HDR Soft has ended the 3.0 beta and released the final version of Photomatix Pro 3.0.
We’ve talked extensively about this program on the show and several of us use it to generate tone maps.
New features in version 3.0
Improved workflow and User Interface
Workflow Shortcuts panel and addition of Tone Mapping button on HDR viewer
Dragging multiple image files to the Photomatix icon can automatically invoke the Generate HDR or Exposure Blending dialog.
Tone Mapping preview opens in a separate window with improved size controls
Presets menu allows quick access to user settings
Loupe does not replace image preview anymore. Checkbox enables to control separate refresh of preview and loupe
Second automatic alignment method
New alignment method is based on feature matching, and corrects for rotation in addition to translation.
New alignment method uses a different algorithm and approach from the first method, allowing to choose the best algorithm depending on the image. The new alignment algorithm is slower but often more accurate.
Improved Exposure Blending
New algorithm for method ‘H&S – Adjust’. It produces natural looking results while preserving highlights and shadows details well.
Preview and Loupe available for all Exposure Blending methods.
Ability to select the images for method ‘H&S – 2 images’
Merge of the two ‘H&S – Intensive’ sub-methods into one with a Strength setting added (its default value is equivalent to the formerly Light method and its maximum to the formerly Enhanced method).
RAW files are now supported for Exposure Blending
Improved handling of large HDR image files
When the size of the opened HDR image file reaches a threshold, a dialog box offers the option to open the image in preview mode. Choosing this option works similarly as formerly “Large File Processing” which has therefore been removed.
Size of threshold that triggers the dialog is 30 MegaPixels by default and adjustable in Preferences.
New options in Batch Processing
Selection of source files can now be done by files in addition to folder.
When the source image has a thumbnail embedded, selecting that image with the mouse shows the thumbnail.
Option to process bracketed images having each exposure located under a separate folder
Added support for Raw files of new camera models, such as the Nikon D300 and Sony A-700, for instance.