I have to declare I am an Adobe CC Photography Plan user.
I have used Lightroom for RAW management and processing since version 1.
I never thought Lightroom did everything I wanted. I never felt that switching between Lightroom and Photoshop was the best way to edit my photos. I am really fedup with how slow Lightroom can get.
I was delighted to see a plethora of apps, including ON1, being developped to compete with Lightroom/Photoshop pair.
I tried out all of these RAW processors/managers, and of the competition, ON1 stood out as the most credible.
I think with time ON1 may become a direct competition to Adobe, but here is the current state of affairs;
- I can’t port all my edits from Lightroom to any other RAW editor, including ON1, unless I save as TIFF or DNG and re-import. This is many years of work being lost. Alternatively keep two systems running at the same time, which is not feasible.
- I can’t take the chance that ON1 may disappear like DXO, unlike Adobe which is a robust company with increasing profits, is industry standard, and has a wide user base and good support.
- The most important reason for not leaving Adobe, was that there was no real speed advantage using ON1 in real life. As a matter of fact it has a more complicated layout which makes it slower to use.
- There is no new thinking behing ON1, it is merely being sold as a slightly quicker, and maybe cheaper Lightroom/Photoshop. It looks and behaves exactly the same. It has the same layout and layers as ACDSEE Ultimate. It comes with a few freebies, many of which are present in Lightroom.
- The discounted price is touted as cheaper, being a standalone app with no monthly payments. Yet, with time, paid upgrades for new cameras, lenses, and features, will appear, and will work out even more expensive to buy ON1 at the current retail prices.
- Since ON1, ACDSEE, DXO, and many more started being a credible competitor, Adobe has started seriously improving Lightroom, to a more modern app.