Monday, May 7, 2012

Photomatix Pro 4.2 Available

Photmatix Pro HDR on my John Deere D100

HDRsoft's great software Photomatix Pro has updated over the weekend. Below are a list of updates and a download link for both Mac and Windows. Don't forget to use my name JimmyBatte at checkout to save some $!  If you're looking to get into High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography... this is a staple!

Update log
30-Apr-12 - Updated in v4.2
Main new features in v4.2
-Display options for preset thumbnails: View at a larger size or in two columns, and filtering built-in presets by category.
-Simplified size options on Preview dialog: Size ratio mechanism replaced by magnifier icons for zooming in or out at 20% increments.
-"Finishing Touch" palette for post-processing a tonemapped or fused image: Options for increasing contrast, adjusting the saturation of individual colors, and sharpening.
-Addition of 20 built-in presets.
-New fusion method designed to produce natural-looking rendering of interiors with bright windows. This method is called Fusion/Realistic and is only accessible in batch mode. Note that Fusion/Realistic requires much longer processing times than the other methods.
-Transfer of all EXIF metadata in the source photos to the tonemapped or fused image.
Other updates in v4.2
-Option to import presets. The option is accessible from the Preset Category combo-box when the "My Presets" tab is selected.
-Changes in the Details Enhancer algorithm aimed at addressing the issue of difference between the preview and final image that may occur in some cases.
-Custom presets can now be organized in groups. Presets belonging to a group are listed under a sub-menu of the Preset combo-box list of the Setting Adjustments dialog, as well as on the Preset Category combo-box of the Preset Thumbnails panel when the "My Presets" tab is selected.
-Option in Batch of Bracketed Photos for reducing the size of the output files, and adding contrast and sharpening.
-Added support for Raw files from the Canon S100, 5D Mark III and G1 X, Nikon D4 and D800, Panasonic GX1, Fuji X10 and Sony NEX-7.
-Various small improvements to the dialog for entering EVs that is showing when the source photos do not contain exif metadata or when one or more exposures are the same. In the latter case, the dialog now lists the exposure information read from the EXIF metadata.
-Option in Batch Single Photos for adding a suffix to the output file name.
-In Naming Options of Batch Bracketed Photos, ability to only use the name of the first file in the bracketed set to compose the file name of the combined image.
-Added support of undo and redo keys (cmd+Z/cmd+shift+Z) to Setting Adjustments window as shortcut to the "Undo" and "Redo" buttons.
-File created in batch mode is automatically renamed if a file with the same file name already exists.
-Ability to open saved image in another application now also available when saving a 32-bit HDR file.
-Added detection of DNG files saved with Fast Load Data option, returning an error message when loading them instead of processing incorrectly.
-Option in Preferences to save EXR files without Mac OS X Image I/O framework in order to avoid normalizing the floating point values before writing them.
-Made watermark removal accessible to licensed users of Photomatix Essentials and Photomatix HDR Plug-In for Aperture.
-Bug fixed: Memory leak when the "Show intermediary 32-bit image" box is checked.
-Bug fixed: Clicking on the "Preview sample..." button of the White Balance setting section of the Preprocessing dialog prompted to a directory other than the directory of the loaded bracketed Raw files.
-Bug fixed: Histogram did not refresh when coming back to the tonemapped/fused preview image by unchecking the 'Preview' box.

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Workflow for John Deere D100: 3 exposure HDR (-2...0...+2) > Photomatix Pro (Custom set) > Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 > Topaz DeNoise(Jepg Strong) > Topaz Simplify 3 (BuzSim).

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