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On1 Photo RAW 2019 – Was it Worth it?

August 6, 2019

on1 photo raw 2019 is it worth the
price I’ve just returned from quite a long overseas trip and whilst I was away
on one released the new version of Photo RAW which is their editing software now
before I left I prepaid for an upgrade and now I’m back I want to see if the
upgrade was worth it I should probably tell you to start with
that I am actually a long-term user of on one software there marketing plays a
lot on the fact that people don’t like the new Adobe rental model and in recent
years they’ve been promoting their software as being a purchase the thing
is every year they’ve asked me for an upgrade fee and it’s actually getting to
feel a lot like I’m actually renting the software from them the only difference
is that if I don’t buy the upgrade I still get to use the software so what’s
new if I look at the website I can see a page here with what’s new and if I
scroll down the list it actually looks like this quite a lengthy list of new
things but are they really new the first two enhancements on the list are really
about the editing workflow and it doesn’t surprise me because the thing is
on one seemed to change the interface and tweak the workflow in every version
in all honesty I’m actually finding it a bit confusing next on the list we’ve
actually got the Lightroom photo setting migration I’ve got a lot of time and
effort invested in Lightroom and I’m not moving away from it anytime soon but if
you are looking for an alternative that might be something that’s actually very
valuable and I’m going to look at that in another video
moving down the list we’ve got a text tool that’s not going to be any use to
me now scrolling down the list there’s a number of other features that they’ve
actually introduced but the one that really interests me and the one that I
usually look for in upgrades are what the new filter options are the other one
that’s caught my attention though is also this improved local adjustments in
the old on one when you did local adjustments you were working on an image
now the local adjustments are applied at a raw level so that should lead to
improve quality and also more flexibility in the editing in this video
I’m going to look at focusing in on some of these features which are the
interface the workflow and also the filters so let’s switch now to m1 and
the raw file that I’ve chosen is this one which is from a nikon d800 so that
should test the performance of the software in the past i’ve actually found
the on one photo raw software a bit sluggish and it almost has to catch up
with itself quite frequently if i see the screen becoming sluggish i know
perhaps there are some performance issues still in there if I look over
onto the right side of the screen I’ve got the links to edit and down here I’ve
got some other features that you may want to use know previously what you
have down here was all the different modules within on one photo suite that
you could access or things like develop local adjustments and you would have to
come out a bit of one module to go into another now that’s been moved away so
let’s have a look at how that works if we actually select to edit our image so
immediately it’s rendered that very quickly indeed which previously that
wouldn’t have happened I can also see that I have access to the different
modules here now develop effects portrait and local just by clicking on
one of these tabs and that’s actually a lot simpler than it used to be I’m going
to start by using the develop module which is all about converting the raw
file into a corrected base image now the first thing I notice are the profiles
here and there’s a number of different ones that appear to be in there as on
one and got them to use the on one standard but also the raw file has some
other profiles from the camera manufacturer there which it’s also
picking up on so let’s make some adjustments here and all I’m trying to do here is create
quite a nice base image which will then work on later so we’ll add in a bit of warmth there
because this was actually shot late on in the afternoon in the early evening I
had just a little bit of saturation and vibrance at this stage and that appears
quite good and if I come down here I can actually zoom in now on the image so
let’s just have a look at 100% magnification and we’ll start to add in
a little bit of sharpening there if you’ve not familiar with on one it’s
actually got a very good raw convertor in there and in this case it seems to
have created quite a clean image the highlights and the shadows have been
pulled back quite well and although we could do more to recover that highlights
I’m trying to keep this looking natural in terms of the Sunburst that’s coming
through the clouds there the other thing that we’ve got down here are the lens
Corrections so if I turn that off you can see there the change to the edge of
the frame I actually like the lens correction off with the wide-angle shot
so I’m going to turn that off at the moment and that looks like sufficient to
start with as a base image let’s do a local adjustment and what we’ll do is
we’ll change the sky so I’ll just use this masking bug and straightaway we’ve
got selection there on the sky and we’ve got quite a lot of control
over that and you can even change the temperature as well of the sky in
comparison to the rest of the image and we can adjust the saturation in tint as
well so in terms of local adjustments it’s quite easy if you wanted to create
further adjustment that you can simply add more adjustments in there and then
this one is just like the others where I could make some further changes so I’ll
just move that down and I will paint in on the rocks an adjustment there and
there and there and also on this header and here know what I’m doing here now is
although that looks dark and they’re going to actually lighten it up I’m
gonna use it to add in a little bit more lightness there and a little bit of
structure as well and that’s really just to bring out the texture in the rock and
also on this header here and we’ll add in sorry the little bit of reset that
and then a little bit of saturation and then I’m going to add a further
adjustment and this time I’m going to use it to just darken down the header
here and a little bit around the shadow there
just so our eye isn’t drawn to it quite so much okay so that looks like a good
starting position in terms of the image so there was the original there’s the
adjusted image now using the interface feels a lot easier and cleaner than it
did previously so let’s now drop over to the effects
now with the effects adjustment you could use presets before and those are
still here and they’re actually quite useful II categorized but they feel a
little bit easier now in terms of how you can get at them and also you can
choose no individual filters where we have a list of filters here and then
within the filter so if we go back to that vignette you can see the effects of
the the adjustment settings so we’ve got presets within each of the filters that
you can actually choose so for example we could choose a big softy vignette
and exactly the filter over here so I’m just going to remove that the other way
