@nathansmith, pros everywhere use Nik SilverEfex. No other B&W program tops it. Color Efex also is a great pro tool, when not overdone. Don't confuse Nik software with Instagram.

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Mister J
By Mister J (Mar 15, 2013)

I wondered what effect Google's takeover would have, and now I know.

Snapseed Desktop is a workflow item for me, so the news is a shame, but so long as it works, it works...

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veato
By veato (Mar 15, 2013)

Sometimes Snapseed does enough I need and does it quickly without needing to open up LR, PS and the like. I'm genuinely surprised they're killing the desktop version. But as you said as lon gas it works....

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Fletch50mm
By Fletch50mm (Mar 15, 2013)

Yup - evil Google... Since they've acquired Nik Software they've made the mobile Snapseed available to a much wider audience for free!!! and discontinued a desktop app that was inferior to to it's competitors and didn't have much usage...

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mistersloane
By mistersloane (Mar 15, 2013)

Which competitors did you have in mind?

Also, what was the usage of this version of Snapseed? I'm not aware of any stats about this, but it's something I would be very interested in seeing as it woukd shed light on the business case for terminating the product.

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uniball
By uniball (Mar 15, 2013)

Usage or downloads. The former is not available, the latter tells you nothing.

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spidercrown
By spidercrown (Mar 15, 2013)

When it was first announce that Google will take over Snapseed, me with a few forumers share the same opinion that it will take away this nice app from serious photog.. and someone replied say that my comment was dump.. @digifan i remember you :).

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Anepo
By Anepo (Mar 15, 2013)

Well, no more google search engine for me, it has sucked HARD for the last 4-5 years anyway, also google you just pushed me away from the android market as well, it is bad enough that android runs as well as windows vista did at the start, but i get junk spam text messages every now and then which does NOT happen on ios NOR did it happen on my old non "smartphone". Your censorship in china, your horribly designed and half functioning android, your destroying companies, and your business ethics overall have finally pushed me away, now i have got a collection of android devices im gona have to sell. You are simply NOT trustworthy as a company AT ALL!

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GlobalGuyUSA
By GlobalGuyUSA (Mar 15, 2013)

You hate Google because it censors in China (as required by Chinese law - what do you expect?), AND because it allows everyone to make an App (such that you apparently download anything, bringing garbage onto your own phone)....... I think you are seriously biased. Here's an idea: See how they play within the law as proper citizens of each host country. And stop downloading crap Apps that have less than 100,000 users. Google search has been the best for the last 10 years, and its only the last one or two that the competitors are even matching it. Plus all the services that Google gives away for free, its been a blessing to our entire world. You think Apple or Microsoft would have done that? Google is a pillar of the modern society. That's probably too much responsibility for it to succeed everywhere (just like Microsoft could not). So count your blessings and stop whining about the stuff that you actually can control. Entire industries are built around Google, AdWords, etc!

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2stepbay
By 2stepbay (Mar 15, 2013)

Hard to imagine any company who illegally harvests wifi data during their street photo escapade being "a pillar of modern society" and blessing to the world.

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WT21
By WT21 (Mar 15, 2013)

I bought the desktop app.

I do not at all care for Google. Simply cannot stand them.

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lenseye
By lenseye (Mar 14, 2013)

Google is to good companies what cancer is to human body!

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vFunct
By vFunct (Mar 14, 2013)

There will be riots if Google kills the Nik plugins.

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SantaFeBill
By SantaFeBill (Mar 14, 2013)

And do some still think that the rest of the Nik programs for desktop are going to stay around? That would be a triumph of hope over experience.
"Do not ask for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Nik software ... ." (With apologies to John Donne.)

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lenseye
By lenseye (Mar 15, 2013)

Indeed... the bell tolls for Nik Software! Only if they had been bought by Adobe!

Such a fine line between fortune and misfortune...

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Robgo2
By Robgo2 (Mar 15, 2013)

It's hard to imagine Google euthanizing the Nik plug-ins, given their popularity. If they have no interest in developing the line themselves, they should be able to sell it at a good price to someone who does.

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mistersloane
By mistersloane (Mar 15, 2013)

@ Robgo2, but the same thing could be said of Google Reader – a product that a lot of people use and which they think is the best product out there.

