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Akvis has released version 3.0 of Akvis HDRFactory Windows and Macintosh. This update adds the new Remove Noise parameter, provides compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8, fixes bugs, and updates the list of the ready-to-use presets. The Deluxe and Business variants offer a special feature - the Ghost Removal tool which helps repair the so-called “ghosts” that sometimes appear when creating an HDR image. Akvis HDRFactory sells for $69 for the Home version (either Plugin or Standalone), $99 for the Home Deluxe variant (Plugin and Standalone) and $189 for the Business edition.
Akvis Press Release
AKVIS HDRFactory v.3.0, an Efficient Tool to Create High Dynamic Range Photos
September 12, 2012 — AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS HDRFactory v.3.0 for Windows and Macintosh. The software creates HDR images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures or from a single image. Version 3.0 adds the new Remove Noise parameter, provides compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8, fixes bugs, and updates the list of the ready-to-use presets.
Often you will see a breathtaking, dramatic scene which you want to capture with your camera, but your camera just cannot do it justice. Once you have transferred the photo to your computer and see it on your monitor, it just doesn’t look like you remembered. While the sky may be bright, the subtle details in shadows are gone, and objects in the dark areas of the photo are not discernable at all. No digital camera, no matter the quality, can reproduce what the human eye can see. In fact, the human eye can perceive 100 million colors and shades at a time, while a camera can distinguish only between 16,8 million colors, which is 6 times less.
Thankfully, HDRI technology makes it possible to return these details back to your photos. AKVIS HDRFactory uses this technology to create an HDR image from a series of photographs or even from a single photo. It can bridge the gap between what your eyes can see and what your digital camera can record.
AKVIS HDRFactory is a versatile program for creating High Dynamic Range images and making photo correction. HDRFactory creates HDR photos by combining several images of the same object taken with different exposure values. The result is an expressive contrasting image that reflects reality with a higher level of authenticity than a simple snapshot.
The name of the program can be taken literally, as AKVIS HDRFactory is a real workshop for the production of fascinating HDR images. With AKVIS HDRFactory you can come very close to reality and even go beyond it by creating surreal stylized images with fabulous colors and unique effects.
The software in Deluxe and Business variants offers a special feature - the Ghost Removal tool which helps to repair the so-called “ghosts” that sometimes appear when creating an HDR image. These “unwelcome guests” (semi-transparent doubled passersby, cars, tree leaves, etc) are a result of combining a series of source photos that contain moving objects. HDRFactory will help you to remove these artifacts without a trace.
AKVIS HDRFactory can also imitate the HDR effect using only one photo by creating a pseudo-HDR. This technique is useful if you don’t have a series of images with different exposures. Just load a single image into AKVIS HDRFactory and admire the effect which goes beyond photo realism and opens the door into the fascinating world of HDR.
AKVIS HDRFactory brings life and color to your photos! HDRFactory can also be used for photo correction. You can adjust color saturation and brightness, and bring out the detail in dark and bright areas, change the photo’s temperature and tint, add a glow to your image for a glamorous touch.
The software is available as a standalone application as well as a plugin for Photoshop and other graphics editors, for Windows and Macintosh. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8.
Also, Version 3.0 adds the noise removal feature, fixes bugs, and updates the list of the ready-to-use presets.
Now the program offers 57 ready-to-use presets! A preset contains the settings of all three tabs (HDRI, Adjustment, and Effects). The Preset Preview window lets you observe the result in real time. The presets list gives access to a wide choice of effects, from realistic to exuberant brightness and color.
Registered users of HDRFactory can upgrade to the newest version for free by downloading and installing the new version.
Download AKVIS HDRFactory v.3.0. For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.
The software runs on Windows 7/Vista/XP and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 and 64 bit.
AKVIS HDRFactory sells for $69 USD for Home version (either Plugin or Standalone), $99 USD for Home Deluxe (Plugin and Standalone, all features, including the Ghost Removal tool), $189 USD for Business (Plugin and Standalone, all features, including the Ghost Removal tool, for commercial use), downloadable from http://akvis.com.
Both Home and Business users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS programs in the AKVIS Alchemy Bundle (al 17 products) with the discount of 60%, a huge savings over purchasing each separately.
AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released a number of successful programs.