This year, 2016, really has been a bumper year for great photographic hardware and software and now it has become even better with the long-awaited release by On1, Inc. of On1 Photo RAW 2017, an integrated raw processor and image editor replete with presets, filters and other functionality.
So now On1 Photo RAW 2017 joins Macphun’s Luminar as the latest of the two completely new raw processing-cum-image editing products of this year, to complement major upgrades of popular established software like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, Affinity Photo 1.5, Alien Skin Exposure X2, Aurora HDR 2017, Capture One Pro 10, DxO Photo Optics 11, Pixelmator 3.6 Cordillera and more.
Nobody can complain about not being spoiled for choice or not having the possibility of different raw processing and image editing paradigms and workflows.
On1 Photo Raw 2017 – I am dropping the capitalization of raw to RAW for the clear and obvious reason that RAW is not an acronym – along with Luminar are banging the nails in the coffin of separate software for raw processing and image editing and not before time.
I am well over the idea of halfway processing images in a raw processor, then exporting them half-done to an image editor then finishing them off destructively or non-destructively before exporting them to a web-centric format for publication.
The more I can do non-destructively inside a raw-savvy application the better, in my opinion, and ON1, Inc. and Macphun clearly have got the message. Both their applications’ appearance in the latter part of 2016 can only be a good thing for competition, choice and plenty of terrific new features to come.
I have barely had time to skim the surface of what On1 Photo Raw 2017 can do, and it has been far long since I last used any of On1, Inc.’s other products, so best I keep it short, or shortish.
The first big standout feature of On1 Photo Raw 2017 is its speed. It is FAST and clearly it makes plenty of use of the powerful graphics processing units (GPUs) of contemporary computers like the Apple iMac Retina I am using right now.
Secondly On1 Photo Raw 2017 belays the often time-consuming process of importing images into catalogs or sessions and is browser-based, enabling you to jump right in without delay.
Third, so many of the presets I came to appreciate and rely on when using other On1 products in the past are right here right now in On1 Photo Raw 2017, ready to add to a stack of filters, tools and adjustments that On1, Inc. tells us will only be growing over the coming months.
I am looking forward to automatic lens correction, workspaces, versioning, in-camera profiles as looks or film simulations, the portrait filter and background processing all of which are slated to arrive from January to May 2017.
Software updates, camera updates and bug fixes are distributed throughout that list, exciting and very necessary given we are expecting the arrival of Panasonic’s GH5, Fujifilm’s GFX 50S and X100F, and more in the first part of 2017.
In common with other contemporary image editors, On1 Photo Raw 2017 works as standalone software and as a plug-in for host applications like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and Apple Photos. Conversely, On1 Photo Raw 2017 acts as a host to other image editors and plug-ins such as, for example, Google Nik Collection.
On1 Photo Raw 2017 is available right now as a freely downloadable 30-day trial version along with a great set of free product training videos and the best advice I can give you right now is to watch as many of them as appropriate. (Advice I have yet to follow as our Internet access here has been even slower than usual lately.)
On1, Inc. is offering terrific upgrade and full version deals expiring on December 31 so get in fast if you want to take advantage! Even better is that the customary 2 computer limit does not apply for installing ON1 Photo Raw 2017. It can be used on up to 5 computers.