Personally, I thought Google bought Nik in order to use in its online offerings first and foremost – and we’ll see this gradually over time. In the meantime, Nik will continue and Google senior vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra did say “we're going to continue offering and improving Nik's high-end tools and plug-ins." However, Google is an advertising company and the core Nik products don’t fit into that – my own view is the latter is targeting a market becoming increasingly niche and Google will, at some point, decide to exit it.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Mar 14, 2013)

I use the Android app almost everyday.

Never knew they had a desktop version.

If I did. I would have bought it just for the 'Ambiance' adjustment which works great on the Android app.

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sinbad
By sinbad (Mar 14, 2013)

Antitrust laws do not apply to Google.

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schack
By schack (Mar 14, 2013)

Its a damn shame! And now theres doom on the horizon for the rest of NIk's software portfolio. Whats going to happen with my substantial investment in silverfx, colorfx and sharpener pro?
Are they also going die a near silent death, google?

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Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (Mar 14, 2013)

google has made it very clear they are not in the desktop software business. the talent drain from nik is now certain. no innovation in desktop tools. a pity for such a promising co.

Big G is clearly banking on G+ but it is very very doubtful they will overtake the big I.

actually having snapseed as a desktop extension could have been a differentiator, if only for market awareness/marketing.

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Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (Mar 14, 2013)

Horrible. I can't get excited about anything Google does anymore. The moment you trust them and invest any amount of time in getting comfortable with something it's gone.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 14, 2013)

I was a little upset when they discontinues igoogle.com ...it brought everything together into the best homepage we had ever seen.

Google used to be a one stop shop for a diversity of tidbits - tools here and there - that made it compelling to use google.

But as google sheds parts and components because of money problems and internal cost-cutting, it is becoming less and less attractive.

The whole was worth far more than the sum of it's parts... and now that they are breaking everything off, the ship is sinking for me.

Time to jump ship - Google has rendered itself useless to me.

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Ross the Fidller
By Ross the Fidller (Mar 14, 2013)

That's my beef with them too. I won't use google chrome as it is also not what it's cracked up to be & will stick with IE9.

What news & search alternative would be good instead? Yahoo? Maybe not.

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The Silver Fox
By The Silver Fox (Mar 15, 2013)

Bing. Out of protest.

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nawknai
By nawknai (Mar 15, 2013)

Yup.

First it was iGoogle, which was just fantastic, and exactly what I wanted.

Then they start chopping away at other things because not enough people use them? Do enough people use Google+? What about Chrome OS? Maybe they should cut them off too!

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Hornito
By Hornito (Mar 17, 2013)

And what will you use now to replace the services Google has provided (mostly for free)? A serious question, not snarky, really curious to know. I have "no dog in the fight"...

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 14, 2013)

fuk google they killed nik software.

for what.. for stupid mobile phone snapshot apps.....

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 14, 2013)

just snapseed desktop, they will probably sell the efex products and the other Professional Photographic Tools since that isn't there core business

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Mark Alan Thomas
By Mark Alan Thomas (Mar 15, 2013)

Don’t get your hopes up for the Nik plug-ins. American software companies don’t sell off acquisitions. They bury them to keep competitors from leveraging them. Nik is as good as dead.

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EJ Fudd
By EJ Fudd (Mar 14, 2013)

maybe I needs to spring clean my iMac of Google

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Sonyshine
By Sonyshine (Mar 14, 2013)

Such a shame. I enjoy using Snapseed. Its a fun and effective programme. I guess we all knew this would happen once Google got its claws into Snapseed. Another great programme bites the dust.

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DavidVogt
By DavidVogt (Mar 14, 2013)

Lovely, I bought this program for $20 and now there won't be any updates. Thanks, Google!

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vadims
By vadims (Mar 14, 2013)

Did your copy stop working? I guess not... Besides:

> Existing customers will continue receive support and updates.

That's from the news article.

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SantaFeBill
By SantaFeBill (Mar 14, 2013)

From the Google Official Blog:
"Beginning today we’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows"

Seems perfectly clear. And yes, updates to OS and/or other system components mean that at some point the desktop version of Snapseed will stop working.

