Photomatix Pro
Photomatix Pro
6.2.0

5.0

Photomatix Pro free download for Mac

Photomatix Pro

27 January 2020

Extends dynamic range of digital photos/scanned films.

Overview

Photomatix Pro merges photographs taken at varying exposure levels into a single HDR image that reveals both highlight and shadow details, with options for automatically aligning hand-held photographs, removing ghosts, and reducing noise and chromatic aberrations. Merged images can then be adjusted by a range of options and settings to get the look that users want -- from natural-looking results using exposure fusion to painterly, surreal or ultra-realistic images using the tone mapping mode.

A free trial is available. The trial is fully functional and never expires, but adds a watermark to images produced with the most popular methods.

What's new in Photomatix Pro

Version 6.2.0:
  • New Merge to HDR plugin for Capture One, allowing users to merge a bracketed set of photos to HDR, then adjust and reimport the HDR image ba ck into Capture One, without leaving their Catalog or Session
  • Support for Canon CR3 RAW files
  • Support for new camera models including Olympus TG-6, Canon EOS M50, 90D, fUJI x-pRO3
  • Enabled drag & drop as a workaround for the issue of the application freezing when saving in the folder of imported photos on macOS Catalina
  • Bug fixed: Since macOS Mojave, the custom presets list (displayed on the 'Adjust & Preview' window as well as the Batch windows) weren't ordered in alphabetical order anymore
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32 Reviews of Photomatix Pro

