February 11, 2020 | 17121 Views | By Dan Harlacher

An Update to Our 2020 Roadmap

Today, I’m covering an official update for the ON1 product roadmap. A lot has been changing in the world of photography, and not just the changes here at ON1. So, how do we see it changing? What changes will impact the way photographers work?

Photography is Changing.
If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably haven’t noticed smartphone cameras have vastly improved over the last decade. Even photos shot with the first few iPhone generations were good enough to replace the point-and-shoot cameras we had used to take candid photos of friends and family. Only a few years ago, we found ourselves taking pictures with our phone and interchangeable cameras at the same time, one photo for sharing online and a raw photo to work on later.

So, what’s my point? Today, cameras on mobile devices are so good, and we see photography change right before our eyes. Think about this for a second. Nowadays, we are capturing high-quality photos and videos from our devices. We no longer have to lug around all that expensive extra gear. Most (not all) now have a choice in whether to lug it around or not. My point is we now have a super handy photography tool at our disposal, that we take everywhere, and capture the stories we want to tell, at any time.

Our recent market research shows over 70% of ON1 customers routinely capture photos they are proud of with their mobile phones and edit them on their computers. 47% of them have also purchased a new smartphone this year because of the on-board camera and photography features. These photos are then edited on both phones as well as desktop computers and tablets. The photos we are taking with our phones are just as important as the photos we take with our interchangeable lens cameras.

ON1 to be Synonymous with Your Photography.
Last fall, we announced development was underway on an all-new line of products. We often refer to it as the ON1 Ecosystem that extends ON1 Photo RAW on the desktop with a new mobile app to capture and edit anytime, and a new service to synchronize your photos and edits across all your computers and devices. It also adds ON1 Video for combining your photos and videos to tell stories in a new way. All of these projects are the primary focus of the development team. Soon you will start to see videos and in-depth updates of our progress on these new apps right here.

The Updates You Want.
Here is an update on the progress we are making. First, the ON1 Photo Mobile app is stood-up on both iOS and Android. The camera mode is coming along nicely. It can capture raw as well as jpg/heic. All the manual controls are there too. You can adjust the exposure, shutter speed, iso, and balance. Autofocus or manual focus? Check. You can even select which lens if you have multiple lenses. Our core raw editing is in place, as well. You can open a photo you have captured and adjust the same stuff you do in ON1 Photo RAW, like exposure, shadows, highlights, color, noise reduction, etc. We are starting work on features like the focus overlays and adding effects like BW and vignette. There is still lots of stuff to come and the progress has been great.

A photo I captured with the new ON1 Photo Mobile app.
Another photo I captured with the new ON1 Photo Mobile app.

The ON1 Sync service is even farther along. By the time you read this, some lucky customers will also have the opportunity to be testing it. ON1 Sync will break down the barriers between your computers and devices. Your photos can live on any computer you want, but be visible and editable on any other computer or mobile device. It won’t require you to store your original photos in the cloud to do this. The ON1 team has spent a ton of time over the past months talking to photographers to make sure we get this right.

Through customer feedback, we quickly learned using third-party storage providers like Google Drive and Dropbox wasn’t going to work for a majority of customers. Those services are far too slow, which makes the experience a nightmare. These performance issues led us to build our storage platform to make a fast, turn-key ON1 experience, all while maintaining your privacy. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to ON1. By using this service, we will not have permission to use your photos for image analysis or use/share your information for any sort of marketing purposes.

We will also give customers a choice in how they want to use this service. The option to store original photos in the cloud or the ability to store a smaller preview photo will be available. The smaller preview option will be more like a compressed raw file. It still has all the detail and tonal range of the original but takes up a fraction of the storage space.

Just today, I pushed thirty thousand of my photos from my desktop computer to ON1 Sync. They all show up on my laptop and my other desktop computer. I can browse them just like they are on that computer. I can search, rate, change metadata, and they all stay in-sync. The part that blows me away is that I can edit the photo, non-destructively using all of the tools in ON1 Photo RAW, and they stay in-sync. It’s practically instantaneous to update the same photo on the other two computers as well. It’s super convenient for me. I don’t have room to carry those thirty thousand photos on my laptop, but I can see and edit them now.

