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It’s never been faster to get your photos from your camera into ON1 Photo RAW 2018. A new feature coming soon in the ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1 update, Import, will allow you to download, back-up, rename and add metadata and photo settings all in one step. Import will detect any camera or memory card that you have connected to your computer and allow you to copy them to your computer (import them) into ON1 Photo RAW 2018.

Keep in mind the following two important notes.

  1. The Import dialogue box will not pop-up automatically. You will need to go to File > Import to access this feature.
  2. If you dread catalogs, importing, and other related tasks and just want to browse to your photos like you always have in ON1 Photo RAW this feature does NOT change the way you want to work. We are still a fast browser and that workflow will not change. You can simply download your photos from the Finder/Explorer and just point the Browse module to the photos to start working.

We know that the word “Import” is a loaded term for many Lightroom users. Some photographers hear the word import and simply think download while others think cataloging into a database and waiting. We have struggled with the right way to talk about the Import dialog. It’s main job is to copy photos from point A to point B. Point A could be a camera, a memory card, an external drive of just a folder on your computer. Point B can be anyplace as well. Along the way you can change the names, organize them, add metadata and a preset, etc. so you don’t have to do that stuff as separate steps in Browse afterwords (but you still can of course).

Using the Smart Import dialog doesn’t automatically mean you are cataloging the photos you are copying. It can of course do that if you are copying to a Cataloged Folder. We will watch the folder and remember the photos that are there and get all the metadata and previews so that browsing there is faster in future. However if your destination is not a Cataloged Folder, that’s cool too. Everything works the same, we just don’t watch that folder in the background.

Okay, I hope that explains how Smart Import works and how it relates to Cataloged Folders versus Importing into Lightroom and other catalog-only solutions. That said, we know how loaded the term “Import” is. So please help us name this feature so that it makes the most sense to you. Here are the top contenders, but you can add your own as well.

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28 comments on “Import”

  1. On January 19, 2018 at 6:49 pm edoverst wrote:

    Smart Import works for me.

    A small suggestion maybe to save time: if one chooses to Smart Import from a device onto a new folder on one’s system, how about a checkbox asking Photo Raw to catalog that new folder right after importing. One can of course always do that manually after he fact, but a checkbox as a reminder and a timesaver in the dialog box for Smart Import might be helpful for those of us older folks whose memories sometime maybe aren’t running on all cylinders all of the time ????

  2. On January 19, 2018 at 6:49 pm edoverst wrote:

    Smart Import works for me.

    A small suggestion maybe to save time: if one chooses to Smart Import from a device onto a new folder on one’s system, how about a checkbox asking Photo Raw to catalog that new folder right after importing. One can of course always do that manually after he fact, but a checkbox as a reminder and a timesaver in the dialog box for Smart Import might be helpful for those of us older folks whose memories sometime maybe aren’t running on all cylinders all of the time ????

  3. On January 19, 2018 at 10:15 pm marc labro wrote:

    nice feature !
    I have a question.
    if we import on a laptop with keywords,… and come back at home where we have a desktop.
    how do we copy images from laptop to desktop with a usb key ?
    are there xmp sidecar files we need to copy also ?

    with lightroom this operation is a nightmare combining catalogs every day after studio shoots in tether mode.

    marc

  4. On January 20, 2018 at 12:19 am Volker Gottwald wrote:

    For smart copy from the memory card, why not have an option in overall settings “automatically open ‘smart copy’ to import files? Yes or no”. This way users can select their preference.

    1. On January 20, 2018 at 12:45 am marc labro replied:

      hallo, this means that when you insert a card, it launches ON1 !
      in my case, currently, it launches lightroom

      marc

    2. On January 20, 2018 at 8:05 am David Price replied:

      Sounds like a good idea. However, in my case, such an option would be permanently set to ‘No’ …
      Can I also set it to ‘don’t launch ON1 when I connect either a camera or a memory card?’ …
      But, I will be very happy to use the other new features, to edit meta data, capture times, etc.
      And, I am over the moon to hear that softproofing will also be delivered.

  5. On January 20, 2018 at 5:41 am David Price wrote:

    Hi Dan

    It sounds like the new import option in Photo Raw is a completely different type of beast, from the one in Lightroom.

    ON1’s import option can be used to ‘import photographs/files’, and it can also be used to sort photos in a range of sophisticated ways. But, ON’s Users won’t be forced to use Smart Import to import their photos, unless they want to use it. ON1’s users are also going to be allowed to decide if and how they want to sort their own photos.

    Brilliant, I think that this is exactly what most of ON1 Users, (i.e. both the fans of Lightroom’s Import system and those who grew to loathe Lightroom’s import system), wanted to see in Photo Raw. Quite seriously, ‘Ten out of Ten’, for carefully negotiating a tricky issue and allowing individuals to use your product, in the way that works most effectively for them.

    As it imports stuff, the logical name for the new module/function is what it does, i.e. ‘Smart Import’.

    Best wishes, David Price.

