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Edit History – Undo/Redo Function

Would be wonderful (indeed almost essential) to provide a facility for scrolling back and forth through the previous editing steps, seeing the results for the various steps and providing ways to ‘bookmark’ various stages in the editing process. Ditto for the ability to make “Virtual Copies” of the edited version at different points in the editing procedure.

This ‘History’ facility is one of my favorite – and most used – features of Lightroom and probably the main reason Lightroom is still my editing program of choice.


NOTE: We are working on this and it will come as a free update to ON1 Photo RAW 2019. It won’t make the first release, but it will come in the version 2019 lifecycle. Thanks for all your comments and votes!


89 comments on “Edit History – Undo/Redo Function”

  1. On June 7, 2017 at 4:31 am nictai@hotmail.com wrote:

    It is important that we know what we have used to edit the photos. A history we can go back to review and also with the ability to change a particular edit that we have made previously. Please add this feature. At the moment, once we exit On1, we cannot see what we have done to any of the photos.

    1. On July 9, 2019 at 12:42 am LeRoi Mines replied:

      When I saw that we now had “Edit History” I was very happy until I finished editing one photo and when to work on another. Not remembering which presets I had used on the previous photo I went back to see which ones they were. To my surprise they weren’t there. I cannot see how I can easily develop a style that I can use on photos from the same shoot or future ones without writing them down precisely. Believing a persistent history feature was the same as what Luminar had was one reason I switch to On1.

  2. On June 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm John Fantaskey wrote:

    A list of the changes I’ve made would be very useful, and the ability to scroll back through the list to a certain point and click to return to that state (if I’ve “gotten off track” with my edits) is something I love about Lightroom. Having to repeatedly hit Undo to step back through my changes is quite cumbersome by comparison.

  3. On August 13, 2017 at 12:42 pm pandcswaim wrote:

    I would like to see an undo stack that is annotated with the actions that are being undone. Live view showing the effects being undone would be fantastic, but just knowing what I’m undoing would be a great first step

  4. On August 26, 2017 at 9:51 am georgeh@george-herbert.com wrote:

    The History panel is a very import feature for myself as well. Please incorporate it into the program.

    When you do, please make it so that you can remove one step without going back to that point in the process and loosing all the steps after that point.

  5. On September 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm Richard Kujda wrote:

    I’ve just started using ON1 and cannot believe there is no history panel. That’s a real deal breaker for me. Come on guys this and snap shots are not just extras but essential part of working while editing.

  6. On October 1, 2017 at 11:35 am mjmazzola@gmail.com wrote:

    This issue is huge for me as well, and keeps ON1 Photo Raw as an occasional-use piece of software, instead of anywhere near being my full time photo editor.

  7. On October 6, 2017 at 12:38 pm Neil Shapiro wrote:

    I couldn’t agree more. Not only does it let you go back, but it lets you see what you’ve done! A key LR feature, and missing from On1. And sadly, watching the preview videos, it does not appear to be part of On1 2018 either :(

  8. On October 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm Tony Moore wrote:

    I agree, this is a basic mistake guys. The ability to be able to see your and select editing history is essential, even Lightroom has it!! Please add as soon as possible!!

  9. On October 24, 2017 at 8:55 am Wes Neuenschwander wrote:

    Just a follow up to my original comment.

    After another six months of using ON1 Photo RAW (2017 and now 2018 Beta), the absence of a “History” undo/redo feature is absolutely crippling to the use of ON1 Photo RAW and frankly makes the very notion of “non-destructive” specious and relatively useless. In fact, it seems like an absolutely intrinsic element of non-destructive editing (which must use step by step set of instructions, or ‘script’, coded behind the scenes)

  10. On October 28, 2017 at 6:08 am Mat Smith wrote:

    Message to ON1 about their software.

    I’m a professional portrait photographer and for years have been using Photoshop and Lightroom.

    I was looking to move over to ON1 for the majority of my workflow, this weekend I set up and started editing my portraits from this week’s work. Spent about an hour working on a photograph of a famous politician here in the UK.

    Stupidly I assumed there was nothing I could do that I couldn’t undo, so I spent ages with local adjustments, subtle filters, etc., then applied a preset or a filter.

