A number of image-editing programs have been expanding and improving features to bring them closer to full-featured applications. Part of this trend is probably in response to some photographers’ resistance to Adobe’s subscription model since most software still works on the standard "you buy it, you own it" model.
ON1 has been adding features and improvements to its software and a recently released version called ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 with a number of appealing additions and updates. I’m taking a quick look at the new software here, but keep an eye out for a full review by Stan Sholik in a future issue of Rangefinder.
One of my personal favorite changes is the ability to stack presets. This new option means you can quickly and easily create even more interesting effects without obliterating earlier changes or presets.
In the latest version, you’ll also find a Lens Correction pane. Distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting are automatically corrected for the lens used in each RAW shot. Not happy with the results? I’ve had good luck with the automatic lens corrections in my short time working in the program, but there’s also a manual option to override the lens profile and use sliders to make your own adjustments (and combined with a Transform panel, this is a pretty powerful option to correct perspective). There are even two CA sliders: one for purple fringing and one for green fringing.
Making selects is much easier now with the Compare Mode. You can check out multiple images and zoom/pan the entire group at the same time (or you can zoom/pan individual shots, if you prefer).
ON1 has also improved the search function and moved the clone stamp to Develop and Effects. Support for new cameras like the Sony a9 (which I’m reviewing for an upcoming issue of Rangefinder) and devices like the Apple iPad Pro 9.7 have been added. Plus, a new Lightroom Migration Assistant lets you efficiently move your Lightroom photos, collections, edits and metadata to ON1.
The update is free for current owners of ON1 Photo RAW 2017. Hurry over to the site to take advantage of the launch specials—four ON1 Master Courses for $100 (marked down from $120 for the software and $200 for the master courses). Upgrade pricing is available for previous owners of ON1 Photo or Perfect Photo Suite ($80 on special and $100 regular pricing). Want to give it a try before you buy? There’s a free 30-day trial—it’s well worth the download to give ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 a whirl.