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Extend support to open source Adobe DNG file format

ON1 Raw 2017-2018 does not process *.dng files with its advanced engine. The program reverts to the previous 10.x engine, and DNG users lose out; if you’ve archived past years using the Adobe DNG format (and continue to do so), instead of the supported proprietary formats, you don’t benefit from the speed and efficiency of ON1 Raw.  This may or may not be evident to the majority of  ON1 RAW clients; the info is buried deep in the small print.

Please consider extending functional support to the core generic Adobe DNG RAW format.

20 comments on “Extend support to open source Adobe DNG file format”

  1. On April 22, 2018 at 6:03 pm Steven Wu wrote:

    I just found out this issue when trying to edit DNG files in On1 Photo RAW 2018. It is able to read the DNG file and I can Develop and add Effects. But as soon as I try to export, it gives issues except when exporting to JPG.

  2. On April 25, 2018 at 3:21 am Michael Schulz wrote:

    OMG. I hadn’t even realized dng’s were not being supported by this! My whole library of 80+ thousand images was converted to this format from native cr2 and I cannot go back. For the love of all that is good – if you are competing with Adobe you MUST be able to accept their file type at your highest touted processing speed or you are AUTOMATICALLY DISENFRANCHISING a good section of your target market base who (like me) have swallowed your message and made the switch… but now feel a bit left out and in fact PENALIZED for being a converted Adobe follower. Seriously – Adobe is never going away and dng is “supposed” to be a universal file format! Which means it WILL most likely become to photo files as the pdf has become to everything with words on it. DO this now while the brand is still young and the demand to accept dng is still relatively small and you can be called fearless and forward thinkers for doing so! DO this before it becomes an outcry to which you have LOST all initiative and are left following the wave instead of cresting on it! Thank you for your consideration.

  3. On May 4, 2018 at 10:51 am John Scott wrote:

    I have considered replacing raw files with dng files, but this shortcoming blocks me from doing it. Guess it will be a long time before we get this though.

    1. On May 11, 2018 at 12:34 am Owin Thomas replied:

      I’d be wary converting to dng without keeping your original raw files as well.

      Your raw files are finalised by your camera manufacturer, whereas dng is a propriety format and subject to the whims of Adobe. Aeobe

      Until dng is a standardised format, like tiff or jpg, keep your original raw files.

      1. On May 14, 2018 at 7:51 am Roger Conrad replied:

        Also, when you have converted to DNG, Adobe locked in the RAW conversion was using the Adobe RAW process that was current at that time. As Adobe improves their RAW processing engine, your old DNG will miss out on those refinements, unless you embed the original RAW file in the DNG. If you are going to do that, you might as well keep the original RAW file around as a archive reference file, or not convert all your RAW files to begin at all.

        That said, I do convert some images to DNG for specific reasons, and I would like ON1 to update it’s handling of DNGs too!

    2. On May 11, 2018 at 12:38 am Owin Thomas replied:

      I’d be wary converting to dng without keeping your original raw files as well.

      Your raw files are finalised by your camera manufacturer, whereas dng is a propriety format and subject to the whims of Adobe.

      Until dng is a standardised format, like tiff or jpg, keep your original raw files.

  4. On May 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm Brian Frappier wrote:

    Given the way information in a DNG is tiled, they’re actually super optimized for multiple threads – would be nice to see full support.

    I know early builds of 2017 struggled with LR-generated DNG files

  5. On May 17, 2018 at 12:24 am Al Nieh wrote:

    Do not discuss individual workflows.
    ON1 should support a widespread file format with full extended functionality!

    “Please consider extending functional support to the core generic Adobe DNG RAW format”

  6. On May 28, 2018 at 12:25 pm Greg Boyle wrote:

    I never realized this was an issue. As a Pentax user this would be a great plus for me!

  7. On May 29, 2018 at 8:07 am Kyle Law wrote:

    I converted a bunch of my images to DNG in the expectation that Adobe would not go to a Subscription only model for Lightroom. They did. Luckily I embedded the RAW into the files so I can revert back. I don’t want too however as I like the DNG format as a concept. My main problem is the camera and Lens profiles as written in DNG files are not supported by On1 Photo Raw.

    1. On November 16, 2018 at 3:33 am Alex Mazurel replied:

      +1, except I wasn’t so smart to embed the originals. This means that I instead of making a switch to ON1 Photo Raw I have to keep using Lightroom also for my older (already converted) images.

      Wish ON1 photo raw would process DNG files properly.

  8. On June 8, 2018 at 10:14 pm James wrote:

    Lack of full DNG support is disappointing to Sony users who save images in Sony’s non-lossy uncompressed RAW file format because at present the only alternative is to save images in Sony’s lossey RAW format.

    These non-lossy uncompressed files are about twice the size of the lossy-compressed files. However, after copying them to a computer, it is then possible to convert the large, uncompressed files into non-lossy compressed DNG files which on the average are somewhat smaller than Sony’s in-camera lossey compressed RAW files.

    Unfortunately as long as ON1’s advanced engine can not handle these DNG files, I am stuck using Sony’s native uncompressed RAW files, doubling my RAW file storage requirements.

  9. On September 7, 2018 at 8:51 am M Morrison wrote:

    All my images were converted to DNG years ago and changing the format now would just not be practical. Please add support for DNG.

  10. On November 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm Klaus Engelhardt wrote:

    Full DNG support (including export) would be very important for me. I often use stand-alone HDR & Panorama Tools with DNG based files. Going back and forth between them and ON1 requires full DNG support.

  11. On January 22, 2019 at 8:50 am Michael Schulte wrote:

    I am shocked to read this while working on DNG files with Photo Raw 2019.1. ;-0

    Can we please have an update and detailed information in how far DNG files are supported in the current version?

  12. On May 22, 2019 at 1:46 pm Dan Harlacher wrote:

    We do support reading DNG files. This is almost always with our proprietary RAW engine. In rare cases such as JPG in DNG wrapper, HDR and Pano’s created by Lightroom we use the Adobe DNG library. We do not and do not plan in the future to transcode files into DNG.

  13. On June 17, 2019 at 12:59 pm John Sculati wrote:

    I converted 16 raw files from a supported camera to Adobe’s DNG format. The EXIF data was correct except for the shutter speed. One shutter speed was correct at 1/2000. The others were all incorrect. They reported as between 7 and 12 seconds, when the true values were between 1/100 and 1/4000 second. Photoshop had no trouble reading the correct values. Is it so difficult to read Adobe’s DNG format?

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