Photomatix HDR Plugin for Aperture

Download Photomatix HDR Plugin 3.0.1 for Aperture
(Mac OS X v10.6 through v10.11)

Installation instructions

  1. Go to the place where you downloaded the plug-in (normally your 'Downloads' folder) and open the folder named PhotomatixHDRPlugin3.0.1.
  2. You can either use the installer or install the plugin manually:
    • Using the installer

      Double-click on the file InstallerPhotomatixPluginForAperture
    • Installing manually

      Move the file PhotomatixPlugIn.ApertureEdit to: Library/Application Support/Aperture/Plug-Ins

      In case there is no 'Plug-Ins' folder in "Application Support/Aperture", create the folder manually.
  3. Start or restart Aperture.
  4. Select bracketed photos on the Browser or the Viewer.
  5. Control-click (or right-click), select Edit With and then Photomatix HDR

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Update log

28-May-14 - Updated in v3.0.1
  • Bug fixed: When invoking the Plugin in a Smart Album while the "Import saved image" option is enabled, the saved image was not imported and instead a duplicate of the image at normal exposure was created.
19-May-14 - Updated in v3.0
  • New Tone Mapping method named Contrast Optimizer. It is good at producing realistic-looking results while still enhancing shadows and highlights. Contrast Optimizer comes with two additional built-in Presets: 'Balanced' (second on the list) and 'Vibrant'.
  • Option to refresh Preview continuously as slider moves. You can enable it on the Preferences panel.
  • Ability to adjust the Deghosting strength.
  • Option in Preferences to import the saved image, which is checked by default. Importing the saved image makes it possible to choose between JPEG (default), TIFF 8-bit or TIFF 16-bit to save the image as, as well as to add a suffix to the file name of the saved image (default is "_HDR"). Note, however, that importing the saved image has the drawback of moving the saved image at the top of your current project when viewed in Aperture's Browser and Viewer.
  • Bug fixed: On some configurations, Aperture sometimes reported the saved image in error with the message "Unsupported Image Format Error". Note, however, that unchecking the "Import saved image" option on the Preferences panel reverts to the previous behaviour.
  • Help is now in the form of a 22 pages user manual.
12-Nov-13 - Updated in v2.1.2
  • Bug fixed: Custom Exposure Fusion presets could not be loaded.
13-Oct-12 - Updated in v2.1.1
  • Bug fixed: Since version 3.4 of Aperture, the Presets pop-up menu did not list saved presets anymore due to the sandboxing of Aperture.
  • Bug fixed: Keyword set by user in Preferences did not stay on the Preferences panel and was not applied till the next session.
1-Jul-12 - Updated in v2.1
  • Addition of 20 built-in presets.
  • Filtering of preset thumbnails by category.
  • Options for alignment, deghosting, and reduction of noise and chromatic aberrations are now set on a dialog showing after having invoked the plug-in on bracketed images.
  • Changes in the Details Enhancer algorithm aimed at addressing the issue of difference between the preview and final image that may occur in some cases.
  • Ability to resize the window to a smaller size to fit into the display of a 11" MacBook Air.
24-Aug-11 - Updated in v2.0
  • Option to automatically remove ghosts.
  • List of thumbnails of built-in presets.
  • More flexibility for resizing the preview and addition of scrollbars when the preview does not fit in window.
  • Addition of Sharpness setting to Fusion method (replaces Shadows setting).
  • Made double-clicking on sliders reset to default value for the setting.
  • Change in presentation of Details Enhancer settings as in version 4.1 of Photomatix Pro.
13-Jan-11 - Updated in v1.2
  • Addition of Exposure Fusion method.
  • Improved noise reduction: use of high-quality noise reduction algorithm introduced in Photomatix Pro 4.0.
  • Option in Preferences to apply noise reduction to selected number of bracketed images.
  • Changed Preview size option. The control is now a combo-box that can take three values (small, medium, large) which corresponds to the size ratio of Photomatix Pro.
  • Bug fixed: Values lost their decimals after having clicked on the 'Undo' and 'Redo' buttons.
  • Bug fixed: The Details Enhancer "Temperature" setting numeric display does not update correctly
  • Bug fixed: 'Smoothing' setting could not be undone.
19-Sep-10 - Updated in v1.1.6
  • Acceptance of new license keys for Photomatix Pro Plus Bundle valid for Photomatix Pro version 4.
  • Addition of built-in presets "Black & White" and "Deep", and update of "Painterly" and "Smooth Skies".
  • Bug fixed: When switching to Tone Compressor and then back to Details Enhancer, the Presets list showed the presets of Tone Compressor.
13-Jul-10 - Updated in v1.1.5
  • Adjustments to the algorithm of the Tone Compressor method intended to improve the rendering with default settings and to extend the range of the Tonal Range Compression setting.
  • Improved robustness of the "by matching feature" alignment.
  • Bug fixed: When processing in Aperture 3 with the Tone Compressor tone mapping method and the source images were aligned with cropping, the output image showed scrambled.
16-Nov-09 - Updated in v1.1
  • Multi-threading support for tone mapping: complete multi-threading for Tone Compressor method and partial for Details Enhancer method.
  • Improved alignment of "by matching features" method.
  • Details Enhancer's Light Smoothing setting (renamed "Smoothing" in v1.1) 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 correspond 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.
  • Added built-in presets for Details Enhancer. Presets are "Natural", "Smooth Skies", "Painterly" and "Grunge", and are accessible from the Presets combo-box.