to add a filter is through this new dialog here and this actually appears
quite useful we seem to have a few new filters in there and I’ll look at those
in a moment and we’ve got this new search option now the search option
seems like a good idea so for example if I simply type in blur you can see
anything that’s to do with blur in reality I’m not sure how useful that is
the other thing that you will find useful though is this nice browser here
so if I now pick out a sake glow filter it tells me that the glow adds a soft
focus to your photo it can you can see there it’s got the keywords blur
creative art and soft soft focus and it’s also got a preview just to show you
what the image would look like so you’ve now got two ways to add these filters
and rather than having to know what the filters do we’ve got hints and tips
there that help you actually understand this so from a new a new users
perspective that’s actually very useful I’m going to add a color adjustment
filter now this is one of the new filters now as soon as I added it now as
soon as I added it I immediately recognized it it’s part of another
filter if I look at the color enhancer you can see there the similarity all has
happened is that they’ve removed this middle section here of the filter and
you’ve simplified it now they’ve actually added a number of new filters
in this their latest version but all of them are actually parts of other filters
that already existed so for me I’m sorry but there are no new adjustment filters
in here and that I think is quite a disappointment let’s get on and let’s
adjust our image so the first thing I’m going to do is add in a fall adjustment
there and that’s just the preset and I think I’ll move the sliders just a
little bit further and then next I’m going to add in a tone
enhancer now I’m doing that I’m making these adjustments you can see that they
are affecting the entire image now I don’t want that in terms of the tone
enhancer I just want to affect the foreground
elements of the rocks so what I’m going to do is I’m going to add one of the
masks now there’s been no changes to the mask in photo raw at the moment but they
are promising some new AI or artificial intelligence masks in the future the
masking tools are though in on one excellent they’re some of the best I’ve
seen so let’s now just use them so I’ll
invert the adjustment mask here I’m now going to paint in my adjustment and I’ve
got my old place a taste set about thirty percent though so I can just
paint in on the areas where I actually want that adjustment to take place so
I’m using it to draw attention to these rocks in the foreground and also to this
Heather all the flows on the Heather so making them stand out and we’ll do the
same on this rock as well you so you can see here the mask or you can
go back to the original and we can just feather that mask a little bit to help
blend the adjustments there you can see the difference that
that makes suddenly a subtle adjustment but it’s quite useful again if we come
down to the color adjustment we can now add another mask and I’m going to use a
luminosity mask of this time and I’m going to invert it and that is to add
the adjustment to these rocks now immediately at this point I’m actually
find that I’m missing something that I wanted that was in the color enhancer
which is the color temperature so now I’m going to have to add another color
enhancer filter and now I can increase the temperature
which is what I wanted to do with the rocks and also up to the saturation okay I know a little bit more satisfied
with that I’m just going to add a couple of other filters now so I’ve got one of
my favorites which is the blow filter and that’s put the filter in the wrong
place so I’m going to just reorder the filters now and I’ve got a problem here
where it’s not scrolling so I just need to scroll down so that I can move the
filter up and drop it at the top and now I’m going to add in some of the
adjustment and I’m going to go off a strong soft light but I don’t want that filter everywhere
so again I’m gonna use a mask I’m going to start with a luminosity mask and
we’ll view that and what I want to do is have the glow effect in the sky in the
background and on some of these rocks here so I can
adjust my mask you know using the levels let’s actually invert that for the
moment and that gives me a sort of starting position I’ll go back to the
view and now I’m going to paint out the effect in certain areas and I’m also going to paint it in in
others and we’ll just increase the strength of
that day and the halo and that’s created the effect I was looking for and finally
we’ll add a vignette and I’m gonna start with the big softy vignette now what
we’ve no got in the big soft day or in fact any of the vignette is this new
drop-down and I’ve got a priority mode know what that does is it actually
allows me to set the priority to be the highlights so it won’t apply the filter
as much in the highlights and now I can just adjust the vignette there so that’s
no looking a lot more natural in terms of the photograph no the opacity I’m
sorry the glow here is just a little bit too strong at the moment so I’m just
going to reduce the opacity of that glow filter down to something that I prefer
now that’s looking quite good overall let’s just compare it against the
preview well there’s the original and there’s the adjustment and I’m sure
you’ll agree that’s quite a big change and it’s actually being able to create
it very easily and quickly so too the big question that was it worth the price
of the upgrade well for me yes I think it was but it’s not clear-cut I really
like the changes to the interface and the workflow
it’s definitely simplified application it’s made it easier to use but it’s also
made it much more powerful your your no editing in local adjustments on RAW
files and if I added further layers to this image I can actually again use RAW
files and I’ll just show you so if I you add a new layer what I actually do is I
go back to looking at on my RAW files so if you’re into exposure blending and
things like that you can layer up multiple versions of your image
with RAW files and that actually has an enormous amount of power and something
that isn’t really intuitive and a lot of other programs or in some is just
impossible to achieve now what the new version likes is actually new tools and
new filters and to be honest that’s what people expect and pay for with upgrades
and certainly I expected to see something new in there it almost feels
as though the on one team has run out of ideas now if you don’t already own on
one and you’re thinking of purchasing it I’ll be honest I think this is an
absolutely brilliant editing package and the masking tools are absolutely
exceptional they make working with your images very
very easy and intuitive if you are an existing photo or or 20:18 user and
you’re considering an upgrade I would honestly recommend that you check
carefully you need to answer the question for yourself are you really
going to benefit from these changes I like the new interface and I can work
faster than this so for me that in itself is value for money but you may
not agree it may not suit your needs so check carefully I’m Robin Whalley
you’ve been watching Lenscraft I’ll see you next week for another video


