Aurora HDR Software for Mac & Win


Aurora HDR 2018 Now for Mac or Windows!

Aurora HDR 2018 is now available for both Mac AND Windows! That’s right, the world’s leading HDR photography software has been entirely redesigned with exciting new features, improved user interface, speed improvements, Windows support and more. I’ve been using it a ton and I think you’ll be blown away!

Current users of Aurora HDR should check this link to see if you qualify for the special price. New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 and my new Aurora HDR tutorial in my online store.

 

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Sneak Peek Inside Aurora HDR 2018

Below is a sneak peek video I made that shows off just SOME of the new features!

What’s new in Aurora HDR 2018?

  • Next-generation Tone Mapping – A new smart Tone Mapping algorithm automatically reduces noise, and produces more realistic and natural initial results.
  • Mac and Windows versions – Aurora HDR 2018 is available both for Mac and PC users, enabling mixed-computer households to share the same product key.
  • Dodge & Burn Filter – Selectively lighten or darken specific areas of an image to artfully direct your viewer’s eye towards the key subject of your image, similar to a traditional darkroom technique.
  • HDR Enhance Filter – Adds details and clarity to an image, adjusting colors, details and contrast without creating artificial halos or other problems.
  • Sleek User Interface – A new, modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
  • History Panel – An easy-to-reference list of edits made to your image, the History panel allows you to click on any editing step to revert the photo to an earlier stage of editing.
  • Touch Bar support for Mac – Aurora HDR 2018 adds Touch Bar support to give new MacBook Pro users fast access to key editing features and speed up their workflow.
  • Image Flip and Rotate* – Perfect for correcting photos with incorrect horizons or making creative compositions or other stylistic changes to an image.
  • Lens Correction Tool* – The new Lens Correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel and pincushion to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
  • Transform Tool* – Easily scale, rotate and shift your image to better fit your vision.
  • IMPROVED: New Structure Algorithm – The re-developed Structure tool allows you to adjust detail and clarity of an image to get a classic HDR effect with great detail or a smoother effect with less details.
  • IMPROVED: RAW handling – An improved RAW conversion brings out more details in shadows/highlights, displays colors more accurately and reduces noise in RAW files.
  • IMPROVED: Crop tool update – Now specify custom crop sizes for even more versatility.
  • IMPROVED: Speed – Faster merging and masking performance, improvement in RAW image processing.

* Lens Correction and Transform tools, as well as image flip and rotate will be available in the Mac version at launch, and arrive in the PC version with the first free update at the beginning of October. Other tools and features that are currently available for Mac only will be added to the PC version by the end of the year.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your new beautiful photos online with the hashtag #AuroraHDR ! 🙂

Want to learn even more tips & tricks about Aurora HDR 2018?

I’ve made an all new extended length, step-by-step, video tutorial that shows how to get the most out of Aurora HDR 2018 in a variety of different scenarios… from landscapes, indoors, people and single image files. As usual, I start out the tutorials very slowly, aimed at total beginners. But then we move on to intermediate and advanced techniques.

You can also order the Aurora HDR 2018 Super Bundle which includes my new tutorial to save even more money!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your new beautiful photos online with the hashtag #AuroraHDR ! 🙂

Here’s a few images I created with Aurora HDR 2018!


HDR for Mac & Win

Aurora HDR 2018 is entirely redesigned with exciting new features, improved user interface, speed improvements and the biggest news…. it’s now available for Mac AND Windows!!

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Aurora HDR was already the best HDR software available. What features and tools make Aurora HDR 2018 all new?

  • Next-generation Tone Mapping
  • Mac and Windows versions
  • Lens Correction Tool*
  • Transform Tool*
  • Dodge & Burn Filter
  • HDR Enhance Filter
  • Sleek User Interface
  • History Panel
  • Touch Bar support
  • Image Flip and Rotate*
  • IMPROVED: Structure Algorithm
  • IMPROVED: RAW handling
  • IMPROVED: Crop tool
  • IMPROVED: Speed

* Lens Correction and Transform tools, as well as image flip and rotate will be available in the Mac version at launch, and arrive in the PC version with the first free update at the beginning of October. Other tools and features that are currently available for Mac only will be added to the PC version by the end of the year.

