The first beta release of the new ON1 Photo RAW 2018 was just over a week ago, and we’re overwhelmed by the excitement and feedback we’ve received from the ON1 community. The response from customers and new faces has been very positive.
We are on the right track to provide everyone with the tools and features they have been asking for, and we will be releasing a second beta version in the coming days that will make Photo RAW 2018 even better. Here is a quick sampling of the feedback we have heard so far:
“Fantastic. All of these new mask options are such great time savers! The more I see what’s new in 2018, the more I realize what a big upgrade it is.” – Steven Dempsey
“Amazing. You guys just keep making this software better and better. THANKS!” – Mary Hulett
“Great stuff – the exact features I was looking for – really enjoyed the live tutorials” – IshaRa Deborah Coulthard
Our team has been working feverishly to catalog over 1,000 feedback notes left by our customers. Many of these are well wishes like the comments above. We’ve also received many requests for improvements and specific bug reports. Believe me when I say every one of these issues is being investigated. Here are some key pieces we are working on that I wanted to share with you today.
- Pink Results from HDR — We tracked this down to an issue with Fuji XTrans cameras. We have fixed this and will be providing a new beta build in the coming days.
- Unable to Merge in HDR — Originally we had pretty tight restrictions on photos to merge in HDR. They needed to come from the same camera, be the same size and orientation, the same focal length, ISO and aperture. This helps weed-out bad input. In hindsight, these were too strict. We will be scaling these requirements back to allow more photos to be merged.
- Exposure Variance in Panorama — Up until now we made no adjustments for photos that vary in exposure in a panorama sequence. Keep in mind, that if you want a great looking panorama there is a particular camera setting we highly recommend. It is best practice when capturing panoramas to shoot in manual mode so the exposures do not vary across the scene.
- However, we’ve had a lot of feedback that users are shooting in Auto. So we are working on compensating for the exposure changes for these types of photos.
We’re also working to improve the initial results in HDR, increasing the size of icons, buttons and fonts, improving highlight recovery, adding support for new cameras, and fixing other reported bugs. The second beta release coming next week will address many of the issues.
We really value everyone’s feedback up to this point, and we’re making great progress. We are committed to fixing each of the issues reported by the community before the final release goes out our doors. This is what helps us to make a great product, so keep sending us your feedback.