ON1 Photo RAW may not be as well-known compared to the other major brands in the photo editing software space, but that doesn’t mean it should be discounted. It’s the only service that can transfer and displays Lightroom-edited photos in Photo RAW. The software package boasts hundreds of built-in filters, LUTs and presets. It also supports layer masks for creating composite images.

ON1 is offering up a free update of its service with ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5, scheduled to be released mid-May. As a standalone product with photo organizing and editing features, ON1 Photo RAW boasts the tools that photographers use the most in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and places them in one program. For users who don’t wish to fully convert, ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 can also serve as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 will include new updates to increase productivity, additional organizing benefits, more feature and performance enhancements, and new camera support.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 will also have a fully-reversible history section. Each editing step will be accessible, along with the ability to roll-back and compare prior adjustments.

Photographers will be able to search for photos based on specific adjustments applied such as cropped, retouched, and so on. Crop tool settings will be persistent and information on those adjustments will be retained across all photos.

The master keyword list will now support nesting keywords inside of other keywords. Nested keywords will allow photographers to organize keywords as they see fit. They’ll be easier to search, add, delete, and modify. Importing a list of nested keywords from other apps such as Adobe Lightroom will also be supported.

For photographers new to ON1 Photo RAW, there will be new walkthroughs that teach the basics. These series of short tutorial videos explain how to use each feature and help shorten the learning curve.

The Portland-based company has even more plans beyond the forthcoming release of ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5. These include incorporating solutions into the software for photographers that use mobile devices in their workflow. 'The next year will be the biggest in our company history. A lot of these internal projects we’ve been working on will finally get introduced to the market. There is a lot to be excited about for our customers and our industry, and it all starts with Photo RAW 2019.5,' said Craig Keudell, ON1 President & CEO.

Users can start a free 30-day trial of the current version of ON1 Photo RAW today. The software is available as a one-time purchase of $99.99 for new users and $79.99 for users with past versions who are updating. It includes both macOS and Windows installers, plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and can be used on up to five computers. The Photo RAW 2019.5 update will be available mid-May. For a full rundown on all the new features that will be added, visit ON1’s blog.