    Shocked to see I couldn’t get back to my previous detailed edits.

    Lovely photo editing software, but there’s no way I’ll be using it in my workflow because of this!

  11. On October 29, 2017 at 8:45 am pandcswaim wrote:

    I really like the idea of a scroll through edit history, with annotation of the action being undone. It would be nice if the undo stack was also broken up into blocks showing the editing sessions. I find that I often start trying to improve something, then decide I’d just like to get back to where I started (not a reset or reset all, just to the beginning of the current editing session).

  12. On November 6, 2017 at 11:12 am Philip Zwick wrote:

    Thanks for adding versions but the absence of history and the ability to create a version at different points in the edit as I can do in Lightroom makes using On1 Raw awkward. Please get this added.

  13. On November 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm Misko wrote:

    I completely agree with all above comments. As fine as ON1 Raw is otherwise, not having the history and snapshots you just cannot beat the Lightroom. Sorry, but I’ll stay with LR until the ON1 RAW will have them too.

  14. On November 29, 2017 at 6:57 am Terje Grønli wrote:

    I was surprised not to find it because it is of course essential to any editor programs. It not make sense to make so many positive campaign about the program and still missing a obvious and vital part?

    So until then I have to use Lightroom.

    I think the ON1 people should come onboard en say if and when they will make the history function?

  15. On December 2, 2017 at 11:00 am John Scott wrote:

    Use versions and layers. It looks to me that history is captured in layers.

    1. On March 3, 2018 at 10:13 pm Magnus Wilson replied:

      For me, these two are not the same thing. Layers is an excellent feature for a lot of artistic work, but produce too large files, so it is not usable for ALL of the photos. Versions is a beautiful tool to unleash your creativity and create and explore different directions in your creative process, but you would still like to do all the basic tuning and retouching under full non-destructive editing and control.

      This is where I see a well-designed history-functionality will SAVE a lot of time in your workflows, and yes, PR needs a better implementation, especially when you are learning and improving your skills of portrait retouching.

      However, I can understand that current implementation may focus on speed rather than “full” non-destructive editing. A possible compromise would be to put ALL these “destructive” tools (only sequential Ctrl-Z to undo) as Paul suggested www.on1.com/produ…amp-edits/

      In this way, one can review ALL “destructive” edits BEFORE accepting them with a “Flatten” button (irreversibly). This in combination with a good history-functionality allowing you to undo parts, and toggle on/off individual edits for instant comparison, would undoubtedly improve usability and minimize the impact on overall editing speed.

  16. On December 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm andy.q.woods wrote:

    I haven’t used ON1 for long but history is definitely needed. Local adjustments are visible in layers but history is useful and sorely needed in overall settings also.

    I was confused and wondering if my software activation failed in some way when I couldn’t find a history panel anywhere!

  17. On December 27, 2017 at 1:50 am Arie Yuster wrote:

    Absense of editing history list is a big drawback. A cross module history panel will be a significant advantage.

  18. On December 30, 2017 at 3:13 am Tony Benham wrote:

    I too have been in the situation where I have made a change, say, 3 4 5 steps ago and would like to revert back to step 3 to enable me to continue from there with different modifications. This is implemented well in other professional software and would be a very welcome addition to On1.

  19. On January 13, 2018 at 12:15 pm Robert Fishel wrote:

    Tagging this as the #1 most important feature that would allow me to use this program long term,

  20. On January 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm Dan Brignoli wrote:

    History is a must if people are going to do major adjustments…without history, it becomes in one sense of the word somewhat destructive at least in a building workflow…I’m not one to build presets to retain adjustment history

  21. On February 26, 2018 at 2:09 am Larry Barnes wrote:

    I agree with all of the comments. A history panel is a must. I guess I will leave ON1 in the closet until it is implemented.

  22. On February 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm Frank Menkel wrote:

    Hello ON1 Developers,
    I have been working with ON1 for a few months and love it. However, I found out today that there is no history function – analogous to Lightroom. This baffles the mind. Such function is essential and a MUST for a Photo editing software. Given all the comments on this topic, of which some are quite old, I am missing a reply from the ON 1 Developers. If this functions is not added, I contemplate Luminar or going back to Lightroom.

