Unified Color Technologies has released HDR Express 2. Boasting a more streamlined workflow, image stacking and new de-ghosting algorithms, HDR Express 2 is powered by the company’s Beyond RGB technology, which allows colour and brightness channels to be adjusted independently thus preventing the telltale colour shifts often associated with HDR images. “Unlike other photo editing software, the new HDR Express 2 features “Adaptive Tone Mapping” algorithms that further improve contrast, colour, and detail retention in the highlight areas of large dynamic range images, while also maintaining optimal contrast and colour in darker areas of the image,” the company says. HDR Express 2 can be used as stand-alone HDR software or a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. It accepts JPEGs and TIFFs as well as most of the major manufacturers’ raw file formats. HDR Express 2 is available immediately at a special introductory price $84 through 12 November 2012, after which it will be available for the regular price of $99. Current Unified Color customers can upgrade to HDR Express 2 for $59.