Following on the heels of the Photomatix Pro 3.0 Beta 6 release for Mac comes Photomatix Pro 3.0 Beta 11 for the Windows platform. Along with improved Vista performance, the new Windows release also features:
- Drag and drop of images from the Explorer window to automatically create an HDR file.
- A new “Workflow Shortcut” panel to easily access the most used functions.
- Improved Tonemapping Preview with better sizing controls.
- A better loupe view for magnified viewing of the preview image.
- A new alignment option that is more accurate (but a little slower).
- A new algorithm method for Highlight & Shadow adjustments that reduces halos while preserving highlight and shadow details.
- Better handling of large image files.
- And new options for batch processing.
I have been using the Mac version of 3.0 and I am very pleased that the HDRSoft team has made the Windows version just as slick and functional. Now I feel satisfied with using either platform to process my images. The image below was processed with the new Windows Beta version and achieved very good results. I’m not sure how long these will be available as full functioning betas so if you have been trying to decide if you should buy the program or not, download it today and start playing and processing before they start charging for the final release. For more information, head on over to the HDRSoft website.
♦ DC Photowalk News
Folks have already begun to sign up for the March photowalk (ok, you don’t really have to sign up, just let me know if you are interested). I will try and get downtown this weekend to scope out a couple of potential routes. If you have any suggestions for a location where you would like to shoot, please let me know (but remember, this is a monument-free shoot).