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Photosphere is an image browser and cataloging application. Photosphere works on local files only, and is not Internet savvy at this time. It reads and writes JPEG, TIFF, OpenEXR, and Radiance-RGBE (often called HDR for "high dynamic range") image formats. A BMP file reader was added more recently, but no writer. The program continues to evolve daily, and I welcome bug reports and suggestions from everyone.

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Version 1.8.6U: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


OS X 10.5 or later

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Nice program except that it keeps wanting to open the network shares "With out my permission" , should have setting to turn off this feature, should stay "Local" unless you want it to go out to the network.

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Version 1.2
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just to aid in the description, photosphere aids in the creation of extended dynamic range images.

How that works is that to create an HDR image requires one to photograph the same scene at a range of exposures. This ensures that you capture detail often blown out in the highlights, or lost in the shadows.

What makes photosphere unique (well there is no app like this on the mac, but unique in similar aps on windows) is that it includes an automated alignment feature. So should you take these multiple exposures w/o a tipod, and hey are out of registration, it does its best to align them.

Ifyou save your image as an openEXR file, I also posted another free utility here to view them...


Conventional use for these images can be for image based lighting in 3D aps like Lightwave 3D. You can also use this to take an exposure wedge of an image to later edit in photoshop.

To give you some perspective on this trchnology, here are some websites...




some hdri products....



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Downloads 7,495
Version Downloads 622
License Free
Date 01 Jan 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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