ON1 Photo RAW 2017 has been in the works for a while, promising a new RAW processing engine and other performance and feature developments that were built from the ground up. I saw a demo at PhotoPlus Expo in October and I can tell you this application is fast and well-equipped to handle just about any task you throw at it.
This all-in-one RAW processor and photo editor combines several workspaces: Browser, Develop, Effects, Layers and Resize (for printing). It operates as a standalone app (and a host app for Google Nik Collection and other photo editors), a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, or as an extension for Apple Photos.
As an Adobe Bridge fan, I'm happy that ON1 Photo RAW 2017 is browser based (as much as I like Lightroom, I'm not a fan of catalogues). Viewing and finding photos is quick and easy. And, more importantly, processing RAW files is just as spry. Stacking and layering filters is equally as appealing and everything is non destructive. You can sync across multiple computers, save your stacked filters as presets and batch-export files.
Better yet, ON1 plans to update the software on a regular basis—every 4 to 6 weeks—with free updates beginning in the first half of 2017. So far, the company will release updates for automatic lens corrections, workspaces, a compare mode, photo settings, a Lightroom migration tool, versions, stacks, camera profiles for film looks and updates for new cameras.
ON1 has also launched The Photo RAW Project for users to submit feature requests and other input about the software. If you hurry, you can grab ON1 Photo RAW for $100 (soon to be $120) or upgrade for $80. And, you can activate the product on up to five computers. For the introduction, ON1 has also created a bundle with training materials, a workflow ebook, additional videos and 60 presets. There's a 30-day free trial available as well.
ON1 has plenty of tutorials on its site, but you can get a good overview of the software in the video below: