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    Default Nik Software Plugin

    Am wondering if anyone has found a solution to the problem of the NIK software bundle crashing XARA?

    Regards ... Paul

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    Default Re: Nik Software Plugin

    Quote Originally Posted by Staggerlee View Post
    Am wondering if anyone has found a solution to the problem of the NIK software bundle crashing XARA?
    Regards ... Paul
    Paul, your tile mention Plugin and your Post mentions bundle. What is which? Version would be useful for NIK and Xara.

    Is this Google's NIK? are the Plugins 32-bit? Is your OS 64-bit?

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    Default Re: Nik Software Plugin

    they never have worked in xara afaik - they cause access violations as I recall
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    Default Re: Nik Software Plugin

    Have removed NIK - do not know version, but it was an older Google version. I will try again.

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    Default Re: Nik Software Plugin

    I don't know Paul.I had it but uninstalled it for some reason maybe because they didn't work with Xara bot I don't remember. Maybe someone else here knows.
    Larry a.k.a wizard509

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    Default Re: Nik Software Plugin

    I use the Google Nik plugins (v2, 64-Bit) now and then, but have given up trying from within Xara Photo & Graphic Designer (v16.1.1). The best way I find is to export your bitmap image and use the plugins externally. You can drag and drop image files straight onto the Nik plugin icon to open (including .png files, which is not an option from within the plugin menu).

    Within Xara you can get way with using some of the Efex plugins, but I've never got Analog, Color, HDR and Silver to work at all.

    If I were going to chance using any of the ones that appear to work (Define, Sharpener Pro, Viveza) my workflow would be:

    - make a copy of what you want to filter (as a backup)
    - apply plugin to this copy
    - lock the Effects (click the padlock on the Fx toolbar)
    - immediately make new bitmap copy of result
    - delete filtered copy (to prevent crashing)
    - save

    One thing to note is that after applying one of these plugins, you are not returned to the Xara program screen.
    Jono (Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 16.1.1.56358, Renewal due: 04 June 2019)

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    Default Re: Nik Software Plugin

    They don't work as a plug in, but you can use them as a stand alone application as I remember. Open, say SilverEfex, go to file and open desired image. You can then work on it and save it back to then open in Xara should you wish. Not as convenient as a plugin but just the same results.
    Attached image was produced in SilverEfex and opened in XaraDesigner etc.
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