Capture One 20 Released

Capture One 20 Released

Capture One 20, the newest version of the photo editing and organization software, has released today. Adopting a new, year-based naming convention, Capture One 20 boasts a number of improved features from Capture One 12, centering around refining the user experience.

According to the press release, developing Capture One 20 "focused on user feedback to deliver a refined design with new processing capabilities and significant workflow enhancements. Users can work faster than ever and more intuitively, meaning Capture One 20 is more useful and more efficient in everyday work, even easier for new users, more customizable, and still without compromise.”

Among the new touted features: a new basic color editor, crop tool, new high dynamic range tools, better noise reduction quality, greater layer functionality particularly with copy and paste, and added DNG support. The interface and appearance also received upgrades, including the ability to create pinned and scrolling sections for tools. A minor yet promising new feature particularly for event photographers, "Select Next When," automatically advances to the next image when applying a star rating or color tag to accelerate workflows.



Owners of previous versions can upgrade to the latest version at a reduced price. A 30-day free trial can be downloaded here.

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Cinghia Lino's picture

No free upgrades for those coming from their latest version Capture One 12, even when purchased less than 12 months ago.

That's the usual arrogance from Phase One.

There is no significant upgrade from 12, like every year that they do "Major" releases with minimal changes.
So you end up paying several times the cost of a license just because they want to exhaust you into subscribing.

It's a very arrogant, tricky way of conducting business and incredibly disrespectful of their long standing clients and evangelists who actively pushed for adoption in their workflow.

Over the years there has always been a fee for upgrading. That said, people who purchased 12 (upgrade or full version) from late October to yesterday receive a free upgrade to 20. Changing to a subscription is another option.

Johnny Rico's picture

They roll out yearly updates anymore, every November. The switch to '20 year based naming solidifies that this is going to be how they go forward. Expecting a free upgrade from anything past 60 days ago would be absurd.

thats why you use subscription..

Greg Wilson's picture

Well, developing software still costs money, so why should it be free for you?
If it's of low added value – we just won't buy it, right?

"No free upgrades for those coming from their latest version Capture One 12, even when purchased less than 12 months ago."

Yeah, there was - I got one.

they updaet every 12 months ago soo,,

Johnny Rico's picture

They didn't really add much for their increased upgrade fee's

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

Yes I also expected more.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

The upgrade costs less this year. I can't say for their non-Sony version, last year their Sony version upgrade was $109, now it's only $89.

If you're patient enough, and assuming they follow the same trend, you could wait until they have a sale. Early last year, they had a discount from $109 to $54.

Johnny Rico's picture

The whole Sony/Fuji thing being 1/3rd the price is still a slap in the face to me. It's a $159 upgrade from12 to 20.

I run 2 keys and alternate upgrades and was able to do the 11 to 12 w/ the free upgrade to 20 for $104'ish on black Friday weekend.

Perhaps Sony/Fuji pay them to do discounted price. They certainly pay to have express version free to consumers.

Johnny Rico's picture

I was always under the presumption it was to catch market share as Sony's sales are way up. But by the same rate they should offer a Canon / Nikon version @ discount

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

I don't think it is market share. The Sony version version cost less even back in 2014. Probably even earlier. The first upgrade I bought was in 2014 for $30.

It's vastly improved over previous versions.

I'll take better software over new gadgets every time,,,

Johnny Rico's picture

You are the first and only person I've heard say that about v20, also I'm using v20 and I'll flatly say you are wrong

Mike Yamin's picture

I must be the only one, but I like the subscription model, because I can update every time without sweating it. It's practically the least of my photo expenses overall.

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

I calculated it for me and it's the better option not to use the subscription model. In my case I can also use the software, when I'm not want to pay anymore.

Stefan Brink's picture

Is there any meaningful difference with the new HDR Sliders compared to the old ones?

Lenzy Ruffin's picture

From looking at the video, they've changed the sliders to work in both directions the way they do in LR. But I don't know why. It makes sense that a highlight or shadow recovery slider would only need to go in one direction (the recovery direction).

They probably only did that to make C1 more familiar to people jumping ship from LR.

Ryan Mense's picture

"Recovery" isn't a completely fitting name for what it's doing though. Makes more sense to have it go in both directions when you think about how it's adjusting the mid-low and mid-high end exposure range.

For me I use "negative" highlight recovery in LR (pushing the highlight slider to the right) to blow out backgrounds more (ie: a high key portrait) vs using an adjustment brush to brush in additional exposure. LR used to do the sliders the same way IIRC, and to me this makes more sense for those times when you do want "negative" recovery.

Tamas Nemeth's picture

By having the white and black taking control of the bright and dark side of the histogram, being able to pull back somewhat with the shadow / highlight sliders helps me to bring back some contrast in that tonal ranges, so I don't have to fiddle with the curves tool to have some contrast in there.
It gives me more pleasing landscape images than the previous recovery only toolset.

Stuart Carver's picture

They added blacks and whites to the tool too and it looks pretty powerful.

Stefan Brink's picture

Isnt that not just another way of adjusting your levels?

Stuart Carver's picture

I don’t think so, have a watch of the video, it seems to be just giving more control to the highlights and shadows, but in a different way to how levels would.

Tamas Nemeth's picture

No, it adjust the very low/high end of the curve. It's not a black/white point tool.

You're asking questions for which the answers are already available - maybe do your own research, rather than expect other people to do your work for you?

Constantin Menier's picture

I'm still using CO10, I was expectig a healing brush, a proper healing brus not a healing via new layer.

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