Big news in the ON1 world, and really, photo-editing world as well. I’m so psyched to announce ON1 Photo Raw (click here to go to the ON1 site for more details) It’s the next generation of ON1 apps, and it all revolves around a lightning fast browser and raw photo editor. It’s something we’ve been working on for a while now, and probably the top request we get from ON1 customers.
Here’s the deal. For a while, I’ve been touting ON1 Browse as the way I’ve been viewing most of my photo shoots. It’s just a simple fast way to view photos from a shoot because it doesn’t have an import process and there’s no cataloging to be done. Just point it at a folder on your computer or hard drive, and you instantly see all of the photos. But what’s been missing for me, is a quick way to edit them. Until ON1 Photo Raw, there’s no raw photo editor. Enhance is a great app for basic edits, but I usually end up using Browse to find my favorites and then importing them right in to Lightroom for editing. Then back to ON1 to finish with styling in Effects, or any portrait retouching.
So you can see the problem. If I, as well as other ON1 customers, use the apps in the beginning and the end of the workflow, there’s definitely something missing in between. That’s where Raw comes in. Now you get the lightning fast browser, raw photo editing, and the effects for styling in one place.
I did a quick video below where I talk a little more about it. But this is big. One of the things I think I’ve always prided myself on is getting in front of audiences (whether it’s live or online) and listening to what you’re saying. And I use that feedback, bring it back, and develop content and training to help you out. Well, I’m using the same idea here with the ON1 apps. I’ve heard what ON1 users are saying, and I’ve watched in my workshops what everyone is doing and how they use the apps. So I’ve been personally and closely involved in the development of this next generation of apps.
In a way, they’re developing the apps and workflow that I want. But I feel like I’ve been really close to our audience, and using your voice as well – so in a sense, I really believe it’s the apps and workflow that you guys want as well. We just need the conversation to keep going to we can make sure we get the features you want.
Stay tuned for more. Sadly, we’re still months away from really getting this new version, because I want to start using it now. But you can always stop by here, or check out the ON1 website to get updated. Thanks, and Have a good one!
Has anyone had a chance to see and compare the RAW conversion quality of ON1 Photo RAW as compared to Lightroom or Capture One Pro?
Hey Bob – I have. I’ve compared all 3. Honestly, to my eyes, most raw converters are great (and look similar). If you think about it, there’s not much more you can do with an Exposure slider, or highlights and shadows. They all perform great. Each has it’s little nuances, but most of the mainstream raw processors perform similar. To me, it’s about workflow. Who has the workflow, features, interface and extras that work for you. So if you’re looking for a revolutionary raw processor, where your photos miraculously look different than any other app, you’re probably not going to find it.
Perhaps I have ADD and I’m to impatient to search for the answer but after about 20 minutes of searching I still can’t find the answer to this question. Where does Photo RAW fit into the On1 product lineup? Is it a new probably more expensive and feature rich product that exists alongside Photo 10 or will it replace Photo 10 like Photo 10 replaced Perfect Photo Suite?
Matt, On1 is such a fantastic product! Been following you since Kelby One and appreciate all the education! Wanted to suggest/request/ask if On1 is going to have:
1. Button to remove chromatic abberation.
2. additional artistic filters to make photos turn into drawing, paintings, etc..
3. HDR features to merge bracketed photos.
Thanks again for everything you do! Chris
Hi Chris – thanks.
At least in the fall. Next year I know they’ll add features but I don’t see either of those two on the list for any time in the near future.
Great, Thanks. Btw – I have purchased all of Nicole’s books on On1, do you plan on writing any? I would specifically really like a book on high end portrait retouching using ON1 software. Best, Chris
Hey Chris – won’t be writing any ON1 books, but I’ve got some Photoshop and Lightroom stuff planned. If you’re doing “high end” portrait retouching I don’t think ON1 is the best place. I think it’s great for quick portrait retouching (especially for people who don’t shoot many portraits – it’s fast and easy). But for high-end retouching, doing it manually in Photoshop is really where that work is done. Thx.
Thanks Matt. I’ll be looking out for your Lightroom and Photoshop stuff. Big fan of your style. Thanks again, Chris
Hi Matt I’m relatively new to photo editing, in simple terms will the new software negate the need for any processing in LR and use LR just as a catalogue and will ON 1 effects do everything that the Nik Colour Effects do now.
Another RAW editor? Scary! lol!! I use multiple raw engines depending on the picture I’m editing so it will be super exciting to see what on1 has to offer. I can’t wait.
Quick question – I always convert my raw files to DNG. Will that option be there? I personally don’t like to deal with sidecar files.
Very excited for the new Raw Photo ON1….will we be able to make some simple edits on the ipad as we can with Lightroom…and then have it sync back to On1 Raw (as in Lightroom)?
It would be great to be able to drop LR and just stay with ON1…the support you guys provide is Fantastic!
Thanks Elliot – eventually, but that’s not in the first release.
Look forward to seeing this in action. Will it be a better alternative to Adobe for use with the Fuji X cameras? Very few Fuji owners are happy with the raw conversions out of Adobe at this time.
We’re trying Jim. There’s a reason why everyone is having a hard time with those photos, but it’s definitely a top priority.
I currently use On1 Photo 10. Will On1 Photo RAW replace that when it is released? In other words, will Photo RAW include Enhance, Effects and Portrait?
Yes, Enhance will become the raw editor. And effects and portrait will be there too.
On1 Photo version 10.5 now available as a free download for registered 10.1 owners. Update thru the HELP dropdown
Good news from ON1! I’m guessing that working on the RAW file will be similar to LR in that the adjustments are made and then a file such as TIFF or JPEG is exported. Since this new app will also allow effects to be applied directly from within Photo RAW will the process still require converting the RAW file into a PSD first? This has always limited the usefulness of effects for me since I can start with a 20MB RAW file and make one adjustment in Photo 10, say Dynamic Contrast, and the PSD file that is created increases in size to nearly 400MB.
Right on Matt. Love the idea. Been an On1 customer for quite some time now. Looking forward to the release.
This seems like a gift from Heaven! Can I also view the edits I did in Lightroom (saved in the LR catalog ?). Greetings, Alex
Most likely not Alex.
Thank you, the earlier email from ON1 was not clear on the when and whys.
Good move. The quality of the RAW conversion matters a lot tho. DxO, Iridient, Photo Ninja, Capture One all have worthy offerings.
So is this going to be saved as a catalog or database-ish format like LR or will it just render RAW?
Hey Randy, I don’t know the inner workings to a great extent, but it’s not a catalog like LR. You can use it on any computer, and there’s no import. I’m sure there’s got to be something going on behind the scenes, to do some of the things, but it’s not the traditional catalog/library system that LR and Capture One use.
Matt, maybe this is published elsewhere, but how would keyboarding be accomplished. I use LR as my keyword engine so I can find certain photos fast. Does ON-1 have something similar?
It’s already there now. Just go to the Browse app. Go under Window > Metadata and you can see/add keywords.
Hi Matt, thanks, I can see how to add keywords. Nice and easy. But, how do I filter images by keyword? For example, let’s say I want all of my images that have the keyword: lion. How would I do this?