I just downloaded the new, $69 [missed the July cut off date for the $49 version, but then, I had no idea there was an ANY dollar version, as I've been using the free Google download for years]. Frankly I am hard pressed to see anything different about this "new and improved" version other than some cosmetic variations. Has anyone else tried the DXO NIK? Are you seeing something I'm not seeing??
I got the DXO NIK a couple of months ago at the $49 price and am pretty pleased with it. I think I've read that some bugs have been fixed, especially in the HDR program; but I don't use HDR (yet), so I can't comment specifically. What is odd is that NIK plugins are not integrated into DXO Photolab. To use NIK, I have to go into LightRoom, create a TIFF file, and then edit using the NIK plugin from LR.
You'd think DXO would have the NIK plugins available through their own editing software, wouldn't you?