Photomatix Pro adds Multi-threading support

HDRsoft has updated Photomatix Pro. With the release of Photomatix Pro for Windows v3.2 key features like Multi-threading support for Tone Compressor and parts of Details Enhancer have been added. Multi-threading does lower the time you wait if you have a multi core PC.

I used my Shanghai HDR to make examples based on the out of the box presets that are now part of  Photomatix Pro

Source Material

Shanghai HDR Photos (above)

Presets results now part of Photomatix Pro v3.2

smooth skies preset

Painterly preset

Natural preset

Grunge Preset

Photomatix Pro updates

  • Updated RAW conversion routine to support RAW files from the Canon 500D/T1i, Nikon D3X, Olympus E30, Pentax K-m/K2000, Canon SX1/SX110 and Panasonic GH1.
  • Multi-threading support for tone mapping: complete multi-threading for Tone Compressor method and partial for Details Enhancer method. The maximum number of cores used can be adjusted in Preferences.
  • Details Enhancer’s Light Smoothing setting (renamed “Smoothing” in v3.2) has now two modes. The new mode is in the form of a slider and produces a slightly different effect. The behavior of previous versions corresponds to the “Light” mode which is in the form of five buttons named “Min”, “Low”, “Mid”, “High” and “Max”.
  • Details Enhancer’s Highlights Smoothness setting (i.e. the setting that avoids grey highlights and preserves “clean” skies) has been significantly improved.
  • Improved the accuracy of the Tone Mapping preview compared to the final image and changed the size options on the preview dialog. Size options are now ratios of the input HDR image such as 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8. Intermediary sizes are achieved via the ‘Preview Magnification’ setting.
  • Histogram of tone mapping dialog in now available per color channel and shows in a separate window. The count and percentile of each level is displayed while the user moves the mouse over the histogram.
  • Contextual help for the tone mapping controls shows in an expandable section of the Tone Mapping Settings dialog.
  • Batch Processing adds an option for automatically detecting the photos belonging to a bracketed set. This option is useful when some of the photos in the processed folder are not part of a bracketed set and/or when the number of frames per bracketed set varies.
  • Batch Processing adds an option for processing a sub-set of each bracketed set. This option is useful, for instance, when the user wish to batch process only three frames of bracketed sets containing five frames taken in one-EV step each.
  • Based on requests from time-lapse photographers, Batch Processing now reads any valid Tone Mapping setting XMP file saved under a processed sub-folder, and use its settings to tone map the images of the sub-folder.
  • Improved alignment of “by matching features” method.
  • Added built-in presets for Details Enhancer. Presets are “Natural”, “Smooth Skies”, “Painterly” and “Grunge”, and are accessible from the Presets combo-box.
  • Added ability to tag saved images with keyword set in Preferences. Keyword is added to IPTC metadata of images saved using the ‘File’ menu or created via Batch Processing (though not to via batching of single files).
  • Added option in Preferences giving the choice between default and previous settings when starting the tone mapping dialog.
  • Changed the name of ‘Process’ button into ‘Save and re-import’ when source images were exported using the Lightroom plug-in and the “Automatically re-import images into Lightroom” box was checked.
  • Simplified the layout of the Batch conversion of single files and added ability to set the JPEG quality.
    Improved panning and zooming of opened or processed images.
  • Made White Balance and Color Space settings for generating HDR image from RAWs sticky.

Photomatix Pro is a stand-alone program that creates and processes HDR (High Dynamic Range) images, and runs on Mac OS X and Windows XP and Vista. Some of the features of Photomatix Pro are also available as a Filter plug-in of Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4 and an Edit plug-in of Aperture 2.1.

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