A First Look at ON1 Photo 10 Extension for Photos
ON1 Photo 10 Extensions In Development
Over the last several months, we've seen extensions for Photos trickling in. When I learned that ON1 was working on Photos extension support for ON1 Photo 10, I knew I wanted to share this news with PhotoApps.Expert. Graciously, they agreed that I could provide a first look.
Enabling the extensions
ON1 is working on extensions for the Enhance, Effects and Portrait modules of ON1 Photo 10. Enabling these extensions is done in the System Preferences, just like all other extensions.
Using ON1 extensions
Once activated, the ON1 modules are available in the Extensions area when editing images in Photos.
Unlike some extensions, the ON1 modules do not operate within the Photos UI. Instead, when an ON1 extension is selected, ON1 Photo 10 launches that specific module.
Photo editing continues within the ON1 application. All of the features and filters are available while running as an extension. In this regard, ON1's interaction with Photos is like a traditional plugin.
On this particular image, I applied three filters and used the masking tools on two of the filters (not pictured). Once editing is complete, clicking Apply returns to Photos.
While the editing experience is reminiscent of a plug-in, notice that there are still only 3 images in this album. The round trip did not create an additional image file for the edits.
Also, the Revert To Original button is present and works as advertised. As expected, sharing photos to iCloud include the ON1 adjustments applied.
Editing the extension in iOS is not possible. The shared photo has the adjustments “baked in”.
The round trip through ON1 produces a JPEG file, which means ON1's Smart Photo feature isn't available when run as an extension. That's too bad, because the Smart Photos feature let's you re-edit ON1 adjustments. When run as an extension, the filters and adjustments are baked in. If you want to make changes, you must revert the photo to the original and repeat any styling in ON1.
Although this is still in ON1's labs, I'm happy to see ON1 adding Photos support. I think it's great for Photos users — more choice is always good. Keep your eyes open for the official release!