  23. On March 1, 2018 at 11:38 am Bernie wrote:

    A must have to make this software competitive. I frequently return to a photo and wonder what was the preset I original applied to a photo as I would like to use this same preset on another photo. Presently I do not see any info on this, but having an history would inform us on the preset used and many more extra settings that was applied. I place this feature request on my very high wish list.

  24. On March 4, 2018 at 2:48 am laurent.chindeko wrote:

    I’ve start using Photo Raw 2018, for all his amazing features and capabilities but it’s quite unbelievable that even in the 2018 version there’s no history panel, the original view include the fix (so it’s not the original anymore).
    It is really important as many already mentioned for an non destructive photo editing software to have the history panel, and the original view to be the original raw file without any editing or fix

  25. On March 6, 2018 at 9:01 pm doug b wrote:

    Come on On1 team…. How is this not considered a priority yet? People have been clamoring for this and a real printing module for far too long!

  26. On March 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm Alf Fengler wrote:

    If the long-term goal of ON1 is to replace LR and PS for the serious photographer, an edit history feature is absolutely required.

  27. On March 21, 2018 at 11:37 am W P Sammons wrote:

    History panel really needed to use On1 Raw to it’s full potential.

  28. On March 22, 2018 at 12:26 am Barry Bullough wrote:

    It needs someone like Anthony Morganti who is doing some interesting and very useful ON1 Tutorials to take up this issue. THEN ON1 might at least recognise the huge potential of the many Lightroom users keen to have a real workflow alternative.

  29. On March 30, 2018 at 4:11 am Massimo Solimbergo wrote:

    Hi guys! I’m a beginner and I’m evaluating some different software to edit and manage my images.
    I like ON1 Photo RAW 2018 but I think it’s incredible that a $120 software doesn’t have a functional history panel. You can find it in more cheap software like Lumix 2018 or similar!
    I don’t know if there is a reason not to implement this feature, but please let us know about your position on this request. If you don’t want to develop it, probably I’ll go for another solution.

    Regards, Max

  30. On April 7, 2018 at 7:41 am Zuzanna Rudas wrote:

    I’ve recently purchased ON1 and as I couldn’t find the history panel anywhere, I looked it up on the internet and this thread popped up. Now I see why I couldn’t find it.. Can you please implement the history panel? It is just so much easier working when you see all the steps you have done.

  31. On April 15, 2018 at 3:54 am Ryan Hirschberg wrote:

    Loving the on1 masking and blending, which are Superior to Lightroom, but lightroom has the history panel which is very important in my workflow. Get his done on1 and your progam will be a force to be reckoned with.

  32. On April 29, 2018 at 12:08 am Kyle Robert Law wrote:

    This is something that concerns me greatly. There are some things that I must use versioning when making edits due to this when versioning does not fit well in my workflow.

  33. On May 17, 2018 at 1:14 pm Ruth Geitgey wrote:

    History function so important when editing to both know you did or undo! Please make this a priority improvement. I’m fairly new to On1 and I’m loving how easy it is to use!

  34. On May 18, 2018 at 12:37 pm Donald Campbell wrote:

    Totally agree with all the above. The lack of a history list makes one wary of experimenting with edits, even with the ‘versions’ option, which is not really the same thing. Since there must already be an undo stack in the program (otherwise Ctrl/Cmd Z wouldn’t work) it would seem to be a simple task to show it somewhere. Spoken as someone who hasn’t programmed since the mid ’80s ;-)

  35. On May 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm Henri Demers wrote:

    Strange that one of the touted features of On1 is that the changes are “non-destructive” however I cannot find any way to go back several steps to get to a preferred edit. Am I missing something?

  36. On June 26, 2018 at 4:22 am s_goodale wrote:

    I have only been using 2018.5 for a few days and I really need history so that I can undo to a specific place and be able to see it without hitting undo several times.

    This is a really serious omission

  37. On July 1, 2018 at 6:58 am Wayne Gallagher wrote:

    +1 the need to see what has been done, and the ability to go back steps is an extremely important digital photo processing function. Another vote to add this.

