Can't use ON1 Photo Raw 2019 with Photo Mechanic
ON1 Photo Raw 2019 (trial version) seems to have obliterated my workflow in ON1 Photo Raw 2018. My preference is to use Photo Mechanic as my photo browser. In ON1 2018, I could drag a thumbnail from Photo Mechanic to the ON1 dock icon. ON1 would launch and open the image in Layers. So long as I remembered to designate the layer as a Smart Layer, all my edits in Develop and Effects would be retained when I saved the image, within ON1 2018, as a .psd file. That is, I could re-open the .psd file any time thereafter by again dragging the thumbnail from Photo Mechanic to the ON1 2018 dock icon. All my edits would be accessible in ON1.
None of this works using ON1 2019 with Photo Mechanic. Dragging a thumbnail to the ON1 2019 dock icon launches ON1 in browse mode and does not open the image. There is no longer a Preferences option to open ON1 in Layers. If I select an image in browse, edit it in ON1 2019, and export the finished image as a .psd file, my edits in ON1 are no longer accessible from within the .psd file, as they were in ON1 2018.
My preferred workflow seems to be a casualty of the new approach to layers in ON1 2019. I may eventually decide to use ON1 as my browser instead of Photo Mechanic, but I’m not there yet. Is there any way I can retain the workflow described in the first paragraph of this post using ON1 Photo Raw 2019?
I have the same issue with dragging a thumbnail from Photo Mechanic to ON1 Raw 2019. My preferred behavior is, as Jeffrey's--for that particular image to open in any module instead of the entire folder opening in Browse.
Jeffrey, if I understand your secondary issue, when you open the image, you can move into the Layers module, then you would have to duplicate layers as you progress through edits. I think this is the same as 2018. Then when you export the .psd, presumably into Photoshop, you still can access the edited layers. Or do so in Browse.0
Hi, Glenn. Thanks for responding. Re my secondary issue:
So far, I have done all my (experimental) editing on only one layer in ON1 2019. After I export the finished layer as a .psd, I cannot access the edits at all - not even in ON1 2019. Exporting apparently flattens the file for all purposes, even to ON1 2019 itself. If the file is not exported, the edits made in ON1 2019 do not appear in Photo Mechanic. Photo Mechanic sees only the original, unedited file.
The result of these limitations is that images edited in ON1 2019 are only saved nondestructively within ON1 2019 itself. My guess is that these limitations are casualties of the new multi-layer nondestructive editing features in ON1 2019.
That may not be a bad tradeoff. For example, the ON1 2019 browser displays .m4v videos taken on my iPhone, which I can't get Photo Mechanic to display. Then again, neither browser displays images edited natively by any of the Skylum apps.0
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