Having tested On1 2020 after using 2018 and 2019.6, I’m beginning to think the reason ON1 is still slow and has relatively limited asset management capabilities is the lack of a catalog. On1 has to work on files that are quite large, 25mb or more. The larger the file the greater the strain on resources. Using the lightroom catalog as an example, the application never touches the larger files. It only includes RGB previews generated from the larger raw file. I believe the same is true for the Capture One catalog.. This gives the catalog approach a significant advantage with response time.
As for asset management, using the data base approach has many built in advantages over file structure. A data base is specifically designed to organize and manipulate large amounts of data. For example, with the catalog, I can look at an image in a folder and see every album it resides in. I can look at an image in any album see the folder it resides in. I can move from folder to album and back and the image will continue to be selected. I have the option of using the catalog only to store the metadata and edits or both catalog and side car files. Also the side car files do not track the albums the images are in so if moving to a new computer, keywords would have to be used in order to transfer that information. I have read some have had difficulty with keywords as have I especially regarding parent and child keywords. Maybe this is related to the lack of a catalog.
I realize one of the promotional points for ON1 is the lack of a catalog and that is attractive to many. But do the costs outweigh the benefits? I would be interested to hear the thoughts of others. Sorry if this post went too long
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