What about ON1 Video? This exciting new product is progressing as well. We can now assemble video clips, trim them, adjust them with the raw-processing adjustments you already know. We are currently working on timelapse and slideshow features that will seamlessly integrate with ON1 Photo RAW.

New Update for ON1 Photo RAW 2020 – Coming Soon.
All of this work means we aren’t working on Photo RAW 2020, right? Wrong. We will be releasing a free update (just around the corner), which adds an all-new algorithm for highlight recovery. It now maintains the hue in the highlights rather than just desaturating them. The results are amazing!

Original photo.
Highlight recovery in Lightroom Classic.
Highlight recovery in ON1 Photo RAW 2020.1.

This update will also include significant improvements to the new Maps view and focus stacking. We are also working on making the difference between cataloged folders and simple browsing more obvious. Searching is getting easier. We have also added a new mode for editing a single photo. Just drag and drop a photo to go straight into editing and then save out a finished file. This single image workflow will make it easier for occasional users and for integrating it with other applications and workflows. Plus, it will have the usual plethora of new cameras, lenses, and bug fixes. Again this update is free and will be available soon.

We also have some groundbreaking new features planned for the fall, but it’s a little early to share those just yet, but stay tuned. If I were a betting man, they will be super intelligent. Almost as though a machine was learning and editing for you. Maybe not that far, but hopefully, you get the joke.

I promise to keep you abreast of our progress throughout the year by sharing detailed updates and videos of the apps in action. As always, share your thoughts with us. Tell us what you look forward to and what you need these apps to do. Ask questions. Thanks for being an ON1 customer. For those of you who aren’t yet an ON1 customer, I would encourage you to come aboard now as there has never been a more exciting time. Cheers – Dano


73 comments on “An Update to Our 2020 Roadmap”

  1. On February 11, 2020 at 11:15 am RICHARD KENNEDY wrote:

    Looking forward to the on1 mobile and sync. Pricing will obviously be a consideration but as a new on1 customer I am confident it will be a quality product

    1. On February 19, 2020 at 6:28 pm John McCarthy replied:

      With you Richard. I purchased Affinity for my iPad but looking forward to seeing what On1 comes up with – esp multi-device access.

  2. On February 11, 2020 at 11:48 am lawrence.duhon wrote:

    Will lens corrections profile for Canon RF lenses be a part of the 2020.1 update? I really miss having that automatic correction applied to my RF lens!

    1. On February 22, 2020 at 12:18 am Brian Gibson replied:

      I think the lens correction profiles in general are woefully lacking, plus there doesn’t seem to be a means of manual correction.

      1. On February 22, 2020 at 7:16 am Michael Anderson replied:

        Lens correction should be made to be automatic for those raw files that contain correction data. That is already done by Adobe.

      2. On February 24, 2020 at 2:51 am Brian Gibson replied:

        I have several manual lenses (Samyang, 7Artisans) that have no electronic contacts and do not generate any EXIF information. Apart from the fact that no profiles exist for these lenses in the lens database, there is also no means of applying manual correction.

  3. On February 11, 2020 at 12:15 pm Renee Vallieres wrote:

    This is great news ,can’t wait !

  4. On February 11, 2020 at 12:53 pm John Crowley wrote:

    Excited about the SYNC product. Regarding the Mobile App – Camera mode: How far back in iPhone models will this be available. I have a 6S running the current iOS level. Or will it just be for the more recent iPhone models?

    1. On February 19, 2020 at 11:32 am Dan Harlacher replied:

      It will require iOS 11 and should work all the way back to the iPhone 5s.

      1. On February 19, 2020 at 6:28 pm John McCarthy replied:

        Great!

  5. On February 11, 2020 at 2:42 pm Jessica Leslie wrote:

    You guys are constantly working to improve the product(s). I am amazed at the pace you have maintained in making things better. In fact, I’m getting worried that you may be leaving me behind!! I am having a hard time trying all the new improvements. (That’s a good thing, BTW.) Thanks for all you do and a double thanks for keeping us informed. I will continue to recommend you to all my friends.

