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Support for 2 monitors, dual displays

Having support for two monitors or dual displays will allow me to continue to use my workflow.It makes for a wonderful editing workflow

It has been available in both Lightroom and Photoshop for a very long time. This will mean that i can use on1 raw as my main editing program

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!

98 comments on “Support for 2 monitors, dual displays”

  1. On June 30, 2016 at 1:41 pm Marcin Gil wrote:

    A must. Main, color corrected screen, for editing – full screen photo. All the toolboxes are one the second screen!

  2. On June 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm Grant Colhoun wrote:

    I’d like to see Photo 10 as well as Photo RAW be able to use two monitors please. It is how I work worth LR and Photoshop but not Photo 10 unfortunately.

  3. On July 2, 2016 at 9:51 am Martin Webb wrote:

    Totally agree, being a Lightroom editor of my RAW files having the browser open on one monitor and being able to edit the files on the other monitor, make the workflow so much quicker and easier …. It is one of my top “Must Haves” in the new programe… Cheers

  4. On July 26, 2016 at 12:06 am Trevor Doherty wrote:

    …and ensure that ON1 RAW will display correctly on a secondary display on a Mac. (ON1 stopped doing this with version 10.x showing a black rectangle over part of the image.)

  5. On July 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm Ted Thranhardt wrote:

    I don’t think you can be considered the best without multiple screen abilities.

  6. On August 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm Gregory Smith wrote:

    On computers with multiple monitors, Photo RAW should remember which monitor it was last working on and open on that same monitor the next time that it is started.

  7. On September 4, 2016 at 4:54 am ALAIN ROBITAILLE wrote:

    The crop tool let it open in manual edit and add a button for the automatic selection size or i mist something in Premium 10

  8. On September 5, 2016 at 11:04 am Ron Simonson wrote:

    I’ve already pre-ordered. I assumed any new state of the art photo development software would utilize 2 monitors right from the start. I see this is now a “future” feature. Please accelerate development on this feature!

  9. On September 15, 2016 at 5:35 am lancslad@rogers.com wrote:

    This is also a must for me. Having invested in dual calibrated monitors there will be no incentive to move from LR until this is available.

  10. On November 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm Murray Sutton wrote:

    Important to have the browser or tools in one window and the image full screen in another.
    Many people have a high spec monitor for image correction and a second less expensive monitor for the tools.

  11. On November 24, 2016 at 7:30 am Dave wrote:

    For On1 Photo raw – this ability is a must. Just got the pre-release and see there is no option for it all all, so I started looking aorund and could not find anything. I have to google “dual monitor” and “On1 Photo” and it found this.

    Trying to move away from Lightroom, so rather than pay the $75 dollar upgrade to Adobe for the new Lightroom I I spent more on this – hoping it was worth it. So far looking good but lack of the dual monitor is killing my screen real-estate and making my workflow a bit harder.

  12. On November 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm John Dowell wrote:

    An absolute must as I would like to move my workflow away from Lightroom.

  13. On November 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm Sheldon Bilsker wrote:

    With this feature I will leave Lightroom for ON1. Until that happens I cannot leave lightroom for filtering my images, in spite of all the new features in On1. It is simply essential. I have 2 monitors specifically for this purpose. I would like to use them.

  14. On November 28, 2016 at 9:59 am adam@lvlabs.co wrote:

    ON1 MUST have this feature before I can actually transition over. I was very shocked to learn this is not included as I was getting set up just now. Really hoping this will be in the full release in December- this software needs to be at least as capable as LR to get all of us fully on board.

  15. On November 30, 2016 at 8:28 am Brian Lowe wrote:

    This needs to be near the top of the list. LR and PS have this feature and my work flow is set up to use dual monitors. Thanks

  16. On December 7, 2016 at 8:02 pm Erik Malvick wrote:

    I have to say, I was shocked to find this is not a feature. I always like having thumbnails on one screen while I develop photos on another screen. I won’t keep On1 around if this is not a feature soon. DxO and Lightroom both have this feature.