  38. On July 3, 2018 at 4:02 pm Douglas Crist wrote:

    Agreed. I can’t imagine not being able to see what’s been done and/or going back to a certain point. Also, in LR it’s handy to see the changes in the image between one or more steps. I just bought 2018.5 during the launch special, but wished I’d waited until this feature is available.

  39. On July 29, 2018 at 3:06 pm Brock Bradford wrote:

    With out a history panel this software lags behind Lightroom… A virtual copy would be great also…
    Thank you!!

  40. On August 1, 2018 at 6:56 am termarl wrote:

    A number of commenters state something like ON1 already has the capability to work on copies or virtual versions of image. That’s NOT the same thing as being proposed. A functional “history panel” is an extremely valuable tool for redoing edits or eliminating previous edits. Others have suggested that’s something you can already do but they don’t seem to offer suggestions how. A workable history panel is a must.

  41. On August 3, 2018 at 6:00 am Petr Ciz wrote:

    Add panel undo and history, please! If you add these features, ON1 Photo RAW will be the best!

  42. On August 27, 2018 at 7:11 am tpjm71 wrote:

    This is the only feature I miss in ON1 RAW. I wanted to use ON1 RAW to replace Lightroom, but I am now considering going back to Lightroom because of the lack of a history pane.

  43. On September 4, 2018 at 3:06 am andy.q.woods wrote:

    Is there any activity or effort going on bringing a history panel into ON1?

    It has been over a year since the suggestion and the 200 vote limit obviously has not been reached – everyone needs to tell their fellow users to vote so that this basic functionality will be implemented!

    I am a plus user and still it feels like I am using a limited trial version.

  44. On September 4, 2018 at 3:50 pm Ryan Hirschberg wrote:

    Wow, I really thought there was a history panel in On1 2018…I felt sure that there was when I purchased it! So, I just did a google search on how to enable it, and I can’t believe there isn’t one. This one feature is what is keeping me CHAINED to Lightroom. It is an essential part of my workflow, it has been since Photoshop introduced the history panel in the beginnings of the program. I am constantly flipping back and forth between edit steps in the history panel to see the changes of my edits. Sometimes I am going back and forth between steps that are ten steps apart to see my changes. Clicking Undo/Redo 10 times will simply not cut it! In my opinion, having a history panel is what separates the pro applications from the hobbyist apps. If you want to really fully compete with Adobe Lightroom, then add a history panel please! I does not seem that hard to add a visual undo/redo list. Right no On1 is just another “pro” program trying to gain some market share from Lightroom. You are not alone…Capture One and Exposure X4 are in the same boat, with no history panels. Sad, really sad.

    1. On September 10, 2018 at 5:22 am Stefan Weber replied:

      Have to agree. A must have feature and hope there will be an update/upgrade which adds this to On1 2018 otherwise “Welcome back to Lightroom”

  45. On September 15, 2018 at 4:43 am adolf gomez wrote:

    I can’t understand why you don’t consider this feature “under review” yet.

  46. On September 25, 2018 at 10:57 am termarl wrote:

    Just sat through the ON1 2019 webinar preview and still no mention of a history panel or the equivalent. That’s a deal breaker for me. There will be no personal upgrade to ON1 Photo Raw 2019 in my future without this function.

  47. On September 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm David McLaughlin wrote:

    It looks like I’ll be clinging to LR 6 as long as I can if ON1 is not going to provide history and undo/redo support that is comparable to what Adobe and other competitors provide. I will be very hesitant to pay for another upgrade until this gets addressed. Please add this! My fellow photographers have made a compelling case in the previous comments.

  48. On September 30, 2018 at 9:22 am john fenwick wrote:

    For all these reasons the History panel – essential !
    Is anyone from ON1 going to reply to these comments ???

  49. On October 3, 2018 at 10:43 am photrain wrote:

    There is no way I will upgrade from ON1 2018 to any future version until there is a history feature. This is a must have feature for me. Until then I will continue to use Lightroom and maybe occasionally use ON1 as an add-on.

  50. On October 18, 2018 at 7:42 am Martijn Tilgenkamp wrote:

    I agree, I would upgrade to ON1 2019 immediately if it had a history feature. But since it hasn’t I will not be upgrading this time.

