Viveza just got better! Nik Software just released Viveza 2 last week. It has improved features for an already terrific program. With Viveza 2, you now have global adjustments along with selective u-point adjustments, and they’ve added a Structure slider to bring out fine details. They also added shadow recovery – all of this either globally or selectively controlled. Check out the video on their site here. I used Viveza (1) to turn ‘on’ the lighthouse in the picture below, when the ambient light became a bit brighter than the beacon. It helped bring some life to the lighthouse – although admittedly it’s hard to tell with a picture this size! But I’ve used Viveza regularly in other situations when I wanted to do fine adjustments to small areas without having to make a complicated mask.

Pricing for Viveza 2 is $199.95 (note: price lowered from the original $249.95) and just $99.95 for upgrades.

At the same time as this launch, Nik has created a final end-of-year special on both of the Complete Collection Editions, as follows:

(a) Complete Collection for Lightroom/Aperture, only $199.95 (save $100)

(b) Complete Collection Ultimate Edition for Photoshop/ Lightroom/Aperture, only $429.95 (save $170!)

These promotional offers end promptly at 11:59pm on 12/31/09

To buy either of these collections – or Viveza 2 – click on the Nik ad above – and be sure use the BTHARP in the promo code to get the special price.

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