  17. On December 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm David Reasons wrote:

    I feel this needs to be moved to the “MUST HAVE” category to continue using On1RAW in a logical manner. After using dual monitors in LR now for a few years, it’s hard to imagine a workflow without the ability to use two monitors.

  18. On December 18, 2016 at 3:53 pm LYNN B wrote:

    As David R wrote –I can’t imagine an effective workflow without dual monitor ability. Add my vote!

  19. On December 21, 2016 at 5:40 am David Lawrence wrote:

    I just purchased and downloaded On1 Photo Raw. I’ve used OnOne since Suite 8 and it’s always been slow.

    Two things I took for granted and can’t find. 1. Dual Monitor Support and 2. A history panel.

    It’s hard to believe that someone as talented and tech savvy as @Matt Kloskowski would omit two of the most important editing features. There is obviously a reason. Maybe it’s really difficult to manage speed using the Graphics Processor on two monitors, but the History Panel? Is there a work around that I haven’t learned yet?

    Disappointed in myself for assuming! Optimistic about the future!


  20. On December 29, 2016 at 6:52 am Hans Heynau wrote:

    Definitely support this!
    I created a different thread before I realized this one was here.
    Would definitely be a plus for purchase and add to work flow!

  21. On January 17, 2017 at 7:02 pm Bernie wrote:

    This is in my top 5. I use this all the time in LR.

  22. On February 1, 2017 at 3:52 pm rfight@roadrunner.com wrote:

    Agreed. This needs to happen sooner, rather than later. This is preventing me from using OnOne as my primary editing software.

  23. On April 4, 2017 at 5:43 am jeff.grant@pobox.com wrote:

    I just started evaluating On1 but I just came to a screaming halt. Dual monitor support is an absolute must.

  24. On April 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm Steve Jump wrote:

    Yes Please!

    I must admit that I hadn’t checked before purchase. Never thought that a 2016 photo editing tool would not support dual screens. As an ex-Aperture user, transiting through Lightroom. the features in ON1 are attractive – hoping that my 2nd “empty 27” monitor may become useable again soon.


  25. On May 12, 2017 at 11:35 am Sylwester Pietrzyk wrote:

    A very, very needed feature for serious work, especially if you work on your desk with laptop. I really can’t imagine working with serious RAW development application on just 15,6″ screen, no matter if it is hidpi or not. If that feature together with at least metadata import of Lightroom library would be done, I won’t buy an update to another Lightroom version.

  26. On May 31, 2017 at 8:44 pm steve berliner wrote:

    I requested this soon after RAW was released. It is essential in my workflow. I must have tagged it wrong. Please, please implement it soon.

  27. On June 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm Jerry Fike wrote:

    It’s also great for working through tutorials: on screen with On1 and the other the tutorial.

  28. On June 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm John Fantaskey wrote:

    Agree 100% – would love this. In Lightroom I use my second monitor for a full screen live loupe view to check my edits while in Develop. If On1 supported this it would be a huge improvement.

  29. On July 8, 2017 at 10:32 am pascal@famillebenard.fr wrote:

    As a pro photographer, it’s such obvious to work with two monitors to post-treat my photos that I must admit I can’t even understand this feature has not been included yet. This is a must have, no discussion, as already previously said. In other words, I won’t even think about replacing Lr with Photo Raw until Raw Photo provide us with this feature.

  30. On July 12, 2017 at 5:37 am PAtrick ALLENBACH wrote:

    Agree 250% to this request !
    So far I am working with LR for managing and correcting my photos, I only use On1 photo RAW for adding effects to a few photos… the ability of working on 2 screens keeps me with lightroom ! My LR catalog has about 200’000 photos, and I am at ease with it. I am not going to transfert it to an ON1 catalog, re-learn the functions, try to acquire new reflexes, if I must work on a single monitor.