  • Reply R Garlin November 21, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Wonderful photograph – to start with – and once again your adjustments were masterful!👏
    I too hesitated a bit before I hit 'submit' on the buy-this-upgrade page, but to tell the truth, I've never been brave enough (if that's the word) not to upgrade any one of my software purchases! 😬

  • Reply Jeff Hambleton November 21, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Some of us have lived through the biggest rip off of all time and that's DOS and Windows. We all wanted the upgrades mainly because the ones we were using had so many bugs and we were looking for a way out. We had to pay for each upgrade leaving some big companies stuck with the decision to either upgrade all their PC's or stay stuck in the past. So frustrating when my own laptop was using the latest Windows and my company laptop wasn't.
    So what do we do? I'm retired with little money so LR is out of the question to play with a few pics from my latest walk.
    ON1 is still buggy and I hope that each upgrade sorts out the bugs which they do but make more. I find I'm still waiting and waiting for the program to respond and upgrading my laptop and still waiting for the next upgrade. Right now it's the photo stacking, not quite ready yet.
    But I love it so I pay, just like I paid for each new version of DOS and Windows helping make Bill Gates one of the richest men in the world.

  • Reply Jason Ball November 21, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Nice demonstration Robin..! Any chance of making a tutorial of using On1 2019..?

  • Reply Chris Wooldridge November 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for another helpful video. For now I’ll stick with my Adobe Photography subscription but this new package looks a useful option if/when I tire of paying Adobe my monthly fee.

  • Reply Alvin Lavoie November 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention, or count the Portraits module as a new filter. Also surprised you didn’t elaborate more on the enhancements to some of the filters. You did mention the added functionality of priorities in the vignette filter, but there are enhancements to some other filters. You didn’t mention the alignment feature regarding layers. You downplayed how big the changes were in the highlight and shadow recovery in RAW editing. You might not value the Lightroom migration tool, but to some folks that alone is a killer feature worth an upgrade. Your point of the annual fee upgrade cycle overall has its place. But if one is getting value for that upgrade fee it is a lot less painful. Way better than the perpetual Adobe fee, where you have no choice. You seem to be looking at ON1 as a filter provider and not so much as a Lightroom replacement. This might not be the best filter package on the market, but this might be (I’m still testing myself) the Lightroom replacement package. From that perspective it is worth the money, if the migration tool and asset management pieces deliver. IMHO

  • Reply Steve Beck November 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Um – focus stacking, portrait retouching, LR exports with edits intact, much better UI layout and enhancements. A few new features there.

