Photoshop CC 18: Crashes using NIK Filters

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I'm having trouble with my NIK filters, mainly the Silver Efx Pro2 black and white app. They had been working just fine for over a year. I recently installed the High Sierra OS on my Mac. I've reinstalled the NIK filters just to be sure I'm ok with installation there.

I open NIK through my Photoshop CC 2018 and everything works fine until I click on OK to return to Photoshop. The image shows that it is processing and attempting to save the file and size it back on my layers stack...and then the whole thing crashes and closes out Photoshop. I'm left with the file not saved and I have to restart Photoshop again - without the NIK layer saved.

***I have learned that I can actually get Photoshop to successfully use the NIK filters by File>Automate>Nik Collection Selective Tool.That works but its a pain in the butt.  Is there a fix planned to be able to use the dropdown Filter menu again?

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Wayne Brodd

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David Hendry

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I have the same problem with Photoshop CC 19 and Mac OS High Sierra. I came across a solution. Choose Nik filters from the Filter drop down menu and then the specific one you want e.g Color Efex Pro. Apply filter as you wish. Then go to the settings button on the bottom left. Choose "After Clicking OK" apply filtered effect to current layer. The default is to apply filtered effect to a separate layer. This latter option causes it to crash.
So you are best to create a new layer and you would have to rename it to NIK yourself to keep your process organised.
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Please note: DXO has purchased Nik collection from Google. They are updating their plug-ins: Contact them for more info.