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Silat Shooter
By Silat Shooter (Mar 14, 2013)

I like Snapseed for desktop. For P/S images it's fast, easy and gives great results. Bummer news! There are days I don't feel like going through Photoshop, for those occasions Snapseed is terrific.

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Hornito
By Hornito (Mar 17, 2013)

Picasa 4 now works as good as Snapseed, in my opinion. Perhaps Google figured, having invested in Picasa heavily over the years, and with it now achieving capabilities similar to Snapseed, they decided to kill of the new kid, so as reduce programs of similar capabilities?

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DFPanno
By DFPanno (Mar 14, 2013)

Well that's a shame. I use it for fun stuff when I am not in the mood for LR.

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djrocks66
By djrocks66 (Mar 14, 2013)

Same here!

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Tony Rundle
By Tony Rundle (Mar 14, 2013)

Lets hope they include the good stuff from Snapseed into Picassa

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solsang
By solsang (Mar 16, 2013)

This is exactly what i suggested to google 4 years ago, when i was trying out the nik plugins ! And i use picasa with snapseed as one of my main editing modes!

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smallcams
By smallcams (Mar 14, 2013)

I was looking for it yesterday. Now I know.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 14, 2013)

Integrate in picasa please

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Cam Ham
By Cam Ham (Mar 14, 2013)

Snapseed came out early as one of the most powerful and versatile image editing apps on mobile devices. On desktops, however, there are already popular programs that offer far more functionality at not much higher price. Therefore, I think that sales of the desktop versions were lackluster. Google is trying to push folks into using G+, where it already includes some of the same type of image editing that Snapseed offers.

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smallcams
By smallcams (Mar 14, 2013)

Which ones? I really like Snapseed's "Retrolux."

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StanRogers
By StanRogers (Mar 14, 2013)

Frankly, I expected this (and thought it was Google's primary reason for acquiring Nik, as I posted elsewhere at the time). I expect to see the plum parts of Snapseed folded into the artist formerly known as Picassa. I wouldn't be too terribly surprised to see a rebranding of the mobile versions on the horizon either. Google has been putting a lot of money and effort into making G+ the "serious photo community" over the past year and a bit (whether photographers have noticed it or not) and this is all part of the plan.

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photonius
By photonius (Mar 14, 2013)

They just bought it for the mobile versions, they rest they didn't care.

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rpm40
By rpm40 (Mar 14, 2013)

Why did google have both snapseed and picassa in the first place? I understand they have some different features, but why not just integrate them?

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Hornito
By Hornito (Mar 17, 2013)

I think with the release of Picasa 4, this has happened to some degree. Perhaps they will now take it to the next level?

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smatty
By smatty (Mar 14, 2013)

Buy and destroy!

A strategy I never understood...

I guess we all kind of knew it was coming when NIK was sold.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 14, 2013)

yep.. it was a very bad day.

face it this instagram crap an co. is not for photographer.
all this stuff is for kids and teens who don´t care about photography. hell most even don´t know what iso or aperture means... and 99% have no clue about composition etc.

sad that the good nik apps are dead now.

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FoToEdge
By FoToEdge (Mar 14, 2013)

Everything seems to be about Wall Street and Profits for Con Artists (Job Creators? Investors? ) Google equals Grifters... Google is forgetting the folks who really use their products. Back to the old reliable Photo Software companies that have been tried and tested and remain ready to help us with our image making! Long Live Adobe, OnOne, Topaz, RadLab, even Microsoft, ACDsee, Corel, etc.. The hell with the Googlites!

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jeffordphoto
By jeffordphoto (Mar 14, 2013)

someone should post a link so we can get the last version...

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morganb
By morganb (Mar 15, 2013)

they arent destroying, they are just pushing the software in the direction they see the computer going, which is more and more mobile and cloud based.

trust me, one day you wont have a single piece of software installed on your computer. everything will be run on high speed internet connections.

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Ohnostudio
By Ohnostudio (Mar 15, 2013)

@jeffordphoto - I think it's already gone. When I read the news release yesterday that gave the dissolve dates, Snapseed Desktop said "Today". I bought it when first released. It's been useful for some tasks.

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