I actually followed your encouraging experience with On1 principally for organizing catalogs. However, that so non/intuitive for me and I haven't gotten comfortable with it. I am so used to the simplicity of Media Pro, (“drag and drop on or out!”, that I haven’t been able to escape immense frustration at On1 or Lightroom!!!
I need electric shock or some youth serum as I ask, “How is it that Robert enjoys it but I don’t?”
Hey that is why different companies maintain their loyalty. No product provides everything for everyone. Lots of photographers complain about Olympus camera menus or focusing or video capabilities or the fact that it has a 4/3 size sensor. I have no issues with any of those features on my Olympus cameras and speak favourably about the incredible features it has that I make use of that will keep me using Olympus gear ahead of any other. And these are features that for years I have made a living from as a professional photographer - even though my gear has been classified as not professional. LOL
I am grateful when the software developers provide full trial versions that I can verify that I can benefit from them - before I purchase. Your workflow is probably quite different from mine Asher.
I’m sure that Media Pro is a wonderful Media Asset Manager. And if that is a priority, then that is your product. I used to detest using Bridge in the old days before Lightroom - not because it didnt do the intended job - but once I caught on to Lightroom back in about 2007, it gave me the organizing functionality as well as image processing abilities that I needed, all in one application.
So that is more what I am looking for in on1 Photo Raw and have found. But on both counts (organizing and processing) I find more value than Lightroom. I’ve never compared it to the abilities of Photoshop or for that matter Affinity Photo. I still export to Affinity Photo on ocassions (such as the power lines last night) because it is superior and faster to do content aware fixes. on1 has that functionality, and if I didnt have Affinity, I would use it and be satisfied. But its not nearly as good as Affinity or PS
I also like the fact that if I dont feel like forking out for a newer version at any given time, I can still get my work done and be totally content with the results. That is how I used to view Photoshop and even Lightroom when I purchased a real application that I could keep on my computers and use for years because I didnt feel like coming up with hundreds of dollars for an upgrade that may only marginally affect my productivity or ability. I was really ticked when I made a choice to upgrade to the latest Lightroom version and right after paying $149, found out they were going to a subscription model and there would be no further updates or bug fixes to what I had. I used that version as long as I could, then needed to concede to the subscription for a couple of years until I got my new MacBook M1 that could handle the newer softwares (my old base model MacBook Air didn’t qualify)
So that is my logic Asher. I’m just sharing my experience, not trying to convince anyone of my choices.