  • Reply The PNW Rider November 21, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Robin you hit it on the head. They are no different than the Adobe model just packaged differently. I dropped it after the last version. The Adobe product gives me more for less as the bottom line. Look what happens if you stop the Adobe plan after a year. Surprisingly very little. Is disabled

  • Reply Mike Peberdy November 21, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Robin, a great video. I use ON1 and bought the upgrade, I think it is always beneficial to upgrade even if there are not many new things on offer. I have a request, as I am a very novice user to photo editing could you do a video that explains when you need to change the order of adjustments. I saw in this video you moved an adjustment up. I really dont understand how to know what order adjustments are supposed to go in. I am sure it would help others as I feel this area is a bit of a mystery to many of us. Thanks Mike

  • Reply Jorge November 21, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I agree with you Robin. I have own One Photo suit for some time and I feel as though I am paying a lease because of the frequent updates that I have to pay. The money comes to about the same as my subscription to Lightroom/Photoshop. However, I am happy with this new version.

    I suspect that I will not be purchasing any more updates at least for a couple of years.

    Thanks for your tutorials!


  • Reply Graham Payne November 22, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I tend to agree with you regarding the yearly upgrades. I have left Adobe's products for the same reason.
    I know that ON1 Photo Raw is a business and they do have to cover their software development cost's
    and no you are not forced to upgrade. I think that they do tend to keep some vital developments back for the next upgrade though (to keep customers interested) and I think that they could and should lower the upgrade cost's. The price difference between a new customer download to an upgrade is very small.
    ON1's software is great but the service could be better. All Adobe training video's are free of charge regardless of who performes the video. ON1 also charge for their training video's made by a third party but sold by ON1.

  • Reply KoolauWaterfall Hawaii November 23, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Robin, thank you for a very helpful video. I am looking for an alternative to Lightroom as I often work in places with no or little/unstable Internet connectivity so I want to be able to work offline. It looks as if On1 Photo Raw 2019 runs faster then 2018.5 but I wondered if this is because it's using more memory though I do have a fairly fast computer. I also looked at Capture One but I think I like this interface better. Looks simpler and more intuitive especially where local adjustments are concerned. I wondered if you used tethering with yet with the 2019 version as I would like to shoot tethered at least some of the time. Please make a future videos on tethering, compositing, and panoramas with the 2019 version as these are commonly used features that I and I am sure many other users are interested in. Thanks again.

  • Reply AlergicToSnow November 24, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Photography is an expensive hobby. If you can’t afford it, then you have a decision to make. Cameras are no different with constant upgrades if you need or want new features. Don’t even get me started on other software, computers, phones, and a whole host of other things I need or want.

  • Reply Kenny C November 24, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I’m new to On1 raw I purchased it about three days ago I’m a Lightroom companion but for me Lightroom been slowing down and find that it’s tweaking isn’t there anymore. I’m excited to get started with ON1 and understand everything where stuff is and and what does what. Your right it’s a little tricky but I’m brand new at it so that being said practice practice. I’m on a yoga 15 4k i7 Windows On1 seems to be crashing at times I’m not if it has something to do with my Lightroom topaz studio all tied in but I wouldn’t think so.

  • Reply lawyerdch November 25, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Right at the beginning you raise a key issue of rental vs ownership and comment that the upgrade feels a lot like a subscription and then add “with the only difference” being if you don’t buy the upgrade you still get to use the software.
    That is key. That is the very definition of the difference between rental and ownership software. That’s the point and your efforts to minimize that point is logically unsound.
    No one forces the user to upgrade (like Adobe does with the subscription model) and it’s unreasonable to expect no improvements to the software over time (and we want ongoing development to make a software better and current with the times). If the improvements don’t impress you, save money and upgrade every 2 years or never.
    It’s equally ridiculous to expect improvements to be added for free.
    Incidentally, the upgrade price is 33% less than the annual subscription to Lightroom and that’s only if you upgrade exactly on the anniversary date rather than waiting even 15 months rather than 12 in which case the “savings” would be even more. [yes, photoshop comes with the Lightroom subscription, but On1 with layers and masking does 70% of what most want out of photoshop and for a modest one time purchase, buy the very capable Affinity Photo for the rest]

