As part of its regular update schedule, ON1 is bringing a number of improvements and new features to ON1 RAW 2018.
The new features will include camera profiles in the Develop module and LUTs support in Effects. Both are quite hot topics right now ever since Adobe introduced profiles in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom earlier this year.
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Profiles and LUTs
The camera profiles will reflect the different image styles you can select on the camera, such as Landscape, Portrait and so on. It’s not clear yet whether these will be generic styles or designed to mimic the camera makers’ own, which is Adobe’s approach.
LUTs will be handled separately in a new filter in the Effects module. Skylum Luminar has a filter for loading LUTs and it looks like ON1 is handling it the same way.
LUTs (Look Up Tables) remap the colour values in an image on to new values to create variations in contrast and colour and signature ‘looks’ for your images. They’ve been used widely in cinematography for some time, but right now they’re capturing the interest of stills photographers and software publishers too. You can find out more about LUTs in this Q&A with Lutify.me.
ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 will also get new tools in the Develop module’s Transform pane to correct perspective and rotation, plus support for new cameras and lenses.
Browsing gets a boost too. Lots of us shoot RAW and JPEG images at the same time, and you’ll be able to collapse and hide the JPEG copy so that your library isn’t cluttered up with duplicates – and metadata changes you make to the RAW version will be ‘mirrored’ to the JPEG.
In the new version it will also be possible to ‘nest’ presets so that they’re not just in one long, linear list and – more important – you’ll be able to nest albums into a hierarchy. This feature is long overdue, since most of us will quickly accumulate more albums than fit neatly into a single list. This will offer a way of bringing more order and structure to a large image library.
ON1 has also worked hard on speed and efficiency, claiming a ‘massive boost’ in overall performance. The Filmstrip should now be just as fast in the Develop and Effects modules as it is in the Browse module, to allow speedy rating and culling everywhere. Brush performance is improved too, especially on Windows machines with high-resolution displays. Switching between modules should be faster, and exporting will now be carried out in the background so that you can carry on working and not have to stop and wait until it finishes.
Price and Availability
ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 will be available in June. Anyone who buys the 2018.1 version today will be eligible for a free update to the 2018.5 version when it arrives. It’s also a free update to anyone who currently owns ON1 Photo RAW 2018.
If you want to upgrade from an older version, there’s an introductory upgrade price of $79.99 for a limited time (usual price $99.99).
For new users, ON1 Photo RAW 2018.5 is being offered at a price of $99.99 for a limited period (usual price $119.99).