  6. On February 12, 2020 at 12:01 am David Harris wrote:

    I’m going to have to learn more about Sync and store service. It all just keeps getting better and better. You already provide more training than I can keep up with and that’s a good thing. Thanks for not getting complacent or sitting still.

  7. On February 12, 2020 at 6:30 am Carolyn A Woodard wrote:

    I can’t wait to see what you have to offer and how affordable and convenient it will be.

  8. On February 12, 2020 at 8:58 am Robin Hatton wrote:

    I would love to see On1photoraw do like Lumanr4 did with a AI sky replacement. That would be a game changer for you. Hoping to see something in the future.??

    1. On February 15, 2020 at 1:30 am Russell Webb replied:

      Hi, Trouble with On1 and other companies is that a request like yours (Sky Replacement) would not be an additional free upgrade, same as the request by many for the colour profiles with the colourchecker, On1 added what Lightroom has had for many years but only for those who bought the upgrade to 2020 so sky replacement and IMO will maybe come the same way, as a paid upgrade in 2021?

      1. On February 26, 2020 at 10:05 am Michael Schrijnder replied:

        Hi Russel,

        With all due respect I do agree and disagree.
        If you buy a new car, it will get older. New models will be developed and come out, but you have to buy the new model. Same goes for new functionality within ON1 PR. This is what happens when you “own” things. BTW: within the year of purchase you will get updates for free, which include bug-fixes, lens profiles but also new functionality etc.
        ON1 offers the ON1 Plus membership, which is a sort of same type of membership as the monthly plan that Adobe (for example) has: you get all the latest greatest, but you have to pay monthly/yearly. One difference between ON1 and Adobe: the membership program delivers a plethora of training materials and loyalty rewards, photo critiques, webinars, but also influence in the product feature request etc. As many mention here the materials are being made in such a tempo you must do your best to keep up (which is excellent).

        With kind regards

      2. On March 3, 2020 at 3:12 pm Rob Williams replied:

        Sky replacement wasn’t a free upgrade with Luminar either. You had to upgrade to Luminar 4 which cost existing members money.
        This is why it makes little difference if you go the subscription method or “just own the software” if you are the type of person who upgrades to the latest and greatest all the time.

        Clearly On1 will be introducing a subscription for the sync service, wonder what else they’ll do for subscription prices.

    2. On March 10, 2020 at 8:47 pm William Bentley replied:

      I recently did a sky replacement in RAW2020 using the Textures filter and a mask. Worked quick and perfect for me. It doesn’t have the auto-detect feature that L4 has, but one usually needs to do some manual tweaking anyways.

  9. On February 12, 2020 at 10:52 am Gerry Fraiberg wrote:

    Highlight Recovery looks awesome. I can’t wait to try it.
    The team is doing some amazing engineering.
    I’m glad I found ON1 when looking to replace LR last fall.
    Keep up the great work!

    1. On February 15, 2020 at 3:58 am Gyorgy Kenez replied:

      Though it is okay with On1 but for those who have OGL 3+ video card. The development team insist that those who don’t have cannot use the software. However, LR _can_ use the advanced features of a video card, but it isn’t a must to hav. Without the video features it works great on my old laptop with a powerful processor…

      1. On February 24, 2020 at 2:02 pm Dan Harlacher replied:

        When we moved from Perfect Photo Suite to ON1 Photo RAW back in 2016 we made the decision to require OpenGL 3.3. In order to do the kind of non-destructive editing with multiple layers and having real-time adjustments low in the rendering pipeline it’s the only way to make it fast enough to work. OpenGL 3.3 isn’t cutting edge by any means, in fact it has been available for a decade now.

    2. On February 24, 2020 at 2:56 am Brian Gibson replied:

      I already think the highlight recovery in ON1 is one of the best availble, and the reason I adopted On1, having previously used LR.
      I really look forward to seeing the development in Highlight Recovery.

  10. On February 13, 2020 at 6:25 am Robert Benyon wrote:

    Highlight recovery looks quite good. But using the Linear RAW profile already provides better recovery than any of the ON1 camera profiles. I hope for AI noise reduction like Topaz AI clear because the trend is now towards compact cameras with crop sensors – hence noisier.

