Portland, OR—Imaging software provider ON1 released ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1, the first major free update to Photo RAW 2018. Version 2018.1 includes image quality enhancements, performance improvements and key features to optimize a photographer’s workflow.
The all-in-one photo editor and RAW processor is designed for fast photo management. It offers customizable photo effects, masking tools, HDR, panos, layers and other Lightroom- and Photoshop-like features. In addition to RAW files, supported formats include JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PSB, PNG and also DNG.
“Version 2018.1 isn’t just about the new features, although there are many powerful new additions. We’ve been very focused on image quality and the results customers get from using ON1 Photo RAW. Image quality and performance are the top priorities in every update. And we are very excited for our customers to experience these improvements for themselves in this update,” said Dan Harlacher, director of Product at ON1.
ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1 Improvements
In the new version, the algorithms have been improved to increase the amount of micro detail while reducing aliasing. This is to yield photos that are noticeably crisper with less color artifacts. In addition, HDR alignment and deghosting were improved, to produce sharper results with less ghosting, noise and color fringe. Users can now select which frame is used for deghosting. In addition, they can now adjust the amount of motion visible in water and clouds.
Moreover, the new version generates thumbnails more quickly and provides faster image previewing and search capabilities. In addition, the sharpening algorithms were upgraded to enhance micro details and provide sharper initial results.
Also, the panorama merge dialog now does a better job with vertical panoramas as well as really large ones. It can stitch together 25 photos at a time. Furthermore, the blending of photos to compensate for differences in exposure and white balance was enhanced.
ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1 New Features
Several new features and functions were also added in the software release. For example, when importing photos from a camera to a computer, users can choose where they want the photos to go. They may also assign metadata. And a new tethered shooting function supports Canon and Nikon cameras.
Other new features include: soft proofing that simulates what a photo will look like when it’s printed; the ability to add metadata to a group of photos using presets, saving only the information a user wants applied to photos; and video files can now be viewed and organized with the ability to move, name and add metadata to them.
In addition, the custom sorting function permits users to place photos in any order they choose. They can also rename all of their photos in one batch. Moreover, users can now adjust the capture date and time on photos so they match the actual date and time they were taken.
“Our vision for Photo RAW has always been that it would the fastest, most flexible and easiest-to-use raw processor as well as photo editor on the market,” added Craig Keudell, CEO of ON1. “Photo RAW has come a long way in a short time. We are both excited and very busy building new exciting technologies for our next update.”