ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Availability – Update

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Since we first announced the ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Beta, we’ve been committed to fixing as many issues reported by customers as possible before the final release goes out our doors. Our original goal was to deliver the final release to our customers at the end of October. However, we’ve had a tremendous response to our beta program. Your feedback has led us to tweak and improve many features as well as identify new bugs.

There are a few outstanding issues we want to resolve to ensure that version 2018 is of the highest quality. Unfortunately, this means we need a few more days to address the issues for the final release. We are currently targeted for the end of next week.

Here is a quick overview of the work remaining before the final release:

  • mac-OS High Sierra bugs – High Sierra has introduced several issues with NVIDIA video cards. This can cause a crash, blank preview or flickering. We have been working closely with Apple to resolve these issues.
  • Export Differences – There are some cases where the results exported do not match the preview window
  • Overall highlight recovery improvements
  • Improving readability on Windows High-DPI systems
  • Continuing to improve alignment and deghosting with HDR

When is the official release?
At the time of this post, the final release is estimated to be towards the end of next week. This estimate is based on the number of reported issues remaining and fixes we are implementing.

What if I pre-ordered?
If you pre-ordered Photo RAW 2018, or if you’re an active ON1 Plus Pro member, you will receive the final release in your ON1 account as soon as it becomes available. The announcement will be posted on our blog and on social media, and an email notification will be sent to all Photo RAW 2018 owners with a link to download the final release. You’ll also get the three bonus video courses covering HDR, Pano, and Masking at that time.

As a thank you for your patience, all those who pre-ordered and all ON1 Plus Pro members will receive an additional course later this year at no charge: Mastering Black & White Photography & Editing with Dan Harlacher ($50 value). It will include B&W shooting and editing tips for ON1 Photo RAW 2018.

Will the introductory upgrade price be extended?
Yes, we are extending the pre-order upgrade sale until the final release becomes available. Anyone who upgrades before the release date will get the introductory upgrade price ($79.99) and the three RAW 2018 video courses, plus the B&W course later this year.

Can I use Beta 3 today and will the final release install over it when it is available?
Absolutely, continue to use Beta 3 and when the final release becomes available, the software will automatically notify you it is available for download. All your preset, settings, preferences, etc. will automatically transfer from the beta product to the final version.

Thanks to everyone who downloaded the Photo RAW 2018 Beta and provided feedback. We’ve seen an incredible response from the ON1 community and cannot thank you enough for your support.

34 comments on “ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Availability – Update”

  1. On October 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm marc labro wrote:

    No problem, we all know you are working hard to deliver a amazing product
    beta3 is already really nice, just the texts “develop”,… a little small for my eyes :-)

    marc

  2. On October 31, 2017 at 12:22 am Manuel Lopez wrote:

    On1 development team. Take the time to make it right. I rather have my stress factor go up and down during Beta than during the final production version. Thanks.

  3. On October 31, 2017 at 3:24 am Clint Burkinshaw wrote:

    Excellent release guys. I really love the Beta. I’m on the edge of wanting to switch from Lightroom, but there’s just a few things holding me back. I have 13 years of photographs cataloged in Lightroom, from over 80 countries… I’ve been stacking my photographs the entire time, to keep related photos grouped (different exposures, panoramas) together. The other thing is that I have tens of thousands of photographs edited in Lightroom. I can’t have them all being burnt as brand new photograph with permanent changes, when I convert. That’s hundreds of GBs of extra photographs that are going to be rogue in my folder structure. Many from the early days that haven’t been named properly. Is there any hope that these things may be integrated into the migration process in the future? I just can’t switch without these 2 critical issues being addressed.

    But on a positive note, I really love the direction On1 is heading. Brilliant software and absolute worthy of a purchase (and accolades it’s getting these days)!!!

    1. On October 31, 2017 at 7:41 am Sunny Archibald replied:

      You don’t have to have new jpgs or tiffs burned, though if you do, they won’t be rogue – they’ll be sitting nicely next to the original in your folder structure with the word “Export” appended. As to the stacks – no clue,
      except to use Keywords on them for easy filtering. Good luck. I made the switch about a month ago and haven’t looked back.