  11. On February 13, 2020 at 6:30 am Robert Benyon wrote:

    I also agree with Robin above that auto sky replacement. This implies ON1 would then have better auto masking in general to extend beyond sky replacement.

  12. On February 13, 2020 at 4:37 pm Petr Krenzelok wrote:

    We have stopped using cataloging some time ago, as we don’t need it, and we are ok with just per folder search. But we miss the ability to just have those favourite folders, just without the need to catalogue.
    As for single image editing, it would be nice, if on1 would allow pasting a file from the clipboard.
    Hilight recovery looks really nicely! I hope, that on1 continues the route, and we will get some AI masking improvements, as easy object isolation is crucial. In such sense, multiple color range masks would be really nice, to mask gradients of particular colors more easily.

  13. On February 13, 2020 at 5:43 pm evavangorsel wrote:

    Excellent development. I can’t wait – I have so been looking forward to this… Thanks so much.

  14. On February 13, 2020 at 6:18 pm Alan Smallbone wrote:

    All sounds good and I have been a loyal user for a long time. However I would like to caution that with the AI stuff at the long end of things is not at the expense of the controls that you give use now. I would like the option of one or the other. I am not so enamored with some of the AI issues that I have seen so far. So add, but do not subract features for the expense of AI. Just my $0.02 worth.

  15. On February 14, 2020 at 10:43 am Charles Maclauchlan wrote:

    How’s Sync coming? With Catalina upgrade, Aperture is really done so looking for an asset manager. Photos has a sweet shared folder setup and 2x the cloud storage ain’t bad but it’s not an asset manager. LR of course ties you into their way and it’s all or nothing with the cloud.

  16. On February 15, 2020 at 8:17 am Andy wrote:

    I really hope you get the balance of AI and performance right and still allow us to still have full over our edits. Skylum have not done this with Luminar 4 and I’d hate to see you guys make the same mistakes they have.

    1. On February 15, 2020 at 8:18 am Andy replied:

      Full CONTROL over our edits that is!

  17. On February 17, 2020 at 4:57 pm tedd dunham wrote:

    All sounds great! really looking forward to the mobile app. Any word on SmugMug integration?

    1. On February 24, 2020 at 2:23 pm Dan Harlacher replied:

      We added SmugMug integration with 2020!

  18. On February 18, 2020 at 11:54 am Joao Coelho wrote:

    Not clear: will the video app be bundled with Photo RAW or is it a separate product we’ll need to purchase?

    1. On February 18, 2020 at 1:46 pm Patrick Smith replied:

      It will be a separate product from ON1 Photo RAW.

  19. On February 20, 2020 at 6:26 am Brad Carlson wrote:

    I am completely stoked about Sync! My biggest concern is when files move, what happens? Say from my phone to the laptop then to an external drive that is only connected when the laptop is in the office. Or maybe from an external drive on the go to the laptop to the cloud.

  20. On February 21, 2020 at 4:44 pm Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Sync? Extremely useful and exciting. Lack of progress on PR 2020 such as improved NR, context aware fill, and other desperately needed updates… extremely disappointing.

    1. On February 24, 2020 at 2:22 pm Dan Harlacher replied:

      We did improve NR with 2020 and the Perfect Eraser does use content aware technology. We are working on improving both even more.

  21. On February 22, 2020 at 12:22 am Brian Gibson wrote:

    There needs to be a major improvement in the file “Import” function.
    Lightroom has it exactly right but for me On1 is unuseable.
    I import my images using “drag and drop” in Windows file manager.

    1. On February 22, 2020 at 7:18 am Michael Anderson replied:

      Fully agreed. The list of variable names for naming/renaming destination folders and image files is woefully lacking compared to Adobe, Capture One, Photo Mechanic and others.

  22. On February 23, 2020 at 10:27 pm A M W Bacon wrote:

    A subscription option please.

  23. On February 24, 2020 at 1:27 am David Hirst wrote:

    Looking forward to the new features but most important to me is when will tethering be available for Sony cameras.

