What to expect from the upcoming ON1 Photo RAW photo editor

ON1 Photo RAW photo editor
I already mentioned about the upcoming ON1 Photo RAW photo editor that is supposed to be announced this fall. OnOne published the top 10 ideas for that Photo RAW project:

  1. Local Adjustments with Intelligent Brush — “A feature I will like is local adjustments (exposure, clarity, sharpening, shadows, etc.) with an intelligent brush that finds automatically the edges, like in Camera Raw.” Great news! This is one we are working on right now and are pretty exited about. The new Local Adjustments tab will let you use the Brush, including the Perfect Brush, and the gradient masking bug to selectively apply local adjustments that can be edited inside of Develop and Effects with Photo RAW.
  2. Fuji X-Trans Processing — We see this request almost everyday.  Photographers want great processing from their Fuji X-Trans sensors. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these sensors, the RGB filter pattern over the sensor doesn’t use the the normal RGBG Bayer pattern. It uses a unique one that requires a special debayering algorithm. We are working on our decoding of X-Trans RAW photos now. I hope to have some examples soon for everyone to look at. Photographers also want to take advantage of the film-based looks that Fuji offers in-camera.  This is something that we will start work on this winter and will be part of a free update next year.
  3. Multiple Monitors — “A must. Main, color corrected screen, for editing – full screen photo. All the toolboxes are one the second screen!”  Today about 15% of our users have more than one display. It would be great to let you put the controls on one display and large preview on the main display or to have thumbnails on one and big preview on the other.
  4. Reduce PSD Size — A common refrain we hear is that the PSD files that we create are really big. Well, yes they are. Photoshop compresses PSDs. Currently we don’t do that, but we will be soon. However, all this may be mute as well. With the new non-destructive editing in ON1 Photo RAW, you won’t be making PSD files nearly as often, only when you export out a photo to work in Layers or Photoshop. Most of the time all of your edits will be stored as instructions, taking almost no space, and your original photo will be left untouched.
  5. Lightroom Catalog Import — Working with Lightroom data is the biggest request we have since we announced. We will develop a special tool to import your Lightroom presets and albums as well as interpret your Lightroom edits on a photo. This will be part of a free update in the winter.
  6. Versions — Call them versions, snapshots or virtual copies they all serve the same function, to have multiple settings for the same photo without having to make a copy of the original. This is a really handy feature to many and one that we will be adding as part of a free update in the Winter.
  7. Haze — “I have come to rely on dehaze to a certain extent on almost all my new images. Please include it. Thanks.” We have had a ton of comments on haze or dehaze. We are definitely working on that now and it will be in the fall release of Photo RAW. One of our concerns with it is giving you the control over how much the saturation increases as you decrease the haze.
  8. Panorama Stitching — There’s a great conversion on this topic in the Photo RAW Project. This is something we will be looking at in the future, along with it’s technological sisters, HDR merging and aligning layers. No timeframe yet but we are thinking about it.
  9. Perspective and Lens Correction — ON1 Photo RAW will add a new Transform pane which will help reduce barrel distortion as well a correct perspective and leveling.
  10. Identify the Sharpest in a Set of Photos — This has always been a time consuming process for photographers. I remember hours spent on a light table with loupe picking out the the best frame. Digital photography hasn’t made this much easier. We are working on better ways to compare photos such as a new compare view which will allow you to view view, zoom and pan multiple photos at the same time as well as new sharpness overlay that will color-code the sharp areas in your photos.

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  • Why does the world need another RAW editor?

    • dredlew

      Because there’s really only two (so far) and they have tons of issues? Both LR and C1 were built on legacy infrastructure, they weren’t built from the ground up with the concept of editing & DAM in mind. Aperture was but we all know how that story turned out…

      It is time for something new with fresh approaches. Obviously, ON1’s will take some time to mature but it could become a serious competition for the other two. Also in the works is another RAW editor from Affinity. Excited to see what they can come up with. Given the immense progress they made with their Photoshop competitor, this space should get a lot more interesting. Competition and choice is mostly a good thing.

      • Jeffry De Meyer

        There is corel, it is fast as bleep, but for some reason it redraws everything every time

  • AYWY

    No local adjustment for CA/fringing correction = no buy.

    Amazingly only LR/PS has this after so many years. Affinity probably has it as well.

  • Ritvar Krum

    only thing I care about is speed – if this is archaic shyt like LR (that can utillize only 1 or 2 CPU cores) – then no thank you. we all have heard and red something like: “oh, now so many megapixels in this new camera, those huge raw files will clog my computer and slow down my work flow – 12 mpix is all I ever need”. C1 on other hand can uttilize as many CPU cores as you have (I have tested 22 core xenons -up to 100% utilization also while browsing adjusting), but C1 is not for everyone we need alternative.

    • Chaitanya

      Lightrooms GPU acceleration is also a big joke. In recent years since Apple discontinued their RAW editor has slacked off and there has been a drop in performance of LR. I might just switch over to On1 Raw if the performance is better than LR and cataloguing is on par with LR.

  • DouglasGottlieb

    My top three feature wants over glacially slow Lightroom for older Macs:

    1: speed
    2: speed
    3: speed

    This and a migration path that’s tolerable and I’m in

  • Duncan Dimanche

    I don’t see a price tag…. any idea ?

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