  • Reply Norm Hanson November 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for a very honest evaluation, On1 Photo RAW really is a great photo editor, especially for Layer, blend modes and masking and I particularly like the rendering of RAW Files, leaves lightroom looking murky from the start.
    I totally agree about upgrading and suggest for people in two minds as the whether to upgrade just use the <try it free> button first. I did and haven't opted to upgrade because I seem to be able to do everything it offers with OnPhoto RAW 2018.5 BTW you could previously do some basic local adjustments with brush and adjustable gradients in the develop module. I will thus have a self-inflicted wait for the next upgrade.

  • Reply CosMos Artistry November 25, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Superb image Robin and great review. I am hesitant to upgrade as I bought ON1 fairly recently and now have to pay again to upgrade. Add on the conversion rate and the price goes to $110. I will probably wait until further upgrades take place before I can justify upgrading my existing ON1. Keep up the great work

  • Reply Konstantin Borus November 26, 2018 at 1:49 am

    I upgraded to ON1 2019 and actually like new interface more than last year version. Only on downside is exporting and saving my work, specially panoramas. It takes forever and sometimes program simply crashes…. I hope they fix it in upgrade soon.

  • Reply michael 232 November 26, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Fine – now lets have a review from someone using windows (protective helmets on everyone…..)

  • Reply David C Williams November 26, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I enjoyed that, thanks. If you could only have one, Lr or ON 1 which one would it be?

  • Reply MARTIM D November 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I upgraded. Part to be supportive part because of the new layout that makes big diference (aldo vignette shouldn't be consider an effect, it should remain on develop) but mostly hoping for speed and flow improvements, and they exist, minor but present. What i can't figure out is why they simply can't place a slider on the compare mode… As for AI, more than welcome… I do agree with you, their masking is amazing as-well-as the Midtones slider makes a ton of difference.

  • Reply Steven Dempsey November 27, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Great overview, Robin. I like your style. One thing I'd recommend is that you could use Solo Mode (From the top menu: Window->Solo Mode) when in Effects. That way, you won't have all the filters open at once. At least for me, it makes it less cluttered. It also helps with reordering filters in the stack because there's not as much scrolling involved. The new interface and workflow have made the whole experience of working in ON1 much more efficient for me. I really notice the difference when I have to go back to 2018.5 for whatever reason.

  • Reply Gary Smith November 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Just because you or anyone else doesn't use or care for certain features is not a good reason not to support or like the upgrade. I personally purchased the upgrade and am very satisfied with it and I don't use all the features.

  • Reply James Hunt November 29, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Really enjoyed the video. Question, How does it compare in your opinion to Lr when dealing with Fujifilm RAF files? Thanks.

  • Reply Gary Leonard November 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Excellent video. I can watch it many times, and learn something new each time.

  • Reply Pharyn Gealized November 30, 2018 at 4:06 am

    ON1 has the WORST film simulations. I mean, I thought it was a joke at first 🙂 Also, it took almost a minute to export just one photo!

  • Reply Paul Anderson November 30, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Great review, cheers!

  • Reply Philip Barker December 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Having had the program for a few years rather disappointed about the upgrade cost every year , ok get to ne upgrade but hey ho starts to work out as costly as PS cc equivalent . Would be good to have a lifetime cost upgrade and reward loyal customers wishful thinking I suppose

  • Reply seekamule December 3, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Do I understand this correctly, I would not own it as, like the rest of them!!! you can only use it on one computer, so to use it as a family, we would need to take it in turns, or fork out for multiples. 😉

  • Reply Gill Brown December 4, 2018 at 10:39 am

    No I do not like the algorithm when you try auto colour in develop module it’s just terrible. Garish and plain ugly not a good place for a beginner to start. I am finding it just as hard to get around . Not worth the upgrade price. Will not upgrade again.

