Because On1 no longer uses the same authentication service, some really great OnOne tools that didn’t make their way into the latest versions of On1 PhotoRaw could no longer be installed.
This really sucks because OnOne Focal Point was the best DOF plugin I had ever tried. And this is coming form someone who has AlienSkin Bokeh 3! So, even though I have Windows 10 up and running properly (so far so good) I can’t install the OnOne suite that had Focal Point on the Win10 boot drive. Nor could I install PhotoTools Professional on the Win 10 boot drive. Good thing for me I have them installed on the Windows 7 boot drive.
But here’s the conundrum: One the Windows 7 drive, there is something in the latest On1 plugins that won’t let the older plugins work. If I pulled the On1PhotoRaw plugins out of the Photoshop plugin directory, the older OnOne plugins worked. So, it became a case of trial and error juggling these four OnOne/On1 products between Adobe CS6E and Adobe CC:
On1 PhotoRaw 2019
Perfect PhotosSuite 5.5.4
Perfect PhotoSuite 9
PhotoTools 2.6 Professional.
This is what I finally got.
Adobe CS6E: I can use Focal Point 2, PhotoTools 2.6, and just On1 PhotoRaw 2019 Develop plugins. Doesn’t matter I don’t have the On1 Portrait or Effects plugin, because when you launch the Develop one, you can just click on over to Effects, Portrait, or Local adjustments. But I can’t use any of the Resizing plugins. That’s ok, I can use AlienSkin BlowUp.
Adobe CC: I can use Focal Point 2, PhotoTools 2.6, On1 PhotoRaw Develop and Effects plugins. BUT I can also use all the Perfect PhotoSuite 9 plugins, including Perfect Resize. Yay, go me.
Now, this is if I am using Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw. Yes, even though On1PhotoRaw is wonderful, I import the finished image into Photoshop, and there are plugins/tools I have there that On1PhotoRaw just doesn’t have.
Part of me wants to upgrade my Win 7 boot drive to Windows 10 just to see if those plugins will still work, but, I am going to err on the side of caution (even though I have a clone of the Win 7 drive as a back up) and since it ain’t broken, I’m not going to fix it. If I have to stay with Windows 7 to do photo editing, so be it.