    2. On October 31, 2017 at 2:49 pm Patrick Smith replied:

      Thanks for posting Clint. Each of what you explained above is on our radar. Once we know what it will take to make this happen, we will post more information about our path forward right here on the blog

      1. On November 1, 2017 at 3:53 am Clint Burkinshaw replied:

        Thanks so much for responding Patrick. That sounds very promising. To be honest, I’m probably going to purchase the software anyhow :-) My end goal would be to be using On1 without the need to use Lightroom at the same time.

        Keep up the fantastic work with the On1 team, and I shall keep a keen on on this space!!!

  4. On October 31, 2017 at 4:24 am Issam Elayoubi wrote:

    I am currently using Beta 3 30 days trial. Do I buy an upgrade for $79 or do I have to pay the full $119? Forgive my age, I’m a senior and new to ON1. I find it fascinating and simple to use. I still manage to confuse myself, sometimes, but I believe I’ll learn with more practice and youtube training videos. Your advise is very much appreciated.

    1. On October 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm Patrick Smith replied:

      No problem! If you own a previous version go ahead and choose the upgrade path. If you do not, the full version is what you will want to purchase. Once you purchase, you will always get the lower upgrade price from then on.

  5. On October 31, 2017 at 4:43 am Peter Pfeiffer wrote:

    Wonderful! Please take the time to address the reported bugs … it’s much preferable to get it right in camera than to fix it in post as the saying goes; or in my line of work we sarcastically state that there’s always enough time to fix it the second time!

    I’m really liking 2018 beta so far.

  6. On October 31, 2017 at 4:44 am Kenneth Day wrote:

    Great work guys keep it up, your efforts to produce a quality product are greatly appreciated. I am loving what I am seeing. Is tethering a likelihood for the future?

  7. On October 31, 2017 at 6:09 am Colin Grant wrote:

    Great work. Would rather have an even better release :-) My Beta 2018 runs out in 6 days, will it be extended so I can use it up until release?

  8. On October 31, 2017 at 11:07 am James Lingenfelter wrote:

    You guys are doing a great job. I have been having good results with the beta versions and over the weekend I used the beta3 version to process a little over 300 photos all with without any problems. I installed the update from yesterday (10/30) and thought I had a problem in Layers but I think I caused it myself. I had processed a shot in Develop then wanted to remove a little bit of red eye so I had to take it into Layers to have access to the “Red Eye” tool. The red eye tool worked fine but when I went int Effects to finish up I had just a black work area but the thumbnail in the Navigator showed OK. I wasn’e sure what was wrong so I went into Browse and selected another picture and had the same black work area in both Develop and Effects. I decided to check something so I reopened the original picture I was working on when I used the red eye tool and got the same black area so I took it back into Layers and the picture was there just as it should be. I believe what I did wrong was that I didn’t click on the “Save” or “Cancel” buttons in Layers befor I went into Effects originally. I clicked on “Save” then went into Effects and all was well again. So I believe the program was working properly and I just got ahead of myself jumping into Effects without the Save in Layers first. I only bring this uo in case someone else might have had the same type problem and thought it was a program glitch. I had put in a suggestion awhile back requesting that the “Red Eye” tool be available in the Develop and Effects modules too in order to not create a PSD file I didn’t need just to fix red eye. I hope it will be added at some time in the future. Regardless, I still really love working with the RAW 2018 program and I use it all the time now. Once again, it’s a great program and your doing a great job developing it. You’ve got a real winner here.

  9. On October 31, 2017 at 11:46 am Robert Barr wrote:

    Thanks for the update. I don’t mind waiting another week or two for a better product. I never see it listed in your update list, but I hope you are working on fixing memory usage. It has been a problem for me all through the beta release (actually since v.2017.6.) I have reported details to you several time so hopefully it is being worked on.

  10. On October 31, 2017 at 11:53 am Pamela Reed wrote:

    Quick question. Is there a method to SEE whats being sync’d? ie: syncing files during post. Like lightroom. Also is there a way to adjust what metadata goes with the file? Again like lightroom. I am really liking what Ive work with do far. Really powerful.

  11. On October 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm Martin Cregg wrote:

    The transparency here is refreshing… Based on that – I’m going to go ahead and pre-order. Great job, Dan!

