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New User Interface

If you are going to work on the new user interface I have a few suggestions which are in line with videos from Blake Rudis and his recommended workflow for processing photos in ON1

  • Split your right hand tool bar that currently has Browse, Develop, Effects Layers and Resize into
    – Browse
    – Composition
    – Tone
    – Color
    – Effects
    – Layers
    – Resize
  • Browse could be unchanged compared to today. The only change I would like to see is to enable deleting images from the film strip view and not only from the thumbnail view.
  • Exporting more than one selected photo at a time should be possible from all tools. Currently this only works from Browse. When more than one photo is selected only the super selected photo is exported while in all other tools
  • Composition should allow to crop the photo, adjust it horizontally or vertically straight and do perspective correction. (Improved perspective correction – like DXO can do it – is one thing I’m missing in your list of coming soon features.). Lens correction could be here too
  • Tone should allow to do what’s in Develop right now: Exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, structure and haze. Noise reduction and sharpening could remain here
  • Color should be the basic adjustments currently in develop: Temperature, tint, saturation, vibrance and purity.
  • Effects should be split into three areas with their respective submenus
    Tone Effects: black & white, dynamic contrast, grunge, HDR look, ton enhancer, vignette should be here.
    Color Effects: photo filter, color enhancer, cross process, split tone, sunshine fit here
    Artistic Effects: antique, lens flare, bleach bypass, blur, glow, textures, lens blur, vintage can be applied from here. I would sort everything in alphabetic order
  • Layers and Resize could remain unchanged.
  • Move the left toolbar for local adjustments to the right and show it above or below the current one. Crop could be removed from there.

This change in the user interface would guide the users through a good workflow of processing their photos and finally lead to better images.

5 comments on “New User Interface”

  1. On September 15, 2017 at 5:22 am Paul Bataille wrote:

    Interesting! Thanks for thinking this through and submitting it.

    I do wonder however if it would be very convenient to have this many different modules to work on your images, instead of just the two current ones (Develop & Effects). For images that require just a few basic edits (like family-shots or other more informal stuff), you may still have to go into all these modules instead of just the two current ones. That would perhaps mean MORE work…

  2. On September 15, 2017 at 8:00 am Volker Gottwald wrote:

    I think for the family shots mostly “Develop” is enough even with my proposed changes. Or just use the jpgs form your camera as is. If you think further and wnat to convert your photos to pictures you for sure need to do more and here a good workflow helps.

  3. On October 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm Roger wrote:

    I agree that changing the UI to the one suggested by Volker would be a very useful to make post-processing less intimidating for newcomers.

  4. On November 22, 2017 at 7:37 am Paul Bataille wrote:

    Well, I still beg to differ: having to access 4 different modules instead of the current two for every image, could be more intimidating.

    And Tone and Color influence eachother mutually, I wouldn’t want a seperation between them. Also the Artistic filters often influence both tone and color.

    But it’s true: it takes some time to get used to the different filters in Effects and their possibilities. And to choose a workflow where you keep Develop and Effects more or less seperated.

  5. On December 2, 2017 at 11:44 am John Scott wrote:

    Keep it as simple as possible with the fewest options to get the most functionality. One I learned how it works, it is no longer intimidating.

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