5
Zx81
17 March 2019
Version: 6.1.18

Most helpful

Photomatix pro is essential in my workflow. I shoot real estate and bracketing is what I do most of the time. So, I transfer the files to my iMac>Batch bracketed photos>select the number of images to merge>select the style to apply (I always chose "natural" which only seems to be available for jpegs>Run and I edit my files. Fast, effective, simple. One of my best purchases ever!
(1)
Sanchai
11 November 2019
Version: 6.1.18
There is only version 6.1.3 and it is good for Catalina. There is no version 6.1.18 at all Please fix
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5
Zx81
17 March 2019
Version: 6.1.18
Photomatix pro is essential in my workflow. I shoot real estate and bracketing is what I do most of the time. So, I transfer the files to my iMac>Batch bracketed photos>select the number of images to merge>select the style to apply (I always chose "natural" which only seems to be available for jpegs>Run and I edit my files. Fast, effective, simple. One of my best purchases ever!
(1)
5
saliha-najib
23 September 2017
Version: 6.0.1
Photomatix Pro is the best editor of pictures with this new version 6 My software testing has been done on my Macbook Pro 13 (mid2012) 10.12.6 installed with Seirra The startup of Photomatix Pro is very fast and does not slow down CPU or Ram ....The interface is professional but simple to use with a very organized menu. the operation of Photomatix Pro is very fast in the modification of the photos especially this verssion 6 since Photomatix Pro merges photographs taken at varying exposure levels into a single HDR image that reveals both highlight and shadow details, with options for automatically aligning hand-held photographs, removing ghosts, and reducing noise and chromatic aberrations. Merged images can then be adjusted by a range of options and settings to get the look that users want -- from natural-looking results using exposure fusion to painterly, surreal or ultra-realistic images using the tone mapping mode. I highly recommend using Photomatix Pro and I give the note 5/5
(0)
droscar
21 September 2017
Version: 6.0.1
Current version on the developer's web site is 6.0.3.
(0)
Xenos
31 May 2017
Version: 5.1.3
current version is 6.0.1 !
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3
Heymini
24 August 2016
Version: 5.1.3
Trialed this after seeing some processed images, im glad that i didn't buy it. While it makes a fair job the interface is so unintuitive as to make using it a chore. I'll stick with Aurora HDR thanks.
(0)
3
DeidraM
20 January 2016
Version: 5.1.1
Not bad app. But interface is awful. Very difficult to orient in the app.
(0)
5
Bigboysdad
26 July 2014
Version: 5.0.4
There are so many HDR programs around. I have used this, the Photoshop version and the Nik software version. Of those 3, this is the best in my experience. Some of these programs really do overdo it. Photomatix can do all that as well if you want it to but most importantly for me, it comes out with the best *realistic* dynamic range images of this software genre..
(4)
4.5
Drdul
24 February 2014
Version: 5.0.2
I tried several HDR apps (and the Merge to HDR Pro feature in Photoshop CC) before deciding to buy Photomatix Pro. It produced the best results, offers the most features and was the easiest to use (after some learning time). I mostly shoot sequences of 3 and 5 images handheld, so auto alignment is a critical feature. Photomatix Pro did as well as Photoshop CC (which is supposedly the best at aligning images), and better than other HDR apps, including one that makes a big deal about its ability to align handheld images. The selective deghosting feature in Photomatix Pro also works very well, better than any automatic deghosting methods that I tried. I export images from Lightroom using the plugin supplied with Photomatix Pro (if you use ProPhoto RGB in Lightroom, check the dev's website for instructions as to how to preserve this colour profile on export). The raw file conversion in Photomatix Pro is okay, but even the dev admits it is not as good as Lightroom/ACR or other high-end raw converters. I have used both the Contrast Optimizer and Detail Enhancer tone-mapping methods with good results. My approach is to find a preset that provides a reasonable result and tweak the settings from there. I plan to create a few of my own presets as there aren't that many built-in presets that provide a natural or realistic looking result. I have not yet used any of the Exposure Fusion options (these are not HDR -- they simply merge multiple exposures, which is useful for night photography, for example). Exposure merging is a bonus feature in Photomatix Pro that isn't included in most other HDR apps. I knocked the app down a half a star because the interface is kinda clunky and fugly (the dev should just copy Lightroom's interface), and because the user manual does not help at all to explain the basic concepts of tone-mapping, fusion merging and deghosting (it simply explains what each slider and adjustment does). Fortunately, I found an outstanding tutorial online at http://hdrphotographer.blogspot.ca/p/hdr-tutorial.html that helped me get the most out of Photomatix Pro.
(3)
Drdul
24 February 2014
Version: 5.0.2
FYI: You can find 15% discount coupons on the 'net by searching for "Photomatix coupon." If you want to save a bit more and can wait until U.S. Thanksgiving at the ned of November, Photomatix Pro usually goes on sale for 20% to 25% off.
(0)
Rondfranks
01 January 2014
Version: 5.0.1
In app update still shows 5.0, not 5.0.1.
(0)
5
Detinux
01 June 2013
Version: 4.2.7
I really like Photomatix Pro. I did not use it that much - I just found out about the 4.x upgrade, which is free of charge. I think the program could use some work. The interface is not very maclike. I would have given it 4.5 stars, but PorkieHats ignorant and stupid, but most of all really unfair review urged me to give this program 5 stars.
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4
Bigboysdad
05 May 2013
Version: 4.2.6
Very good program, has been for quite a few years. Use either this or the cheaper veersion for $40, both of them recommended.
(0)
4
SithTracy
19 November 2012
Version: 4.2.5
I don't do a ton of HDR or tonemapping work, but when I do, this product produces some excellent images out of my raw files. It's a nice tool to have for both the PC and Mac.
(0)
5
Kraftsims
09 May 2012
Version: 4.2
I've used Photomatix for a while now. I have found it to be a great all around program for HDR. I found CS4 lacking terribly in that category, so Photomatix fit the bill. I purchased the primary program and the add on for Aperture to compare the two, not much difference really. I do find the stand alone to possibly be a little quicker and more robust, but not by much. I would recommend this programs. Stable, has many options for retouching, getting rid of hues and glows, nice program overall.
(1)
5
Musselrock
06 June 2011
Version: 4.1Beta4
I have used this application for about 2 years. At the time I bought it, Photomatix was unquestionably the best HDR application available - Much better than CS4s HDR implementation. Since then two products have appeared that challenge it, but seem no better than Photomatix to me. The developer has released several upgrades including a major version update at no additional cost. While I now have CS5 with HDR Pro, I'm still using Photomatix for ease of use. I can arrive at the same end point in both CS5 and Photomatix, but much faster using Photomatix. I intended to give it a 4 star review, but PorkPieHat's very unfair comment posted as a review has motivated me to make it 5 stars. I hope someone else who actually "uses" this application will join me
(7)
0.5
PorkPieHat
05 June 2011
Version: 4.1Beta4