    I look forward using ON1 photo RAW as the one & only application with my Wacom Cintiq & and Apple Display, for my workflow.

  31. On August 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm J Metz wrote:

    Count my voice among them. I just purchased On1 and sadly didn’t realize that this wasn’t possible. I actually have a three monitor setup that is tailor-made for media creation, and part of my workflow is being about to view an image at full-monitor size while keying through the browse gallery view. It’s the one feature in Aperture that was killer for organization and culling.

  32. On August 28, 2017 at 9:49 am Peter Smith wrote:

    I’ve always used dual monitors in Lightroom and I can’t fully transition to PhotoRAW until it’s implemented. It’s a must have for me.

  33. On September 6, 2017 at 4:58 am Paul Bataille wrote:

    Yes, agreed. But I’d like it to be flexible, adaptable. One screen for the image and the second for the toolboxes (as is possible in Photoshop) is great; but the possibility to have one screen display the image and toolboxes, and the second one the browse-grid is a must too in my opinion. It’s a setup I use all the time in Lightroom

  34. On September 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm Gordon Richards wrote:

    Finally a possibility. I have been waiting for just this one thing for at least a year.

  35. On September 20, 2017 at 10:34 am Alvaro Peloni wrote:

    I agree! This will mean that i can use on1 raw as my main editing program!

  36. On October 22, 2017 at 2:50 am Magnus Wilson wrote:

    I suggest a very simple work-around while we are waiting for the full-flegded dual monitor functionality.

    Could you please Add a simple picture-alignment button (left, center, right), e.g. in the same way as you align a paragraph in Word. Dual monitors are currently supported by simply dragging and resizing the ON1 application to cover more than one monitor, but the main display area is always centered making it very clumsy maximising “the photo onto 1 screen”.

    So this is how the new “Alignment button” work.
    1. Resize the ON1 application to cover as much of the dual screens as you prefer
    2. Pressing the alignment button “Left”, the main window would align (all) the photo(s) and “glue” it to the Browse/Preset menu. Pressing “Right” would consequently “glue it” to the “Nav/levels/info” or Tool menu, while “Center” would work as it currently works. The Key here, is that the menus to the left/right are still sticking to left/right edges of the ON1 application window, while the main display area in between is the one you can change alignment preferences on.
    3. For such a simple UI fix, it would really improve the look&feel when you develop your photo or switch between Browse and Develop mode (in filmstrip/grid mode).

    I think this could be a good enough workaround, and simple enough for you to implement, while waiting for your proper solution. /Magnus

  37. On October 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm Dan Milligan wrote:

    Where are we with this request. With the Adobe announcement of redirection towards a Cloud based environment I will soon have to decide between ON1 Photo RAW and Alien Skin Exposure 3. As I work off my newer MBPro I require a 2nd monitor. I am sure I am not alone in this. Using EX3 this took all of 30 seconds to set up… plug in cable, hit preferences, click on 2nd monitor and bingo… instant access to 2nd monitor in all it’s 27″ retina display glory (an old 2009 iMac!)
    The longer we wait the worse my old eyes are starting to get… Right now the deal breakers are coming down to true Full Screen mode, 2nd monitor access and more lens profiles… I can’t believe the first two have not already been built into ON1 Photo RAW… should have been there from the start imo.

  38. On November 3, 2017 at 8:33 am J Metz wrote:

    This is the one reason why I cannot use On1, sadly. (This and the lack of a loupe tool). I have a 3-monitor setup and opening up On1 feels like severe tunnel vision. I need to see the tool palette and the photos properly in order to get the proper “feel” for what I’m doing.

  39. On November 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm Ken Bloomquist wrote:

    I too have dual monitors, actually three, and I would love to be able us any two of the three. Please count me in on requesting this change.



  40. On November 12, 2017 at 11:50 pm David wrote:

    I would find multiple monitor support very helpful.

  41. On November 26, 2017 at 9:09 am obuchholz@obuchholz.de wrote:

    I need a dual monitor support. The second display should have the possibility to show the picture in full screen mode.

