October 17, 2017 | 13203 Views | By Dan Harlacher
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 (18.104.22.16856). 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