Co-developed with renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, new Aurora HDR 2018 is available for the first time for both Mac and Windows users. It introduces a completely new user interface and exciting new tools, plus brings speed improvements.

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Macphun Vice President Kevin La Rue says of Aurora HDR 2018, “The original Aurora HDR quickly became the industry standard for HDR photo editing on Mac and the new version is even more innovative and powerful than its predecessors. With Aurora HDR 2018, we’ve introduced the next generation of tone mapping for superior natural results, plus long-awaited lens correction and transform tools that allow users to create perfect HDR images.”

What’s New in Aurora HDR 2018?

Aurora HDR 2018 has a completely new and smarter algorithm for tone mapping single or multiple exposures that results in the most realistic starting image possible. When merging brackets, the algorithm analyses each image separately, automatically detecting dark and light zones and adjusting the level of detail which will produce a very natural looking HDR image. With single image processing, the tone mapping algorithm brings out colours and enhances dark and light zones. Either way, this initial starting point is a great foundation for advanced image editing.

Another major improvement to Aurora HDR 2018 is the new HDR Enhance Filter. A single slider adds details and clarity to an image, adjusting colors, details and contrast without creating artificial halos or other problems. Moving the slider also adjusts the intensity of changes, making the picture look more natural or revealing a more dramatic look, depending on the desired effect.

Full List of New Features in Aurora HDR 2018:

  • NEW: Next-generation Tone Mapping – A new smart Tone Mapping algorithm automatically reduces noise, and produces more realistic and natural initial results.
  • NEW: Mac and Windows versions – Aurora HDR 2018 is available both for Mac and PC users, enabling mixed-computer households to share the same product key.
  • NEW: Lens Correction Tool* – The new Lens Correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel and pincushion to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
  • NEW: Transform Tool* – Easily scale, rotate and shift your image to better fit your vision.
  • NEW: Dodge & Burn Filter – Selectively lighten or darken specific areas of an image to artfully direct your viewer’s eye towards the key subject of your image, similar to a traditional darkroom technique.
  • NEW: HDR Enhance Filter – Adds details and clarity to an image, adjusting colors, details and contrast without creating artificial halos or other problems.
  • NEW: User Interface – A new, modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
  • NEW: History Panel – An easy-to-reference list of edits made to your image, the History panel allows you to click on any editing step to revert the photo to an earlier stage of editing.
  • NEW: Touch Bar support for Mac – Aurora HDR 2018 adds Touch Bar support to give new MacBook Pro users fast access to key editing features and speed up their workflow.
  • NEW: Image Flip and Rotate* – Perfect for correcting photos with incorrect horizons or making creative compositions or other stylistic changes to an image.
  • IMPROVED: New Structure Algorithm – The re-developed Structure tool allows you to adjust detail and clarity of an image to get a classic HDR effect with great detail or a smoother effect with less details.
  • IMPROVED: RAW handling – An improved RAW conversion brings out more details in shadows/highlights, displays colors more accurately and reduces noise in RAW files.
  • IMPROVED: Crop tool update – Now specify custom crop sizes for even more versatility.
  • IMPROVED: Speed – Faster merging and masking performance, improvement in RAW image processing.

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New Aurora HDR 2018 also brings more blend modes, improved colour temperature, image radiance, and an improvement whereby custom textures can now include RAW files. Aurora HDR 2018 can work as a standalone app, as well as a plugin to Lightroom and Photoshop both on Mac and PC versions, and with Adobe Elements and Aperture on Macs.
* Lens Correction and Transform tools, as well as image flip and rotate will be available in the Mac version at launch, and arrive in the PC version with the first free update in the beginning of October. Other tools and features that are currently available for Mac only would be added to PC version by the end of the year.

“Since the launch of Aurora HDR, Macphun has released more than 10 updates containing tons of new features and improved performance,” said Trey Ratcliff. “Today, I’m very excited to announce the launch of Aurora HDR 2018. It’s completely new, significantly faster and has even more powerful tools. Plus the BIG news is that it’s now available for Microsoft Windows as well. It’s truly the best HDR software for both Mac and PCs.”

Still not impressed enough to click the trial or buy button? Check out this dramatic introduction to the software by photographer Trey Ratcliff:

Availability:

Pre-order will run from September 12 until September 27 at aurorahdr.com/2018. Pre-order customers will receive a bonus pack:

  • BONUS: Trey Ratcliff Deep Dive video
  • BONUS: Travel Photography Tutorial by Matt Granger
  • BONUS: Source Brackets
  • BONUS: 3-month Zenfolio Pro website, including a complementary design consultation. $60 value.

Pricing:

Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC which can be activated on 5 devices.

Pre-order:

Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre­-order price of $49
New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 at a special pre­order price of $89

Retail price:

$59 for current Aurora HDR users
$99 for new users

System Requirements for Mac OS and Windows

Aurora HDR 2018 Mac

  • MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini Processor Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo or better
  • Memory 4 Gb RAM or more
  • macOS Sierra 10.12.6, El Capitan 10.11.5, Yosemite 10.10.5
  • Hard disk 2 Gb free space, SSD for best performance
  • Display 1280×768 size or better

Aurora HDR 2018 Windows

  • Windows-based hardware PC with mouse or similar input device
  • Direct X 10 compatible Graphics Cards of better
  • Processor Intel Core i3 or better
  • Memory 4 Gb RAM or more
  • Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Hard disk 2 Gb free space, SSD for best performance
  • Display 1280×768 size or better
  • Supported formats: JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, RAW (NEF, CR2, RAF, ARW, etc). With the basic export function you can create an image file and save it in the following formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, JPEG-2000, TIF, PSD (mac only).

Can be used as plug-in for: Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC; Photoshop Elements 10-15; Apple Aperture 3.2 (for Mac); Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 or СС, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2017. Photos extensions support — for 10.11 OS X or newer.

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