Photomatix Pro
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Extends dynamic range of digital photos/scanned films.   Demo ($99.00)
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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
What's New
Version 5.0.3:
  • Bug fixed: When Nikon D610 RAW files were loaded, resulting image had red lines on the border. Bug had been introduced in v5.0.2.
  • Bug fixed: When dragging image files to the Photomatix Pro icon while Photomatix Pro had not yet been opened, the "Merge to HDR Options" dialog showed behind the background window.
  • Bug fixed: Moving sliders of the Finishing Touch dialog did not refresh the image until slider was released, even though the "refresh continuously as slider moves" option was set in Preferences.
  • Bug fixed: Sony RAW files with the SRW file extension could not be loaded from the Open Panel to load a single photo.
Version 5.0.3:
  • Bug fixed: When Nikon D610 RAW files were loaded, resulting image had red lines on the border. Bug had been introduced in v5.0.2.
  • Bug fixed: When dragging image files to the Photomatix Pro icon while Photomatix Pro had not yet been opened, the "Merge to HDR Options" dialog showed behind the background window.
  • Bug fixed: Moving sliders of the Finishing Touch more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later





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Photomatix Pro User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Drdul reviewed on 24 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 5.0.2]


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+374
Drdul commented on 24 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 5.0.2]


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+54
Rondfranks commented on 01 Jan 2014
In app update still shows 5.0, not 5.0.1.
[Version 5.0.1]


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+4

Detinux reviewed on 01 Jun 2013
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.
[Version 4.2.7]


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+390

Bigboysdad reviewed on 05 May 2013
Very good program, has been for quite a few years. Use either this or the cheaper veersion for $40, both of them recommended.
[Version 4.2.6]


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SithTracy reviewed on 19 Nov 2012
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.
[Version 4.2.5]


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+1

+9

Kraftsims reviewed on 09 May 2012
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.
[Version 4.2]


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+7

+14

Musselrock reviewed on 06 Jun 2011
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
[Version 4.1Beta4]


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PorkPieHat reviewed on 04 Jun 2011
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.
[Version 4.1Beta4]

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+10

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Harristype replied on 05 Jun 2011
PorkPieHat, here's one of your own comments from another thread: "Peachtreecity, it's not a review, it's a comment, and all the gnashing of teeth here about a measly comment that the app is overpriced is bizarre. You people really need to find a hobby, a lover or something, and then climb out of my ass." So why don't you heed your own words and realize that your 1/2-star rating above is really a comment?
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+6

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Ben-Marko replied on 24 Jul 2011
Harristype is right. Stop trolling MacUpdate, pork. Your incredulity is boring and annoying at the same time.
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+4
Detinux replied on 01 Jun 2013
This is bullsh*t. None of those arguments are sound. What if it's a happy customer who raved about the new release and immediately went to MacUpdate to review Photomatix? How's that 'unquestionable'?

The remark that the developer "isn't smart enough" to write reviews for other apps is only valid if you assume that it is the developer that has written the review. You are not smart enough to reason objectively. Instead, you reason in circles and your conclusion is your proof as well: a petitio principii.

You should be boycotted.
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+5

Dkosiur reviewed on 28 Sep 2010
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.
[Version 4.0]


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Macman9000 had trouble on 28 Nov 2009
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.
[Version 3.2.7Beta4]



+26

Runtime rated on 12 Feb 2014

[Version 5.0.2]



Andreas-Halder rated on 24 May 2013

[Version 4.2.7]



+160

Blloyd rated on 21 Jan 2013

[Version 4.2.6]



+21

droscar rated on 16 Sep 2012

[Version 4.2.4]



michaelenjoymac rated on 02 Jul 2012

[Version 4.2.3]



JDar0 rated on 26 Jan 2012

[Version 4.1.3]



Lrlieber rated on 17 Jul 2011

[Version 4.1]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Demo
Date:10 Mar 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $99.00
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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.


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