  12. On October 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm Michael Anderson wrote:

    I agree that NVIDIA video is very bad. But HDR still has problems. I sent in a new crash report today.

    1. On October 31, 2017 at 1:38 pm Brian Tucker replied:

      It’s possible that it’s more of an Apple issue than an NVIDIA issue, as I am having no problems with my NVIDIA processors on my Windows machines. (Of course I am assuming you are using NVIDIA on a Mac, and I may be wrong about that).

  13. On October 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm Brian Tucker wrote:

    OPR 2018 Beta 3 is much more stable on my Windows machines than the initial release of OPR 2017 where I had the feeling you (ON1) were more committed to the release date than to delivering a stable product. I am *much* happier with your current approach and would certainly be happy to have the best product you are able to deliver than a product that disappoints in order to meet an announced delivery date. Take the time you need to get it right, no apologies necessary :-). I’m loving what I’m seeing so far and am very glad the issue of “Improving readability on Windows High-DPI systems” is on the list of issues you are focusing on, which for me as a Surface Pro user includes the hope that I will be able to make the side panels smaller so that the image space can utilize more of the screen. Keep up the good work, and thanks! (Adobe could learn a lot from ON1 about respect for the customers’ needs and input).

  14. On October 31, 2017 at 1:40 pm David Price wrote:

    I’ll add my voice to the, ‘please take a little more time, and get it right,’ chorus.

    Looking forward to the launch, and waiting almost patiently.. :)

  15. On November 1, 2017 at 1:46 am IÑAKI ERAUSKIN wrote:

    You are doing a great job. Congratulations!
    I want to make a proposal for the final version of ON1 PHOTO RAW:
    I would be happy if ON1 PR 2018 supports the assignment of camera profiles. I currently do it with Colorchecker Passport in Lightroom 6.

  16. On November 1, 2017 at 2:19 am David Neuhauser wrote:

    Any chance we will get a android app and social media export on windows version?

    1. On November 1, 2017 at 5:03 am Brian Tucker replied:

      I’ll second that question! Android arguably has a bigger chunk of the smartphone market than iOS and Windows is becoming a more desirable platform for many creatives than ever before (think Surface Studio and touch support on large screens). Speaking of which, OPR 2018 does not respond well to touch (LR does a much better job in that regard), and I am eager to ditch LR given Adobe’s current direction and my perception in their lack of commitment to listening to their customers’ needs.

  17. On November 1, 2017 at 2:45 am Thomas Stöbe wrote:

    Thanks for your great work and please, take your time to give us the quality we and you are happy with.

  18. On November 1, 2017 at 6:17 am Daki Heuvelink wrote:

    Having tried so many programs I must say you have done a tremendous job with On1
    Thanks to all of you!

  19. On November 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm Martin Hull wrote:

    I’m already a plus member. For the price of the upgrade, it is equal to the price of me waiting till next Spring and change to Plus Pro. Wish you had a pro-rate membership plan for switching. :)

  20. On November 2, 2017 at 5:33 am Mike Washington wrote:

    I am currently beta testing Raw 2018, hoping to have it included with my plus membership. What if my current plus membership runs out prior, due to the delay in the final release?

    1. On November 3, 2017 at 10:17 am Nathan Keudell replied:

      Hey Mike, As a Plus Pro member, Photo RAW 2018 added to your account at the beginning of October. You own it forever regardless of your membership status. We’ve got a ton of awesome stuff planned for Plus next year, check it out: www.on1.com/blog/…-on1-plus/

  21. On November 2, 2017 at 5:44 am Phil McCleary wrote:

    Thanks for being thorough in your Photo RAW 2018 development. We as users really appreciate it and are willing to be patient for the best quality product. It shows that you care about the software as well as users. Keep up the good work!

  22. On November 8, 2017 at 5:17 pm Devon Etherton wrote:

    I’m in the middle of a computer build and am doing it as my money permits. I’m close to having it all done. I’d like to know if I can pre-order the upgrade and not download it until I’m 100% on my new computer?

  23. On November 9, 2017 at 6:34 am Jack Loan wrote:

    I can not purchase without Camera Profiles as in LR, as I photograph repro art.
    Beta 4 does not appear as a plugin to LR6.
    looking forward to tethering in the future.
    Keep up the good work

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