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ON1 Photo RAW 2018 announces major free update

ON1 has announced a significant update to its Raw software, ON1 Photo Raw 2018.5. 

The software now includes camera profiles for a variety of different models (now including Fujifilm), allowing you to replicate what you see on the back of your camera with non-destructive edits. 

The software also now includes Look-Up Tables (LUTs), which allow users to add matte, vintage or cinemative colour grading looks. The firm promises a “ton” of LUTs, which users can stack, mask and control blending options.

The new version will also have the option to hide JPEG copies of files shot in Raw+JPEG mode, making for a less cluttered library, though the software will apply all metadata or file changes you make to the JPEG as well as the Raw file.

It’s also possible to nest albums inside other albums for better organisation, and if you import from Lightroom, your nested albums will come along for the ride. Presets can also be organised in a nested category structure.

Elsewhere, there are plenty of tweaks to functionality and features. Brushing performance is better, the Filmstrip function has also been refined for streamlined editing, and the Transform tool has new functions. One particularly welcome introduction is Background Export; here, the software can now process exporting tasks in the background, allowing the user to work on other tasks while it’s finishing.

ON1 Photo Raw 2018.5 also promises generally improved performance, with speedier switching between modules, and increased stability and bug fixes. 

ON1 Photo Raw 2018 price

The update to ON1 Photo Raw 2018 is free, and the software itself is available for limited-time introductory price of $99.99 (regular price $119.99), and if you have a previous version of the software you can upgrade for an introductory price of $79.99 (regular price $99.99). 

The update will be released in June, and if you keep an eye on ON1’s website (opens in new tab) you’ll be able to see video teasers of the new features that are on their way.

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Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  


An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.