Hydra
Hydra
4.2

2.0

Hydra free download for Mac

Hydra

4.2
04 October 2018

Create artistic or photorealistic HDR images.

Overview

Hydra lets you create beautiful high-dynamic-range (HDR) images by merging multiple exposures, effectively capturing both dark and bright subjects to make it more natural, or to enhance scene drama. A single photo cannot represent the entire dynamic range of light in a scene, due to the physical limitations of the sensor. The picture is either too dark or too bright, or both. Hydra allows you to overcome this limitation by merging a number of photos with different exposure settings, and to create a natural image that is much closer to what your eyes actually see. Alternatively, Hydra can also artistically push contrasts to increase drama and emotion in your pictures beyond reality. This new release of Hydra has been optimized for latest macOS enhancements, and it provides native Metal support with maximum performance, in addition to a more modern and simpler user interface.

New and Improved Features
  • Optimized for Metal
  • Elegant and easy-to-use translucent user interface
  • Automatic or manual image alignment with high-precision live positioning and fine-tuning
  • Manual removal of ghosting artefacts using region delineation tool and per-region output contribution
  • High-precision, 128-bit internal format
  • Much improved tone mapping including presets, and live, full-resolution preview
  • Advanced comparison tool of result against original pictures
  • Single or multiple input photos of various formats (JPEG, RAW, HDR, EXR)
  • Blazingly fast rendering to various output file types (JPG, TIFF, HDR, EXR) and color spaces (sRGB, Pro Photo, AdobeRGB...)
  • Accurate color processing, including support for Deep and Wide Color displays (30-bit, DCI-P3 display of latest iMac 27’)
  • Integration with Apple Photos app (input / output)

What's new in Hydra

Version 4.2:
  • Optimized for macOS 10.14 Mojave.
  • Improved support for dark theme & accent color. Accent color now effective throughout the app, in particular ghost selection & various buttons.
  • Metal 2 optimisations.
  • Fixed 8-bit rendering on integrated Intel GPUs that could output corrupt image (Mojave only).
  • Fixed 32-bit rendering on discrete GPUs that could output black image when tone mapping was not applied.

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Captsaltyjack
22 May 2008

Most helpful

I didn't care for Hydra, to be frank. I took different shots, some of them with 3-bracket ranges, others with 5-bracket ranges. The results that Hydra spit out were poor, weirdly saturated (kind of a "candied" look to it), or underexposed. I took the same exact photo sets and ran them through Bracketeer (GUI frontend for Enfuse), and the results were stunning. With some tweaks, they looked even better. Can't recommend Hydra. Go for Bracketeer, save a few bucks, and get a better performer too.
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Version 1.5.2
Maurizio-G
01 September 2016
Too overpriced app with a bad support service. I've written many times about a problem but I didnt 'receive a satisfactory service. I 'm sorry I bought it but I unistall it.
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Version 4.0.3
1 answer(s)
Creaceed
Creaceed
22 September 2017
Hi Maurizio, I just checked the history of our support system, and our team did really try to help: we even made a custom build (rare) to further investigate this situation, but then we stopped receiving answers from you. Sorry for frustration.

If we can do anything to help, please reach out & mention this thread.

/RS
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Staps Fanny
17 August 2016
Well overpriced app that has many issue regarding the UI They claim it is fast with Metal, but to be honest it is dreadful slow on my MBPr i7 It crashes at random adding large image files and is slow reacting when changing some effects. This just doesn't work for me. Sorry.
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Version 4.0
1 answer(s)
Creaceed
Creaceed
22 September 2017
Hi. Sorry for the delay, we are not very active in this forum. I just made some tests with Hydra 4.1 on a Core i5 MacBook Pro 13" from 2016 to assess the speed with a set of 3 RAW image of 20 megapixel each.

Here are my results:
- load time: < 2s per image
- alignment time: 2s
- development time (tone-mapping): 9s
- JPEG export: 1s

In our testing, this is very competitive for an HDR app which can take over 30-60s for similar processing. But I'd be glad to look into your specific situation (Mac model, image format, etc.). Please email support@creaceed.com & mention this thread.

/RS
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gryphonent
22 December 2013
I've installed the latest plug-in from the developer's website… but still get the following error when using it in Aperture: "Hydra plugin is too old to be used with this version of Hydra. Please update the plugin from our website." Wrote to developer… no reply. I'm running the latest version 3.2.
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Version 3.2
1 answer(s)
Sandrine
Sandrine
08 January 2014
Sorry, your email was in the Spam folder. We are now investigating the issue.
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IloveBurma
25 July 2013
FYI: 20% off Hydra on the Mac AppStore this summer. Nice deal
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Version 3.1.1
Birdy53
18 January 2013
Very easy app to learn. Produces impressive HDR Photo results. The interface is clean and very Mac like. Outstanding alignment tools, I was producing images in no time. Highly recommended.
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Version 3.1.1
limies
23 November 2012
I prefer Photomatix - it's a classic soft !
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Version 3.1.1
Clint007
24 August 2012
I've bought the Hydra Pro last year, I have the version 3.0.1 But it is another person who receive the note from Apple to get it upgrade and the link is on my eMail. That person never bought Hydro Pro. !- Is my version 3.0.1 is up-to date? 2. Hydra doesn't have eMail address, same for Creaceed!! 3. How do I get my correct eMail with Apple concerning that notice about Up-to-date.
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Version 3.0.2
1 answer(s)
Sandrine
Sandrine
29 August 2012
Where did you purchase Hydra Pro? Through Creaceed's Website or the Mac App Store?
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iBernard
01 August 2012
I am NOT upgrading to Lion or Mountain Lion as most of my software is NOT COMPATIBLE with either...and it seems like the latest version of HydraPro is one of them. I paid for it, I have a legit registration key for it, and would like to USE WHAT I PAID FOR. What's the scoop here?
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Version 3.0.2
Cowicide
22 June 2012
Someone should let this developer know that only 40 percent of Mac users are currently using Lion and that's straight from what Apple said at the WWDC keynote a few weeks ago. Alienating people using 10.6.8 at this stage of the game is simply bad business.
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Version 3.0.2
1 answer(s)
Sandrine
Sandrine
02 July 2012
Hydra 3 works fine on 10.6.8 as well. I advise you to try the free demo version.
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Roger-Kelley
05 February 2012
Given that Lightroom 4, now in Beta, seems to have enhanced HDR features, one wonders whether Hydra Pro for $50 will be a cost effective purchase. The ratings stars below are purely arbitrary. http://lightroomkillertips.com/2012/new-lightroom-4-preset-the-hdr-look/
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Version 3.0.2
$49.99

2.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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