    PS. You can never please everybody, but thank you for listening carefully to your customers.

  6. On January 20, 2018 at 6:30 am keith simpson wrote:

    An excellent addition to RAW 2018 and a feature that I will use each time that I want to download photos from an SD card and organise them by adding keywords, file names, folders etc. I suggest an option in Preferences to always open the Download window when RAW detects an SD card.

  7. On January 20, 2018 at 2:04 pm Oliver Schaper wrote:

    Having a “Convert to DNG / TIFF / Whatever” function during import would be great. I tend to convert my CR2 files to DNG using Adobe’s Converter and I would like to get rid of Adobe products. ;)

    1. On January 20, 2018 at 11:32 pm David Price replied:

      Surely converting Raw files to other formats, is the purpose of the Export function? Of course this comes after you have got the best out of them in Develop and Effects. Converting an undeveloped Raw file, seems to be a waste of the potential that lies within every Raw file.

      1. On January 21, 2018 at 7:50 am Oliver Schaper replied:

        Sure, but DNG is not really a format for final exports.

    2. On January 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm Ron Braithwaite replied:

      Please, please, please, please! I convert everything to DNG from my Olympus ORF format, so this would be truly wonderful.

  8. On January 21, 2018 at 11:06 am Peter Svensson wrote:

    Nice feature indeed! I would also love to have the timestamp in the filename while importing.

  9. On January 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm Ed Greenberg wrote:

    Is there a quick way to convert some photos from RAW into JPG so they can be shared easily to those not using ON1? Maybe it’s already there but I’m still new to this.

    1. On January 24, 2018 at 11:24 pm David Price replied:

      Yes it is, in Develop … File > Quick Export. But I’m not sure as to whether or not it can batch process, and it is non-destructive so your original raw file is still there waiting for you to take it further.

  10. On January 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm pandcswaim wrote:

    Thank you for implementing this capability. I’ve seen a lot of response regarding priority of new capabilities vs bug fixes, but I think it is essential to do both. As regards this feature, I think most of us are capable of manually creating new folders and implementing our personal renaming and organizational styles, but it took time and was tedious if we used sub-folders based on date and renamed files with shoot names, date and sequence numbers. I was personally frustrated that it took time away from being able to get down to actually working on editing photos, and maintaining consistency with my Lightroom folder structure. So a big thank-you here. However, I still have a similar frustration with getting my photos out of PR, so please continue to work on a smart export/publish capability as well. That’s now one of the few features that keep me in Lightroom.

  11. On January 21, 2018 at 9:47 pm Roy Freborg wrote:

    Smart Import seems it would provide the same capabilities as Import in Aperture. I eagerly await the chance to use it.

  12. On January 22, 2018 at 12:32 am James Whyte wrote:

    This is going to be a really excellent addition to On1 Photo RAW 2018 and a feature that I will utilise each time that I want to download photos from an SD card, Camera etc., looking forward to using this feature in the near future.

  13. On January 22, 2018 at 12:34 am Göran wrote:

    Bravo for metadata presets. Now I can leave Lightroom behind!

  14. On January 27, 2018 at 8:54 pm Edward Bartel wrote:

    “Smart Import” isn’t in my File Menu. How do I enable it? I cannot find any related settings in preferences and I want to use this functionality.

  15. On March 1, 2018 at 10:41 am Robert Kolb wrote:

    Smart import looks like nice advancement but it isn’t in my file folder either
    I tried downloading the new version twice but it’s still not there
    What am I missing ?
    Thanks

  16. On March 20, 2018 at 12:01 am David Winton wrote:

    Another vote for capture time stamping, or ability to add capture time to rename. I sort and name chrono and always have to have find some arbitrary sequence in LR to fill in that part of the name.

    Thank you for a great product. I’ve been kicking the tires of LR alternatives, and ON1 seems to check the most boxes.

  17. On May 26, 2018 at 4:59 pm Tom Crombie wrote:

    I want to know with Smart Import, is it possible to import only RAW photos and not the JPG’s too?

  18. On October 23, 2018 at 6:31 pm Michael Anderson wrote:

    I shoot with two identical camera bodies. So when I import into Lr I have the import rename the files to. “camera body serial number”-“4 digit sequence number” and sort the images by shoot date. That means that unless I shoot more than 9,999 images with the same body on the same date, I will not have duplicate file names from the two bodies. I need the Photo Raw import utility the same naming variables as can be used in Lr, Photo Mechanic, and other apps that do import with renaming.

  19. On October 23, 2018 at 6:31 pm Michael Anderson wrote:

    I shoot with two identical camera bodies. So when I import into Lr I have the import rename the files to. “camera body serial number”-“4 digit sequence number” and sort the images by shoot date. That means that unless I shoot more than 9,999 images with the same body on the same date, I will not have duplicate file names from the two bodies. I need the Photo Raw import utility the same naming variables as can be used in Lr, Photo Mechanic, and other apps that do import with renaming.

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