On1 Launches Photo RAW 2019: Worth the Price?

I recently returned from an extended overseas trip. Whilst I was away, On1 Software launched Photo RAW 2019. They claimed this version was a major upgrade to their well-respected photo editor. As an existing user who prepaid for the upgrade, I was keen to find out if it was worth the price.

In this video I run through some of the new features of On1 Photo RAW to see if they meet my expectations. Unfortunately, I find that they aren’t exactly what you might expect. I also find some of the claims of what’s new made on the On1 website more than a little disappointing.

Watch the video to see how On1 Photo RAW 2019 transforms an ordinary landscape photo into something with much more drama and appeal. You’ll also hear my view on some of the new features in the upgrade. Before I answer the question, is it worth the price?

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Is Photo RAW 2019 Worth It?

I’m a long-term user of On1 Software as I suspect many of you are. Their website makes much about not following a rental model, but in recent years they have been following an annual release cycle. The launch of Photo RAW 2019 continues this theme and it’s becoming hard to see how this differs from renting the software. Perhaps it’s that you can continue to use the outdated (and possibly unsupported) version if you don’t upgrade.

In this latest release, the upgrade doesn’t feel like a major upgrade and it doesn’t feel like it will be good value for everyone. My personal view is that On1 Photo RAW 2019 is less confusing and more powerful than its predecessor. For myself, it represents a reasonable investment but only a few people will have the same needs as I do. I suspect many existing customers will be disappointed by the new release and may well be better skipping the upgrade. Either way, you should consider the benefits it will bring you carefully before purchasing.

Having said all this, if you haven’t already bought On1 Photo RAW 2019 and are considering it, it does represent a good value. The photo editing tools are excellent and the library tools to help manage your photo catalogue have improved greatly. On that basis, this software is well worth considering.

Read my in-depth review of alternative photo editing software for the Mac and PC.

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