October 17, 2017 | 13203 Views | By Dan Harlacher

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Beta 2 Available!

We are excited to announce the immediate availability of ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Beta 2. The excitement and feedback we’ve received from the ON1 community has been tremendous. Thanks to everyone involved in helping us build the best ON1 product yet. You can download ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Beta 2 here.

We’ve received over 1,000 feedback notes. Beta 2 includes a ton of bug fixes and a handful of enhancements recommended from you guys. We really appreciate the candid feedback from the community. It’s your feedback that has driven a lot of these enhancements.
Here are some of the biggest fixes and enhancements in ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Beta 2 ( The full release notes can be found here.

  • Reduced the preflight requirements for HDR — You can now use different ISOs and mix changes in shutter-speed and ISO in your HDR brackets. We will also let photos without metadata through as well, such as manual focus lenses or lenses used in an adapter.
  • New Default Looks for HDR — When you use ON1 HDR the first time you can choose your default HDR processing preference. This tunes the initial settings to your preference. You can always change this preference in the Default Look pop-up. We continue to improve the HDR algorithms as well.
  • Pano Exposure Compensation — We now detect and try to compensate for exposure differences between frames in a panorama shot in automatic modes. We are finding this works pretty well most of the time. We still have work to do to correct for white balance issues as well as extreme edge fall-off from some lenses. It’s always best to shoot on a tripod, overlap your photos 30% and shoot in manual on a consistent white balance. Also shoot with your lens stopped-down to reduce edge fall off. You can adjust your frames and turn on lens correction before using Panorama as well.
  • Name Filters and Adjustment Layers — You can now double-click on a filter name in Effects or an Adjustment Layer and add your own label as a prefix. This is handy to identify the purpose of a layer such as Sky or Water, or Skin and Eyes.
  • Crash on Export — There was a nasty crash when exporting (or going to Layers, Resize, Print, Share, Send to, etc.) that could occur after using a retouching tool.
  • Pink HDR Files from Fuji XTrans Cameras — We had a ton of feedback from Fujifilm camera users who had a pink cast when using the new HDR feature.
  • Midtones Slider — We renamed and moved the new Brightness slider to the Midtones slider. This adjusts the midtone brightness and is handy for adjusting HDR photos.
  • Tuned Advanced Masking — We have improved the new Window and Color Range masking options to select and feather ranges better.

Finally, here are some of the other issues we will address in the next beta releases.

  • Brushing and panning speed
  • Improved highlights
  • Improved HDR alignment
  • Larger Icon and text size
  • Longer term improvements to pano for blending mis-matches
  • Opening really large files – 30K pixels plus
  • Mac OSX 10.13 graphics issues

We are committed to fixing each of the issues reported by the community before the final release goes out our doors. Please download ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Beta 2 and continue sending your feedback.

8 comments on “ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Beta 2 Available!”

  1. On October 17, 2017 at 7:32 pm Rodney wrote:


    I’ve just tried HDR with X-Trans files and it works well. Aurora HDR was driving me crazy with it’s slow speed on windows (just scrolling through the filters can lag by up to 30 secs) while the ON1 processing is good.
    I also like the ability to rename adjustment layers.

  2. On October 18, 2017 at 1:52 am Steven Dempsey wrote:

    Steven Dempsey

    Fantastic. I’ve worked with this new beta for a few hours and it appears very robust in my tests. No more issues with my Fuji files for HDR conversion and some other issues have been dealt with (switching to Resize and exporting). Being able to custom name effects layers is BIG! You guys should be commended for all of your attention to detail and hard work.

  3. On October 19, 2017 at 3:33 am Stu Eddins wrote:

    Stu Eddins

    Wow. Just, wow. I am very impressed with the responsiveness of the On1 team. I downloaded the 2018 Beta pretty much the day it was first available and soon noticed and reported a few issues. I had email responses from the On1 team within a day and resolution / answers very shortly after.
    I work for a tech company myself (web, not app) and I think that I have an idea how busy On1 developers and QA must be right now. Providing helpful responses in a timely manner truly indicates a high level of professionalism and customer care.

  4. On October 22, 2017 at 8:26 am Jeanne Girard wrote:

    Jeanne Girard

    I have been a loyal User of OnOne since 7.5. I have always preordered the update.However this time I am waiting UNTIL you finally have support for 2 monitors , as you promised there would be last year.
    I think your app is a marvelous alternative to photoshop and Light Room. I uninstalled LR6 from my Mac a year ago, and am using capture one. I also have your raw 2017..But until the inclusion of dual monitor support, this will be the first upgrade I am not buying as a preorder.

  5. On October 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm ed@grandbeachweddings.com wrote:


    Can you please fix the image display so the images look good in the edit area. Right now they do not it looks like a low-quality jpg with gradient problems. I can not use it like this.

  6. On October 25, 2017 at 5:00 am smalkov.v@gmail.com wrote:


    Gentlemen, make another Russian language and you will acquire thousands of grateful customers.
    Thank you for understanding.

  7. On October 25, 2017 at 5:02 am smalkov.v@gmail.com wrote:


    I really need support for work on 2 monitors! It is very convenient.
    When will this be implemented?

    1. On October 25, 2017 at 8:25 am Patrick Smith replied:

      Patrick Smith

      We hear you! It’s coming and will hopefully be a part of a free update in the coming months

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