The new PHOTO 10 offers a number of improvements not only to performance but even the ergonomics of use. Simplifying things into a structure that makes a lot more sense considering how people edit their images.
I’m not going to go in depth into each of the new specs because ON 1 has a treasure trove of videos on their blogs delving in in detail to each of the new features. So I will give you an overview of the features that I find to be the most important and improved. **Please note that I have been working with the Beta versions of the software so the absolute final release may differ slightly and actually should work even more bug free
So lets take a look at some of the changes.
Improved Performance by up to 40%
This alone may be the biggest reason to upgrade. As all software manufacturers have learned, the more powerful you make software the more resource hungry they become. This was certainly the case with some of the earlier versions of the suite. It improved over time but this is the biggest jump in performance ever. They accomplished this by moving some of the resources from RAM to the Video Card (VRAM) Doing this improves Re-draw rates so that effects and adjustments happen faster. But the one caveat is that you need to have a Robust Video card. BUT, that is something that anyone that edits photos should have. ON 1 Recommends a Minimum Of a ” OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB video RAM, 1280×720 resolution (OpenGL 4.0 compatible video card with 1GB video RAM, 1920×1080 resolution is recommended) I personally would go with their recommended amount and in fact Mine has 2GB of VRAM and runs all editing software great
In practice the speed upgrade was very noticeable. From initial startup times to rendering thumbnails and then onto applying filters, presets and Adjustments was much crisper than before with a lot less lag.
The browser which nicely shows you a preview of images within folders. Newly added is a Smart Albums feature which allows you to assemble an album of images based on search criteria of Ratings, Flags and Keywords, Camera etc, and it will then search through all your favorites and automatically assemble an album with just those image. Very quick and easy
Improved Interface and Panels
If the improvement in speed is the heart of the update then surely the changes to the interface and new workflow are the brains. OnOne or ON1 as they are now branding themselves, has always had interesting modules that do different things. a few years back they brought them all together into a “Perfect Suite” which was a nice way to bring them all together but it still left them feeling like they were separate pieces of kit just under one roof. That all changes in Photo 10.
Part of this new workflow, besides the standalone is how Photo 10 interfaces with Lightroom and Photoshop. In Lightroom they still are found under “Edit in” But in Photoshop they move from the obscure File>Automate placing to the place that makes most sense; under “Filters”. That’s all well and good but it’s how things work after you enter Photo 10. Before, if not using as a standalone, and say you went into Perfect B & W, you could work in that and then you had to exit and go back to Lightroom or Photoshop and then again go out to one of the other modules you wanted to use or even a touch up in Enhance.
Now, once you enter Photo 10 you have full access to everything you can do in the Standalone. So even if you enter under Effects you can switch over to Enhance and then over to Portrait and back again in any order you wish. THAT is a big deal in time savings and ease of use.
Beyond that, there are changes in workflow within Photo 10. The first is that Perfect B & W has been included and merged with Effects so now you can easily combine the standard effects with Black & White. Say you like HDR or Dynamic Contrast effects but want to layer in Black & White or make it say, a slightly de-sat look. That can be done quite easily especially since Photo 10 NOW allows for stacking filters. Just press the “Add Filters” button and you will be presented with all the choice you were used to before. (you can always download more filters and presets at the On 1 website or others that make them available)
You can simply stack the filters you like or you can Modify extensibly any filter in the stack and also vary the opacity of that filter for a stunning number of options.
You can also now stack Presets simply by right clicking the preset and say “Insert Preset”
So everything you had before is included in Photo 10, but, in a better put together package. It may look like Perfect Resize is missing but it’s still there it’s just nested under the the “Export” button lower right panel or in the menus File>Export. Just make sure you check one VERY important thing before you resize. Under Resolution you can choose PPI (Pixels per Inch) or PPC (Pixels per Centimeter) you really don’t want PPC or you could set yourself up for a HUGE file and most likely a Crash. You want PPI unless you are used to working in Centimeters.
So in the end this all makes much more sense for a workflow. If you are used to a commonly used flow of Lightroom for heavy Lifting RAWs and then onto Photoshop. This will seem very normal and flows much better instead of in and out of the suite multiple times. Or if you are looking for a Standalone Editing tool for reasonable price you get that in Photo 10
Is it perfect? No not everything is how I would like it. But bear in mind that I STILL was using a Beta at press time so thing will improve. They moved the Module buttons from the top bar to the side to allow for a bigger preview screen which is good. But the buttons on the side are very small especially on large High Resolution screens and that is further hindered by very slow Mouseovers to tell you what some controls are. And although things have sped up there still is a bit of brushing lag on some of the masking tools . But that may be different in the full release.
So who is this for? Well if you are already an ON 1 user it’s definitely for you. It’s everything that you loved about ON 1 Suites but just in an interface and workflow that makes huge amounts of sense. But who else? Well I don’t know how you stand on the still ongoing backlash against Adobe for them moving to a subscription model (personally I am totally fine with it) But there are two groups that this is definitely for: For the Lightroom user that wants to be able to go farther and needs more Cloning and Content Fill Options and more detailed masking and effects options than Lightroom has. Yet, doesn’t want to go through the huge learning curve that Photoshop has. This is for you.
Or, for the photographer that is just looking for something all in one. Something they can organize and browse through their images (even in the cloud) and then edit/enhance them, add effects, touch up portraits and then save or Export as necessary. Again this is what you would want
Like I said earlier I haven’t gone into any of the actual “How to use” for this since On 1 has such an extensive lineup of Videos to learn from on their site and blog it would just be a waste or time to redo what they already do so well
They are just finishing up on the final Beta and the Full Release is scheduled for Late October (this month)
Currently, they have a Pre-order prices of $119.99 and $10 off the “Upgrade” from pervious versions of $89.99
Plus ordering now (Pre-Release) get’s you:
* Promotional bonus items:
– 5 seat family license
– 3 months of ON1 Photo Magazine
– 10 hours of Photo 10 training videos by Matt Kloskowski (exclusive for pre-orders and launch purchases)