  • Reply aengus1948 December 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Robin you make a very important point about upgrade cost. What has become an annual cost is nearly the same as the subscription cost for LR, PS and Bridge. Have you considered Alien Skin ? Purchasing one program or another seems to be related to how easy programs are to learn, use, as well as ones photography goals. btw nice image. It's a shame one program can't do it all

  • Reply Gabriel Valdez December 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Im im search of a RAW editor that doesnt require a yearly subscription, so i am not interested in LightRoom. So far, this program looks alot like lightroom and also looks easy to use. Does anyone know if it is compatible with the Nikon z6?

  • Reply Marc Labro December 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

    nice review ! i have it but still develop raw in lightroom and use On1 on a tiff. Do you think it can replace lightroom for editing raw,… ?
    i find ON1 products very slow compared to Luminar, photoshop, lightroom with latencies,… 3 minutes for exporting instead of 20sec in lightroom,…
    i also don't like we cannot launch a pure photoshop psd twice from ON1. on1 browse recognizes internal LUT,… and doesn't allow to send to photoshop while it should
    act as an explorer because we don't ask it to process the psd ! another point is that highlight clipping is disabled after a split toning and you can burn your image.

  • Reply The Happy Hour Hound December 14, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Mate. Please do a tutorial on Darktable. Its FREE and seems to be a clone of LR. Also Luminar seems to have tremendous workflow and features.

  • Reply Sumit Aggarwal December 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    How many different raw programs do you use??

  • Reply swd photos December 15, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Very nice summary. I had upgraded to Raw 2019 prior to seeing your video and would have done so after viewing your video as well. However, the big issue for me is how the changes in Raw 2019 have dramatically impacted my workflow as I have always used Photo Raw as a plugin to Lightroom. And I will continue to do so. This means that I no longer see the changes made in Photo Raw in my LR catalog upon exiting Photo Raw. To overcome this issue I have to manually export a PSD or TIFF file from Photo Raw before exiting it and then syncing the catalog in LR to have that PSD for TIFF image appear in LR. Very cumbersome indeed! What has your experience been?

  • Reply Rick Scorey December 18, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Robin, good review.  I'm a long time user of On1.  They are back to the original problem.  They introduce new features but also remove many old ones.  For example do a mask in 2018 and then try to find the same features in 2019.  Many have disappeared.  This also happened a few years ago.  They slowly kept adding back the features.  One example was the line masking feature.  It is very useful for low contrast masking.  It just disappeared in 2019 version.  I am not sure what they are thinking.  Then they change the interface.  This requires complete re-training and much effort to learn the software all over again.  When you add all the missing features of the previous version, it is beyond frustrating.  While I hate the subscription in Lightroom, at least Adobe's development department is smart in how the introduce new functions not eliminate the old.  Also training on the new products is almost effortless especially if you do not use the new features.  On1's development department is completely out of control.  The other problem with On1 is that is continues to crash all the time.  I am shooting with a Nikon D850 so my file size is large.  The number of crashes I experience is crazy.  I'm being forced to go back to the Adobe products with the subscription.  I wish someone would do a review on the missing features and the way the On1 keeps changing their interface.

  • Reply Mat Cassagne December 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Robin, how would you compare On1 photo raw 2019 to Alien Skin Exposure X4? Any preferences? It would be great to do a comparaison of those softwares.
    Thank you.

  • Reply Alfredo Sánchez January 2, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Me encantan estos vídeos ton cortos y musicales, pero van un poco rápidos para mi, soy un poco lento, jajaja.

  • Reply Jupp Kaltofen January 5, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I also will leave Lightroom resoned by the rent-only Policy of Adobe. I tasted some raw Image developing Software like DxO PhotoLab, CaptureOne and now ON1 Photo raw.
    I expect that the others packages works different as Lightroom – well, is'nt it – expect CaptureOne.  They user interface is guided by Lightrooms Desktop layout and workflow.
    The most differences are in the filters, Presets and raw-converter Quality.CaptureOne is a package that is not designed by Concept for Hobby or semi-professional purposes. The workflow is more oriented to greater photo agency or Company. The work that required to be done, before the Image developing could be start, consumes much time. DxO and ON1 are actually my favorites , who could be a replacements for Lightroom.I had seen the ON1 2018 Version and upgraded them to ON1 2019 and was surprized About the different look of the gui.I am not familar with the 2018 Version and now, i need to re-learn again.Some menu items are moved, removed or just renamed. 
    I would prefere  that ON1 will stay on the layout for the next few years. The RAW-Converter Quality is as good as the Lightroom 6.5, that i actually uses. ON1Äs file handling is a lot of faster as LR6. The price for an update calculated for a month is less than a half of the rent of Adope lr cc and you have a Lifetime License. You can update, but you have a choice to do or not.
     I also like DxO Photoworks to develop the raw Images. I could not see much differences between ON1 and DxO. They are different in the lens aberation correction. ON1 work similar as LR – they just uses the lense correction Parameters. DxO correct the camera and Lense as a combination. Does it matters? I had not seen a difference as now.I will check both packages as Long as i am able to decide me, what more fit to my workflow.I am a Hobby Photograph – far away from a professional. The Price (fees) are not unimportant for me.

