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Aurora HDR is award-winning and powerful HDR software for Mac users by Macphun, and it is now even better with the updated version Aurora HDR 2017 available.
The first version of the software was released two years ago, with a significant update a year ago, and now loads of new features are available in the update for 2017. If you are a Lightroom or Photoshop user you can use Aurora HDR Pro as a plugin in LR or PS. If you are not a Lightroom or Photoshop user, Aurora HDR can be used as a standalone application, so you won’t need to purchase any additional software.
Landscape and nature photographers can make great use of HDR software, and Aurora has more to offer than any other HDR software available. With Aurora HDR you can use a single photo or multiple bracketed photos to create beautiful high dynamic range images. Use RAW files, DNGs, or JPGs.
Best of all, Aurora HDR’s user interface is both simple and powerful. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or professional you will be able to easily get great HDR effects.
What Does Aurora HDR Have to Offer?
There are a lot of features that make Aurora the most powerful HDR software available. Below you’ll find a few key features, but you can find a more complete list at Macphun’s website.
- Simple and powerful user interface
- Can be used with Lightroom and Photoshop, or as a standalone application
- Use a single photo or multiple bracketed photos
- Works with RAW files or JPG files
- Includes loads of presets created by leading photographers
- Layers and masking
- Easy social sharing
What’s New With Aurora HDR 2017?
If you already own a previous version of Aurora HDR you are probably wondering if it is worth the money to upgrade to the latest version. Here is a look at some of the key features and additions in the 2017 version:
- Improved user interface
- Improved tone-mapping technology
- Advanced HDR tone-mapping adjustments
- Batch image processing
- Automatic RAW color noise reduction
- Support for DNG files
- Polarizing filter
- Radial masking tool
- Zone system for luminosity masks
- Advanced top & bottom adjustment panel
- Defringe tool
- HSL tool
- Hue, Saturation, Luminosity panel
- Feather & density parameters for layer masks
- Image resize on export
- Image sharpen on export
- Additional blend modes for layers
- Serge Ramelli signature HDR presets
- Captain Kimo signature HDR presets