Dkosiur's comment below is unquestionably astroturf — a fawning review written by the developer but disguised to look like a real customer review. Worse, the developer isn't even smart enough to write a bunch of other MacUpdate reviews for other apps so that when we click on his username to read his profile we don't immediately notice that the only review he's ever written here was the one above for Photomatix that's dated the same day as its last version was released! But the real (retarded) evidence that this is Astroturf is that his review above uses extremely easy to identify marketing-speak FROM HIS OWN WEBSITE! That's pretty much the definition of an idiot. It's also the definition of a developer who deserves to be BOYCOTTED.
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5
Dkosiur
28 September 2010
Version: 4.0
Version 4.0 has added at least one nice new feature that should prove very useful. Of note is the addition of a series of presets that are available via a scrolling window of thumbnails so you can get a quick idea of how your image may look before changing any parameters. Or use the preset as a starting point for your own explorations. And you can save any set of parameters as a preset which also creates its own thumbnail for the next time you use the program.
(1)
3
26cab40
01 April 2010
Version: 3.2.8b2
Great program, by far the easiest to use and produces great output. However, no support for the likes of Sigma's raw format and a few outstanding glitches with others.
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Macman9000
29 November 2009
Version: 3.2.7Beta4
This version still has problems using Canon RAW files in "exposure fusion" where if you choose to align files, a fair bit of the image is cropped from the right hand side of the image, and if you choose not to align images (all shot from a tripod) the resulting merge has all images scattered. Very frustrating.
(0)
5
Jan13
16 September 2009
Version: 3.2.3
EXCELLENT (!) PRODUCT with outstanding technical support !
(2)
Draw
09 September 2009
Version: 3.2.2
Hungs up during batch processing. Poor. (3.2.2.@ 10.6)
(1)
Uncoy
20 July 2009
Version: 3.2
Photomatix can make great images (unlike Hydra for example). But it's expensive and complicated. Bracketeer will generate great natural looking HDR for a fraction of the price. Far few bells and whistles, but I'm interested in results, not fiddling or fighting extreme presets.
(1)
5
Jan13
13 July 2009
Version: 3.2
Great Program and the ONLY sugestion I may have is a better like Mac Interface, Better integration with LightRoom and Integration with Aperure ... Otherwise I am very happy with it ...
(1)
4
Jonnyg75
02 December 2008
Version: 3.1.1
I think the program shows great potential based on what other people have done and shown using this program but its not intuitive, i'm sorry to whoever said that. They need to explain more what is going on, what all the dials do. THe First image that comes out is always horrid, and needs massive adjustments, and i find myself pulling random levers til it looks ok. A good tutorial working through several "Case Studies" of several photos would be nice so i could really learn the programs features.
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5
Kbeat
17 April 2008
Version: 3.0.2
When it comes to HDR merging, this is the gold standard. I get great results much more quickly using this program than I can with Photoshop CS3. I would even recommend the standalone version over the plug in they offer, as it allows you more control and better batch processing. My only gripe is that at $99, it's pretty expensive for a one trick pony. If you've been using the built in "merge to HDR" feature in Photoshop, I'd suggest downloading the free trial from hdrsoft and seeing how it compares. Don't do it unless you're prepared to drop 99 bones, because you won't want to go back to the hand work after you do. There's an HDR plug in on the way for Aperture that I have high hopes for as I'd love to be able to stay in Aperture throughout my workflow, but it would have to be one heck of a plug in to measure up to Photomatrix.
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5
Ajoe
23 November 2007
Version: 2.5.5b2
Outstanding HDR software! Stable and easy to use, with good support and excellent documentation. I've used both Photomatix Pro and Photoshop CS3 for HDRI and Photomatix is far superior to the CS3 implementation.
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Draw
10 February 2007
Version: 2.4b4
very impressive software!!!! i cross-checked results with the upcoming photoshop cs3: hdr tone mapping mode gives more options in photomatix. and the combine mode (highlights and shadows intensive) is worth to wait for its results! much better than adobes first approach... very (i repeat) very well done software...
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4
Rc
08 June 2006
Version: 2.2
PROS Great software which actually does what is claims to do. Also, the interface is simple and very intuitive. CONS 1. You have to have the foresight to actually take several pictures at different exposure settings 2. I don't care how steady you are, this is almost useless shooting freehand. You need a tripod 3. Only useful for "static" images or where the image on your frame does not change. Landscapes and Still lifes, great. Portraits, Iffy. Sports or taking pictures of kids, forget about it. But these are problems inherent in the shooting process itself NOT the software.
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4.5
Anonymous
24 February 2005
Version: 2.0.4
(BTW, I am in no way affilliated with the developer) Actually, Mr. choose-to-remain-anonymous... This program ADDS two or more differently exposed images together and spreads the difference of two exposures (not high dynamic range) into a wider gamut AND a higher dynamic range. This can and is being done. It is called remapping. It's like downgrading to 8 bits from say 12 bits, in reverse. NO...you cannot do this with only ONE image - that is - taking say an 10-bit image to 12, 14 or 16 bits. However, you can remap tones and recompile the sum of two or more images into a format that does have a higher dynamic range. this program apreads EXPOSURE ranges. It is not the same thing as using a SINGLE 16 bit image for anything. You can only get so much RANGER of exposure from a single image, BASED ON ONE EXPOSURE. You still expose one shot at a specific F-Stop. A 16-bit image, film image, whatever, is still either a bit over exposed or underexposed, no matter what its "dynamic" range potential, due to the nature of nature's incredible spread of light from bright sunlight to the deepest shadow, and we expose for light or dark NOT both ranges. This program spreads EXPOSURE range, and puts them into a higher bit image. Perhaps you need to re-educate yourself, hmm? That said, it would sell better at half the price, but you have to charge something to cover the invitable support. Hoever, the low end version is FREE, so why complain?
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Anonymous
06 February 2005
Version: 2.0.4
Newsflash: you cannot extend the dynamic range of an image after the fact. Either your film and scanner or your digital sensor were sensitive enough to pick up the entire range of tones you saw, and recorded it into the digital file, or it didn't. All software can do is allow you to set the white, gray and black points and remap everything according to that. More dynamic range would mean the software could add color data and detail where there was none before. Sadly for us, this is not possible.
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4.75
Anonymous
06 February 2005
Version: 2.0.4
very good app with a lot of parameters to play with but a little bit too pricey stable and fast on 10.3.7
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5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.0 or later

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