“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy”
That was part of a quote from Franklyn D. Roosevelt right after the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor.
Today may just mark another day that will also live in infamy. I have totally abandoned both Photoshop & Lightroom CC. Sadly over the past 6 months at least Adobe via their upgrades has managed to infest their software one bug after another.
In most cases there were fixes, but the last bug seemed to be one that was going to require a great deal of quiet time on my part when it came to printing my images. My Canon Pixma pro 100 printer refused to print 4×6 paper through Adobe products, and on all other sizes the printed image was insanely cropped.
After 4 or 5 one way correspondence concerning the problem, to Adobe all of which went unanswered. Finally they told me they had opened a case file but the next day they corresponded that the problem was solved and they were closing the case file.
I should mention that every other piece of image software on my computer had no problem with the printer so it was not an Apple System problem. It was most certainly an Adobe problem. That said I shall not dwell on this part of my article any longer.
Somehow because of Adobe’s great marketing and yes great products everyone I know finds themselves automatically getting on the Adobe train. It is just the way it is. No one asks why. No one asks if there is an alternative. It is just that way.
But there are But there are But alternatives and over several years I have dabbled with Alien Skin, PhotoNinja, Iridient Developer, Affinity and all of them have done respectable jobs of helping to process my raw files no matter what camera I had been using.
Today I have jumped the Adobe ship and joined an ever-growing group who are using On1 software. In the past I have only known them for plug-ins that worked in Adobe image processing software but I never really paid much attention until now
to their stand alone On1 10.5 and soon to be On1 stand alone raw converter which seems to combine the best parts of Photoshop and Lightroom in one product aimed at guess who. Photographers.
More than ample on line instruction is provided in both the written word and an abundance of how to videos. I have found that On1 is pretty easy to master just by watching the many videos they provide.
One of the things I like the most is the fact that I can import just one (1) image to work on or hundreds and hundreds. There is no library. The program uses either your Windows or Macintosh file structure and allows the user to upload to external drives, clouds, etc. With the use of its extensive customized data input you can find your files most anywhere. Fast, simple, easy, and works the way that most people would prefer to work.
I am not going to go on and on, because you can go on and on by going to their website, downloading a 60 (sixty) day trial. If you buy the software now, you pay 109.00 US dollars and get a free upgrade to the Raw Stand Alone this Fall. You have a 30 day refund guarantee if you do not like the software. I have never heard of that before when it comes to software. How can you not give this a try? Also there is no subscription. 🙂
One last point. Nik software is totally integrated so that when you want to process in some of everyone’s favorite free plug ins, it saves back directly to the On1 browser.
Give it a try. Free yourself from the Adobe chains and see what that feels like. I have found over the past few weeks of working with On1 that if I correspond with them, they usually answer in two or three hours.