  42. On November 26, 2017 at 9:09 am obuchholz@obuchholz.de wrote:

    I need a dual monitor support. The second display should have the possibility to show the picture in full screen mode.

  43. On November 26, 2017 at 10:50 am Christian Noval wrote:

    Yea, please add dual monitor. It would improve the workflow so much. Strange it’s not already implemented since I’ve used it for along time in both LR and CaptureOne

  44. On December 1, 2017 at 8:05 am Thomas Chmara wrote:

    Lack of dual-monitor support is part of what keeps me using On1 RAW (2017/2018) as an adjunct to my workflow rather than its core.
    I have two lovely, calibrated monitors – not reasonable to have everything squished into one.

    As others have noted – this is one of the things that keeps me on Lightroom and keeps On1 as useful for fewer things.

  45. On December 4, 2017 at 2:58 pm Jeff B wrote:

    I will my request for this feature. It is really an advantage to have the image zoomed on a second monitor while editing on the primary.

  46. On December 14, 2017 at 7:52 pm 1squash@gmail.com wrote:

    Dual display support is extremely important to an efficient workflow. Competitors such as Affinity Photo, Photoshop, and Lightroom provide dual monitor support. I can not recommend software lacking dual monitor support to another photographer.

  47. On December 30, 2017 at 10:02 pm Magnus Wilson wrote:

    This is the key to a fast and flexible workflow. The flexibility of how you allocate window (and pans) to screens is essential.

    My personal favorite would be a setup where you can do culling, filtering, searching, keywording on one screen, and a full window for Develop on the other screen (including toolboxes that can be switched on/off). This would IMPROVE WORKFLOW SPEED SIGNIFICANTLY while maximizing screen size! If you want to go for ultra flexibility, allow the user to save different set-ups to change based on the primary task efficiently (Editing, Edit with Zoom, Culling, Culling with Compare, Keywording, etc.)

    To further IMPROVE SPEED, be careful to implement a fully ASYNCHRONOUS implementation separating the “browsing”/culling screen from “loading a picture” into the Develop screen (giving higher priority for browsing to maintain the strong point of On1 Raw without sacrificing the flexibility of Dual screens). Also, such implementation is probably more scalable when adding more hardware and processing power.

    Today, ON1 is still a bit too time-consuming in the culling process. Browsing, keywording and collections/set of search filters on one screen would positively improve this.

    May I also ask for a more general implementation (four steps below). Then On1 can use the same structure for all types of assets and sub-windows while allowing an easy and extremely flexible tailoring for each user and their workflows. Such a function can be re-used between Collections, Smart Collections, Slideshows, Print, etc.

    Step 1. Multi-tagging
    Allow a user-tagging for the Digital Asset (e.g., presets, structures, photos, etc. this is basic DAM technology) with the ability to store multiple tags per each Digital Asset. Make the tagging structure generic to provide simplicity and flexibility allowing different types of Meta-data to be handled in the same way, e.g., ITPC, EXIF, Color labels, Keywords, etc.

    Step 2. Define the asset structure (how to categorize and display)
    Redeploy the Search/Filter structure (AND, OR, and groups) to allow the user to define generic (smart) templates. A smart template can then be associated with one or several assets, (re)named, changed, copy, and deleted.

    Step 3. Assign Windows/panes to screen
    Allow the user to define what window panes should be displayed on each screen. If you want to go for ultra flexibility, allow the user to save different set-ups to change based on the primary task quickly (Editing, Edit with Zoom, Culling, Culling with Compare, Keywording, etc.)

    Step 4. Filter and display
    Based on Step 1+2+3, select any available template for that particular asset to be displayed in the window/pane. For improved handling and faster workflows, allow Filter On/Off per structural item/hierarchical level, that instantly re-display the window based on the new settings.

