ON1 Photo RAW 2017

$120 (around £99) www.on1.com

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ON1 is tout­ing Photo RAW as an all-in-one RAW pro­ces­sor and photo ed­i­tor, and it lived up to its name by open­ing RAW files from re­cently re­leased cam­eras that other apps failed to recog­nise. You’re then greeted by enough pre­set ef­fects to ri­val Ex­po­sure X2, in­clud­ing 48 film em­u­la­tions, plus lots of generic retro looks.

But that’s just the start. In ad­di­tion to the ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of pre­set ad­just­ment slid­ers, you’ve also got a lay­ers sec­tion, mask­ing fea­tures, in­tel­li­gent eraser, clone stamp and batch pro­cess­ing tools, plus much more.

This plug-in can eas­ily cut it as a stand­alone ed­i­tor, but its fea­tures also make it the most in­tim­i­dat­ing op­tion here, with its clut­tered in­ter­face and mul­ti­ple workspaces. Photo RAW is also a touch slower than some of its ri­vals, de­spite ON1’s claims that it’s faster than ever.

Photo RAW runs on Macs and PCs and is com­pat­i­ble with Light­room 5 or later. It re­quires 4GB RAM and an In­tel Core 2 Duo or equiv­a­lent pro­ces­sor. It sup­ports JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PSB, PNG and RAW files.

Pros Good pre­set se­lec­tion; crammed with ex­tra fea­tures; top-notch RAW sup­port Cons Some pre­sets slow to load; rel­a­tively com­plex to learn We say

Su­perb stand­alone soft­ware, but other plug-ins are bet­ter suited to film em­u­la­tion Over­all score

Af­ter more than just film ef­fects? Photo RAW also packs HDR looks, glows and lens ef­fects

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