    1. On February 24, 2020 at 2:21 pm Dan Harlacher replied:

      Sony has just announced an SDK for tethered shooting, but it is only for Windows and like two cameras. It will be awhile until they have a more mature version that we will add.

  24. On February 24, 2020 at 2:14 am Bruce Webb wrote:

    I sincerely hope that you are not using Google as the mapping platform and have aligned yourselves with HERE who provide what has to be the best platform available, Google comes in second to these guys.

    It would also be advantageous to support What3Words, this removes the reliance on addresses etc and makes geolocation a lot easier for the user.

    1. On February 24, 2020 at 3:03 am Brian Gibson replied:

      I think the mapping option could be greatly improved.
      For those of us who don’t live on the West coast of the US it becomes very tedious to have to scroll and zoom around the map in order to find a location every time the map view is invoked.
      If the map could be made “sticky” and hold the last used area it would be a start.

      1. On February 24, 2020 at 2:20 pm Dan Harlacher replied:

        The map will show the coordinates for the currently selected photo. If the current photo doesn’t have any coordinates, it will default to the last place it looked.

  25. On February 24, 2020 at 2:15 am Detlev Piel wrote:

    Is there perhaps a work-around somewhere for photo stacking in ON1 ?
    Would love to read it.
    Thanks in advance.
    Detlev

    1. On February 24, 2020 at 2:34 pm Dan Harlacher replied:

      If you mean a way to group similar shots together, I just select them, right click and create a sub-folder. It will put them into a subfolder and name it based on the photos. Because we show they subfolder with a thumbnail, it works just like stacks in Lightroom, except they will be “stacked” in all other apps too.

  26. On February 24, 2020 at 5:36 am Malcolm Thornton wrote:

    I know many are excited about the mobile product and syncing, but I am somewhat apprehensive about it. I have watched this scenario play out with Adobe with Lightroom, which ended up in two completely separate LR products that don’t work particularly well together (and that Adobe themselves say should not both be used as part of your workflow). Also using the new LR framework requires all your images to be in the cloud (at a monthly cost), with no locally controlled storage option. Despite Adobe claiming that having both products wouldn’t impact the desktop product, they haven’t added many significant updates to Lightroom Classic in a while (lots of minor ones, but nothing that really positively improves workflow or expanded capability). As such I’m a little concerned that ON1 doesn’t proceed down the same path. I’m a big fan of ON1, but I hope chasing that mobile photography workflow space doesn’t change the core product and future capabilities for those those that prefer the quality of large glass and sensor image capturing.

    1. On February 24, 2020 at 2:18 pm Dan Harlacher replied:

      You are exactly right! The comparison of the differences between the two Adobe offerings is core to what we have made our decisions on ON Sync with. I think you will be happy with the results. We will have more to show soon.

    2. On February 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm William Westerhoff replied:

      My thoughts EXACTLY !!!

      Bill

  27. On February 24, 2020 at 6:00 am Elizabeth King wrote:

    While I’d like to be able to grab photos from my desktop to upload to Instagram or such, I’d hope that Sync and any editing on my phone will let me save versions in addition to the original on my computer and not save over them. Little details are simply not visible on a 5″ screen. Also, while I do use my phone to grab shots when I didn’t take a real camera, I still shoot with cameras up to 5×7 and have no plans to replace my desktop with my phone.

  28. On February 24, 2020 at 6:04 am Dan Wilder wrote:

    Will the new mobile products be limited to the IOS platform?

    1. On February 24, 2020 at 1:59 pm Patrick Smith replied:

      No, they will also be on Android.

  29. On February 24, 2020 at 7:51 am Robert Benyon wrote:

    I support the commenters above who want full control over edits as well as a choice of leaving it to AI to decide. I use Luminar 4 and regret they have gone over to less manual control of their effects – although their sky replacement is brilliant.

  30. On February 24, 2020 at 7:55 am Robert Benyon wrote:

    …but their masking tools are in the stone age compare to ON1 PR. I would also like a proper HSL control for replacing colours like in Affinity Photo to improve on the way ON1 does it in Local Adjustments which is too imprecise.

    1. On February 24, 2020 at 9:41 am Luis Mederos replied:

      I agree HSL similar to Affinity would be an improvement!