    This feature and your approach to communities and listening to your customers are what makes me leave LR and go for ON 1 as my preferred stand-alone tool of choice. Keep up the excellent work! /Magnus

  48. On January 17, 2018 at 9:50 pm Gita mccormick wrote:

    Don’t understand why it hasn’t happened yet. This feature is in most other editing programs, why not On1?

  49. On January 19, 2018 at 6:41 pm Duane Kupec wrote:

    ViewNX2 has a similar feature and I love it. It allows me to have my browser and tools on one monitor and my photo full screen on the other. I hope we get this one.

  50. On January 26, 2018 at 9:33 am David Rowe wrote:

    I also agree, but would like to see support for the WACOM Cintiq QHD 27 Touch monitor that includes gestures.

  51. On February 15, 2018 at 8:40 pm newhopepictures wrote:

    Yes having multiple display support is a must for any professional…especially if your color correcting monitor can display over a billion colors and your system monitor can only handle a fraction of it.

  52. On March 19, 2018 at 10:16 am Bruce Skinner wrote:

    Just broke down and downloaded the 30 day demo an hour ago. First roadblock is the lack of dual monitor support. I absolutely need this for workflow and culling. In LR my second monitor always shows the grid view of the current collection. I can fly through this for culling, as well as jumping between photos for editing, while keeping a full view in the main monitor.

  53. On June 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm David Reasons wrote:

    Alright ON1 crew, get the lead out of yore butts and get this done. It’s way overdue.

  54. On September 11, 2018 at 2:19 pm David Dwight wrote:

    Two plus years in to work on an obvious “must” feature???? This must be a lot harder to execute than I understand

  55. On September 27, 2018 at 8:02 pm James Rainer wrote:

    This has said “next revision” for over a year now and a top request??? How long do we need to wait, PR 2019 looks and sounds awesome but really disappointed in not having muti monitor support.

  56. On October 11, 2018 at 9:58 am Herb von Hockauf wrote:

    This is an important feature that should be added. Are there any updates of when this might be implemented?

  57. On October 29, 2018 at 10:09 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 November 13, 2018 at 6:13 pm John Couvaras replied:

      Just cannot believe this basic function (that almost everyone else has) is still not there… “it will come in the version 2019 lifecycle”.
      Well, hope I am still here….I am going along with 2019 on a wait and see approach….for this and a few other things.

  58. On December 12, 2018 at 4:03 am Mark Osman wrote:

    +1. Eagerly awaiting this if in future release. I’m used to using iMac as monitor 1 just for the image and monitor 2 for all Browse, Edit etc. window panes

  59. On December 28, 2018 at 1:11 am David wrote:

    Wondering if this is in 2019.1 release or not? Don’t see it mentioned in the release notes. Could you please update ETA – this is a deal breaker for me to not have this…

  60. On January 15, 2019 at 8:22 am Gerhard Tomann wrote:

    My TV is connected as second monitor to my computer. It will be great to show my edited pictures there like in LR! A must have for me…. please…

  61. On January 31, 2019 at 12:41 am Bodo Lebbing wrote:

    Is the usage of multiple monitors implemented in the current update 2019.2?

  62. On February 16, 2019 at 4:01 pm David wrote:

    Great to hear you are working on it, but I just installed 2019.2, and I am still not seeing this as a function. Can you be more specific about when you will release this? It’s a deal breaker for my workflow to not be able to use multiple monitors.

  63. On March 27, 2019 at 5:40 pm Pierre Clemente wrote:


    Will on1 photo raw ever support dual monitors? This question was asked back in 2016. Now that I can migrate my photos from lightroom to on1 photo raw it seems a shame that I can not take advantage of something that Lightroom has offer for years. I find the workflow is so much easier having a color calibrated screen with just full one image and using my Laptop to place all of my pallets when I work on photos. It is something I have been doing for years. 

  64. On April 22, 2019 at 2:12 am Magdalena Kauz wrote:

    let me be the number 95 then. Not possible to work professionally without dual monitor, so hurry up please!

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