Mac users, we're pleased to announce Macphun's all-in-one photo editor Luminar is now available for purchase with special launch pricing. (Existing Macphun customers get a further discount.)
We rated Luminar as "Highly Recommended", and you can now visit the Luminar web site to try it for free.
Akvis has released Version 4.0 of Akvis HDRFactory, an application that creates HDR images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures. This update adds a Share option that lets users upload HDR images to the social services directly from the app, fixes bugs, adds support for raw images from a variety of new cameras, changes the installation process for Windows and adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The plug-in variant now supports Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6. The new upgrade is free for registered users.
Akvis Press Release
Create High Dynamic Range Images with AKVIS HDRFactory V.4.0!
October 31, 2013 — AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS HDRFactory v.4.0 for Windows and Mac OS X. The software is a real workshop for the production of fascinating High Dynamic Range images. In version 4.0 it is possible to publish HDR images to the social services. Upgrade is Free for registered users.
AKVIS HDRFactory is an efficient program for creating High Dynamic Range pictures. The name of the program can be taken literally, as HDRFactory is a real workshop for the production of fascinating HDR images.
The software 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 HDR technology endeavours to bridge the gap between reality as we see it and its photographic reflection.
The program not only creates an HDR image from a series of shots taken with different exposure settings, it can also imitate an HDR effect on any photo. Just load your image into HDRFactory and admire the result!
The software can also be used for photo correction. You can slightly adjust color saturation and brightness, bring out the detail in dark areas, change the image temperature and tint, add a glow to your photo for a glamorous touch.
AKVIS HDRFactory brings life and color to your photos!
The program offers 47 ready-to-use presets - it is a wide choice of the impressive effects, from realistic to exuberant and dramatic. The preset preview window lets you quickly observe the result.
The software is available as a standalone program as well as a plugin for Photoshop and other graphics editors, for Windows and Mac OS X.
In Version 4.0:
Added the Share option that lets you post your HDR image from the program to the social services:Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+.
Added support for RAW images from various cameras.
Added compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Changed the installation process for Windows. Now there are two setup files: for Windows 32 bitand for Windows 64 bit.
Added compatibility of the plugin with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6.
Fixed bugs in both Win and Mac versions.
Registered users of HDRFactory can upgrade to the newest version for free by downloading and installing the new version.
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.
The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.9, both 32 bit and 64 bit.
AKVIS HDRFactory, Home license, sells for $69. The functionality of the program depends on the license type. Consult the official website for more details about license types and versions of the software.
AKVIS (http://akvis.com) 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.