When ON1 released ON1 Photo RAW 2024 it also switched around the products and license tiers. Previously, you could buy ON1 Photo RAW as a standalone package and individual components like ON1 Effects or Portrait AI as standalone ‘pro’ plug-ins. Now, though, these are all rolled into the Max edition so how does this work?
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ON1 Photo RAW 2024 options – pay outright
ON1 is still offering ON1 Photo RAW as an outright purchase, but in two editions. The regular edition contains all of ON1’s various technologies, including Effects, Portrait AI, NoNoise AI, Resize AI, Sky Swap AI and HDR built in. These are only available within the ON1 Photo RAW application.
What ON1 did previously was to split these out as individual plug-ins so that you could use them from Lightroom, Photoshop and other supported editors. They were sold individually or as a bundle.
This option has now gone. All those individual plug-ins still exist, but not as individual purchases. Instead, they’ve all been rolled into the ON1 Photo RAW 2024 Max edition. If you want to use ON1’s tools as plug-ins from your favourite software rather than using ON1 Photo RAW 2024 itself, you’ll need to get the Max edition.
ON1 Photo RAW 2024 subscriptions – ON1 Everything vs ON1 Everything Plus
So what do ON1 subscriptions offer that might tempt you away from the pay outright options? The main differences is that the pay outright options entitle you to free updates only for the life of that version. So when ON1 Photo RAW 2025 comes out next year, the updates to ON1 Photo RAW 2024 will stop and you’ll have to decide whether to stick to the ‘old’ version or pay the upgrade fee to get the new one.
If you choose the subscription option, however, the updates continue indefinitely and next year’s 2025 release will also be free as part of your subscription plan. The payments may be regular, but the overall cost of ownership could work out quite similar.
That’s because there are other benefits to subscriptions. One is the inclusion of online storage – 200GB for ON1 Everything and 1TB for ON1 Everything Plus. (It looks like you also get 200GB with ON1 Photo RAW 2024 Max, but it’s not clear what happens to that in the long term when ON1 Photo RAW 2025 comes out, for example.)
The ON1 Everything Plus membership also includes ON1 Plus Membership, and “Full Access to all ON1 Plus Content–Video Library, Creative Library, Video Courses, Loyalty Rewards, and more”. In addition you can install ON1 Photo RAW 2024 on five machines rather than two (three with ON1 Photo RAW 2024 Max).
There’s one further benefit to subscribing – you will also get standalone app versions of the ON1 plug-ins. This could be useful if you want to launch them independently rather than from your usual software.
So which version of ON1 Photo RAW 2024 is best?
- ON1 Photo RAW 2024 pay outright gives you access to all of ON1’s editing technologies for a one-off payments but you don’t get individual plug-in tools
- ON1 Photo RAW 2024 Max gives you the plug-ins too, so that you can work within ON1 Photo RAW and use its tools from within other programs like Lightroom (and Capture One, interestingly).
- ON1 Everything wraps all this into a subscription package with no initial payment but a monthly subscription that continues indefinitely but includes future updates and 200GB cloud storage
- ON1 Everything Plus increases the cloud storage to 1TB (great if you use multiple computers and devices) and throws in ON1 Plus Membership for training, freebies and discounts
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