  • Reply david kessel January 7, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Good review Robin. Thanks

  • Reply ayalamih January 7, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I downloaded the 19 trial. It looked good but actually my computer froze every time I tried to use it. Far from being faster it makes it impossible to use and disables my computer whilst it is thinking about each action. Meanwhile I still have plenty to learn about using 18. I don't need a repackaged program which I have to learn afresh.

  • Reply av foto January 13, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    is it on par with lightroom for event work (100-900 photos), where i can make changes to saturation, noise reduction etc and sync them all, but then go into individual photos and make slight adjustments to blacks, contrast etc. Also watermarking and placement of it, either text or logo, any good? Thanks.

  • Reply Howard Worf February 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I upgraded, and I agree that the workflow is a lot smoother and user friendly in this version. On1 is an exceptionally good editor. The only thing I am still miffed about is the lack of multiple monitor support – it really is a pain. I will keep my Adobe sub going too because LR is a better DAM and Photoshop remains indispensable for some tasks.

  • Reply Lyn Rostron February 20, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    About 10 days ago I purchased the 2019.2 version having checked the system requirements beforehand. I was not an On1 user before but liked the idea of being less dependant on Adobe and also the concept of being able to dothe creative edits in a non destructive manner.
    I have had serious performance issues, Windows 10, laptop, (I am using a Nikon d7200), sluggish at best.
    However the main problems is the lag time when using any brushes for masking or local adjustments and the lack of response to preview off/on. After many suggested fixes and diagnostics suggested by On1 support.
    I have now consigned it to the recyle bin and received a full refund. I will not however get back the time I spent learning the new system nor the cost of a couple of books and a course purchased to help me.
    I was told that the fix updates would be free but there was no time frame.

  • Reply Bruce Titus March 6, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I don't mind paying the upgrade price if it helps On1 become a viable alternative to Photoshop and Lightroom. Adobe opened the door to competitors like On1 through sheer greed and I can only hope they live to regret their decision to screw loyal customers like me by renting their software. I first purchased Photoshop in 1990 and spent thousands over the years upgrading to new versions. My current version is Photoshop CS5.1, which is becoming increasingly unstable with each new Mac OS release. Since I will NEVER rent software from Adobe, I'm trusting that Photo RAW has everything I'll require when the day comes to uninstall Photoshop. If my annual renewal fees helps On1 get there I will gladly pay them.

  • Reply Jeff Hambleton March 16, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I've been struggling with ON1 raw from the start. It's still slow and buggy. I'd like to be able to use the gizmos that I have already than add more which slow the program down. Yesterday 2029.2 just went poof and I lost all my work.
    The price of the next upgrade is high and I'm wondering if it's time to stop where I am with 2029.2?
    I suppose I could use a trial of their next upgrade to see if it works before spending more money.

  • Reply tectorama May 23, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I'm still using Lightroom V.6…Which I will continue to do until I buy a camera where the RAW files
    are no longer supported.
    I have just downloaded the trial version of On1, and am on a steep learning curve. I suppose the problem we all have, is that we compare everything to Lightroom. I find On1 generally slower and more clunky than LR, but maybe I just need to get used to it. I started off by deleting all of the presets, and have started creating my own, I only ever use about four anyway. I just want a programme to edit photos. I don't do catalogues etc.

  • Reply Angus Gibbins June 22, 2019 at 12:16 am

    I'm in a position where I'm thinking of going back to Adobe CC from On1. There's just so many more training resources and plugins available.

    The subscription model doesn't bother me with Creative Cloud. Photoshop used to be several hundred $$ per version, the subscription model is peanuts by comparison. Having a subscription model where customers are always on the latest version is a big understated win for consumers and developers.

    Photo RAW 2019 also brought multiple monitor support, which turned out to be a huge disappointment.

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