      1. On February 24, 2020 at 2:16 pm Dan Harlacher replied:

        Which filter are you referring to in Luminar? Have you tried the Color Adjustment filter in Effects? It offers HSL adjustments to target a color range and change it.

  31. On February 24, 2020 at 3:44 pm Brad Cherson wrote:

    i still don’t quite comprehend the file/flow using lightroom as the catalog and ON1 as the editing…can you have one of the staff do some sort of flow chart for the different file options
    i.e. within LR and doing this outside of lightroom
    Also, why do i get the on 1 icon on my hard drive for images added in LR….
    thanks,

    1. On March 10, 2020 at 8:57 pm William Bentley replied:

      Hi Brad. I’m not with OnOne but I can say that I use Lightroom for image import, cataloging and sometimes basic edits. I use RAW2020 as a LR plug-in, similar to Photoshop or Nik. The workflow is simple and works perfectly imo.

  32. On February 25, 2020 at 4:53 am Volker Gottwald wrote:

    Will the improved focus stacking allow for more than 14 photos at a time in one go? Probably unlimited number?

  33. On February 26, 2020 at 10:40 am Michael Schrijnder wrote:

    I very much look forward for the improved highlight recovery (landscape photographer). Depending on costs and architecture (how to setup my workflow) I might be interested in the ON1 Sync. Important for me is ownership and no permissions for the organization storing my data. Important to me is that my data will be stored in EU territory for protection of my data. I agree that Phone photos are important for historical reasons and emotional reasons, but I do not expect it to replace my “real” camera. So backup features for these photos would be interesting.
    One small, and maybe for others, trivial request: can we please get back the “smart albums”, please 🙂 (or somebody explaining to me how it works now), because I have multiple steps to do to find the photos I look for and with smart albums it was just setting it up and then a single click every time.

  34. On February 29, 2020 at 3:51 am Lee Crampton wrote:

    Wicked! Can’t wait. I am still learning (and purchasing) multiple photography software products and guess one day I might settle on just the one (or one suite at least) so the potential race is on (ON1, DXO, LUMINAR, ADOBE and scores of mobile apps). I really like what you are all doing at ON1 and I love the roadmap update especially. Thanks.

  35. On February 29, 2020 at 7:05 am Michael Anderson wrote:

    I see two major use cases for the Mobile app:

    1-Images taken with phone or tablet: The app is a software camera controller that lets you adjust many camera parameters such as WD, focus points, metering,…etc. The second main function is then to offer the same image editing capabilities as on desktop PR 20. Mobile can then hand off images to Sync.

    2-Images taken on external camera: Images are taken on external mirrored or mirrorless camera and them imported into the phone/tablet. The Mobile app then offers the same image editing capabilities as on desktop PR 20. Mobile can then hand off images to Sync. Personally this is the use case I would use the vast majority of the time. It lets my iPad Pro replace any need for a MacBook in the field.

  36. On March 2, 2020 at 11:01 am Earl Hockin wrote:

    Will the mobile app allow me to edit Raw and or JPEG photos on my Samsung Galaxy Tab A running Android 7.1.1?

  37. On March 2, 2020 at 2:28 pm Jim schmedding wrote:

    On1 sync storage will you you have access from other programs (Adobe, Capture One, Topaz or Luminar) for your file?

  38. On March 4, 2020 at 1:51 pm eric jones wrote:

    mobile app, what versions of android are supported ?
    I have android 6.0 ” LG G3″
    Also.. iPad 6th gen software 13.3.1

  39. On March 4, 2020 at 11:55 pm Stewart Robertson wrote:

    The the mobile app have the same editing functions as ON1 Raw 2020?

  40. On March 6, 2020 at 5:05 pm George Seremetis wrote:

    Is there an ETA on the Highlight recovery update?

  41. On March 8, 2020 at 11:22 pm Marius Müller wrote:

    Support of ORI raw files would be desired.
    Forces me to not use the import functions and split my workflow.

    Sorry for the double post 🙃

  42. On March 13, 2020 at 9:24 pm Larry Jordan wrote:

    I am looking forward to all of this.

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