  51. On October 22, 2018 at 11:59 pm jaroslav.hejzlar wrote:

    I am missing history feature very much. Without that it will be very difficult to leave Lightroom.

  52. On October 26, 2018 at 9:44 pm Leonard Merkel wrote:

    Currently trialling 2018.5 and surprised there’s no savable undo history, or any history at all. Unlikely to move from trial to purchase unless there’s some commitment to implement this. Take a look at how Affinity Photo does it (well).

  53. On October 29, 2018 at 10:11 am Patrick Smith wrote:

    I added this note at the top.

    We are working on this and it will come as a free update to ON1 Photo RAW 2019. It won’t make the first release, but it will come in the version 2019 lifecycle. Thanks for all your comments and votes!

    1. On October 29, 2018 at 2:19 pm Wes Neuenschwander replied:

      Fantastic! After starting this thread back in April 2017 I’ve remained hopeful that someday we would see this feature added to ON1. I had sufficient faith that I continued to upgrade ON1 every time an upgrade was offered.

      Now I – and the dozens of others who’ve wished for this feature – will get it in an upcoming (free) upgrade to ON1 2019.

      Many thanks ON1 team!


      1. On December 15, 2018 at 9:50 pm Todd Prior replied:

        Wes do you have any idea when that will happen??

  54. On November 3, 2018 at 5:15 pm Leonard Merkel wrote:

    Excellent news, thanks for the commitment. Have now purchased and am very much enjoying 2019 beta 2.

  55. On November 12, 2018 at 5:46 pm Audrey Peters wrote:

    In the meantime, you can save your Edit as a Preset. That’s the only way to try and replicate the look without being able to see the edits.

  56. On December 4, 2018 at 10:10 pm M. V. wrote:

    This request is a must have. It would great to have a running stack of edits, like Lightroom does, and being able to select one edit from that stack, and undo it, or pull it out, and have the ability to redo it or put it back.

  57. On December 15, 2018 at 9:49 pm Todd Prior wrote:

    Please include a history feature …as with others my ON1 use is limited until this is in place. The open source software darktable and lightzone both have excellent history stacks and management. Darktable can even compress its history stack to remove any redundant settings if you so choose in addition to being able to cut and paste any part of the stack to another image(s) but most of all being able to quickly review your work flow by stepping through the history to revisit the changes and the workflow are important to me at least to fully evaluate the effects that have been applied to the image as you go along….If I take an image through 5 steps and then add 3 more …I don’t want to have to do 3 undo’s and then 3 redo’s to compare the full effect of those additional 3 steps. If this is available in open source software and indeed many image editing software packages it should be in ON1. I like the software but feel severely limited by not having access to a history stack as I move through the editing process….

  58. On December 22, 2018 at 3:23 am Akos Szalkai wrote:

    For me, switching to ON1 is a no go until this feature is available.

  59. On April 16, 2019 at 2:57 pm Phil Navarro wrote:

    OP requested History Undos/Redos and Virtual Copies. Apple Aperture did both these things years ago. As much as I try to find replacements (I’m not doing subscription apps/programs), it still boggles the mind that so many of these latest photo editors still make you create ‘Hard Copies’ (large files) and not Virtual Copies. Aperture also had such a great DAM and I was looking forward to future updates…Lastly, NOTE (in Red) says working on this. Does that include Virtual Copies?

  60. On April 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm Ralf Krahe wrote:

    I can only echo what others have already said: the Edit History is an essential feature in any workflow. Is there an ETA for this? “2019 lifecycle”? We are now into 2019.2 … Would you please provide an ETA?

    1. On April 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm Wes Neuenschwander replied:

      And I as well.

      It’s been nearly 2 years since I first posted this request, now echoed by dozens of other frustrated ON1 users, and still nothing more than ‘soon’ (‘someday??). Yes, at least an ETA is due us at this point.

      Come on ON1, some straight talk, please!!!


  61. On June 18, 2019 at 2:56 pm andy.q.woods wrote:

    Ok, there is a history panel but have you noticed that when switching form edit to browse (to check on a previous photo for example) ja back to edit – the history is cleared!


  62. On June 24, 2019 at 9:42 am Bob Ulius wrote:

    That does seem like a major oversight to the history solution Andy. Much less useful than I had hoped.

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