I upgraded to the latest version but the older version of the plug-in shows instead.
When you installed a newer version of the plug-in but the title of the plug-in's window still shows an older version, this is likely because there is still an older version of the PhotomatixPlugIn.ApertureEdit file somewhere on your hard drive. As Spotlight does not include plug-in files when it searches on your computer, you will have to proceed as follows to find and remove the older version:
- Go to the Finder, and press command+F to open a Search window
- Click on the double-arrow button named "Kind".
- Without releasing the mouse, select the "Other..." item located after the separator at bottom of the list that shows below the "Kind" item.
- On the table that pops up, locate the "System files" attribute and click on it. Then click on the OK button.
- Make sure that the button to the right of the "System files" button is set to "are included" or "include".
- In the Search box, enter 'PhotomatixPlugIn.ApertureEdit' (without the quotes) and delete each file with that name.
- Download and install again the latest version of the Aperture plug-in from the download page.
- Restart Aperture.
Is your Aperture Plugin compatible with Mac OS 10.9 / Mavericks?
In case you get an incorrect Preview image (with vertical lines and wrong colors) since upgrading to Mac OS 10.9, you will have to ensure that the file format of your Export settings is set to TIFF, by following these steps:
- Choose "Aperture > Preferences..."
- Click on the Export tab
- Set the External Editor File Format pop-up menu to "TIFF (16-bit)" or "TIFF (8-bit)".
Does the plugin work in Aperture 3?
Yes. The Photomatix Plug-in for Aperture is 64-bit compatible since version 1.1.3 and therefore accessible within Aperture 3. If your version of the plug-in is older than v1.1.3, please download the latest version from the download page.
I get an "Unsupported Image Format" error when saving the image.
Several users reported getting this error, and it seems to be due to some type of bug in Aperture (a web search for "Aperture unsupported image format" returns many entries of people having this error with Aperture in general, including without using any plugins at all).
Unfortunately, we cannot fix bugs in Aperture since we don't have access to the Aperture source code. In fact, we haven't even been able to reproduce the issue ourselves, which would have at least given our engineers a chance to test some possible workarounds.
However, we did receive a few reports from users who reported having found a workaround. The best suggested workaround so far, is to hold the Command+Option keys while opening Aperture, and choose to rebuild the database. Others reported having solved the issue by creating a new Aperture library, and others by deleting the images and then reimporting the originals from backup.
I already purchased Photomatix Pro. Is there an upgrade path to the Aperture plug-in?
Yes. Please see the details here.
How does the Aperture plugin differ from Photomatix Pro?
The Photomatix HDR Plugin for Apple Aperture offers the following features:
- Merge of bracketed photos into HDR
- Automatic alignment of bracketed photos
- Automatic ghosting removal
- Reduction of noise and chromatic aberrations
- Tone Mapping with the Details Enhancer and Tone Compressor methods
- Exposure Fusion with the Fusion/Natural method
The standalone Photomatix Pro offers all above features. It also offers Selective Deghosting, thumbnails of custom presets, Loupe preview, read/write support of 32-bit HDR image format, and Batch Processing. These features, and a few others, are missing in the current version of the Photomatix Plug-in for Aperture.
For more details, see the features comparison list.
Do you plan to add selective deghosting and batch processing to the plugin?
We may offer selective deghosting in a future version of the Photomatix plugin for Aperture. Note that the current version of the plugin includes an option for automatic deghosting.
The Photomatix HDR Plugin for Aperture is an Edit plug-in, which means it is not suited to batch processing. It may be possible to offer a batch-like functionality with an Export plug-in, but we do not have plans for this at the moment.
I see you have a new version of Photomatix Pro. When can I expect the Aperture plugin to be updated?
The Photomatix HDR Plugin for Aperture is a "real" plug-in, in the sense that it works within Aperture and does not require the standalone Photomatix Pro to do its work. This means that both products are developed separately and therefore updated separately.
Be ensured, though, that we are committed to update the Photomatix Plugin for Aperture on a regular basis. Also, updates to our plugin for Aperture will be free of charge for several years to come.
Note that our Lightroom Export Plugin works very differently from our Aperture plugin (there is more details on this below). Our Plugin for Lightroom only exports to the standalone Photomatix Pro -- it is an auxiliary tool part of Photomatix Pro, which is why it is updated together with Photomatix Pro.
Why do you charge for your Aperture Plugin while the Lightroom Export Plugin to Photomatix Pro is free?
The colors of my HDR image in the Aperture Plugin look different than in Photomatix Pro, though I processed the same RAW files.
When you use an Edit Plug-in with RAW files, Aperture will first convert these images to TIFF or PSD in order to enable the plugin to edit them. This is what the message "Preparing image for output" means.
When you process your RAW files directly in the standalone Photomatix Pro, you leave the task to convert the RAW files to Photomatix. RAW conversion is a complex task. It involves color conversion from camera to output space among other things, and each RAW converter has its own "secret" recipe to perform the color conversion. Photomatix does not know how Aperture perform its color conversion, so it can't do the same as Aperture.
If you want to compare results from the standalone Photomatix Pro and the plugin for Aperture, you will have to use the same files as input to HDR tone mapping, which are the TIFF (or PSD) versions exported by Aperture. The Photomatix FAQ has more details about this workflow.