  • Joec

    You’re paying them off with pre-issue software. These fucking clowns sold me 2017 through the Apple App store and claim they can’t find it. It’s on my machine. properly licensed. They’re screwing around with me and trying to collect a full fee upgrade. Unfortunately I have a lot of MacPhun software and I’ve realized they’ve got a revenue stream through deception. You’re using a raview copy – I pay for my software and Aurora screwed me. Fuck them.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Joec, if you post in the Macphun Facebook group they should be able to help validate your software and arrange your upgrade.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/macphunphotography/

    You can also contact them on [email protected] if you haven’t already.

  • disqus1IsHcTr0ct

    Wow! Eager anticipator of Aurora 2018 Window here, just downloaded (yes, read the manual) and working with it and…Complete Disaster! Trying to install as Photoshop CC plugin crashes Aurora. Trying to install preset package crashes Aurora. First HDR edit went nice up to moment of TIF export, then result viewed in Photoshop CC has wildly distorted colors compared to preview (input of 3 frames @ 2EV intervals, Tif, ProPhoto RGB space; TIF export.) I’m thinking from this experience that Aurora only works with sRGB import and export, and if that’s so, it’s hardly a professional tool.

    I’ve asked for support from MacPhun and reply is pending, but Trey, I’d suggest you get on the phone with MacPhun and insist they correct theses bugs and bring this product up to your standards.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, Macphun are aware of the Photoshop issue that some people are experiencing and are working on a fix. As for the TIFF issue, that isn’t the result we would expect. If you haven’t already, send them a copy of the files you are importing. That will allow them to investigate/fix that particular issue quickly.

  • Nikita

    Thanks, Trey! Love the software!
    One concern – can you add drag-and-drop functionality, like Photomatix has? (Windows version)
    It makes it a bit difficult to search for each new image I want to open through Aurora, dragging would be much easier.

  • Editguy

    The windows version is loaded with bugs. It feels like it’s still in beta and I’m sorry I paid for it at this point I should have tried the trial first.

    The program crashes… a lot.

    Windows shortcuts don’t work.

    There is no ability to save work in progress only an export function.

    There is no “round trip” from Lightroom making the Lightroom plugin offered useless, you wind up with extra tif files on your hard drive and have to manually re-import work from Aurora back into Lightroom, making this software extremely inconvenient.

    When trying to go back and edit a layer all layers above what you are editing turn themselves off making you work basically blind. What kind of feature is that?

    When using the masking feature on a layer I occasionally experience graphic abnormalities like hard straight edges mixed with round feathered curves being drawn on the screen.

    And the mouse wheel should change the value of the slider you are adjusting, you shouldn’t have to exclusively drag the slider to change its value.

  • Stu – SIC

    Yes, that will be added.

  • Stu – SIC

    The plugin bug was patched over the weekend and Aurora should prompt you to update. Color profile/additional file format options are coming soon. You can see a list of the planned updates here: https://aurorahdr.com/faq (scan down to the scheduled updates in 2017 section)

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, sorry to hear you are having so many issues… on the crashes, if you are able to reproduce them drop [email protected] a mail with the details and they will investigate/fix asap. Also include a copy of an image (original, not after the Aurora edits) thats giving you issues with the hard edges etc so they can work out if its image specific or not.

    Some of your other points are worth mentioning too so that Macphun can consider changing the workflow/features but when you say shortcuts, do you mean keyboard shortcuts? If so, that will be added soon (and hopefully the scroll wheel too), they are in on the Mac version now.

    Round trip to Lightroom should work now, I’ve just run a test now on my system and after clicking “apply” the file was visible to LR without needing to sync the folder, or re-import. Again, worth a mention to support.

    You can keep an eye on the planned updates/new features over here: https://aurorahdr.com/faq (Scan down to “What is the schedule of feature updates you are planning to add to Aurora HDR 2018 before the end of 2017?”)

  • Editguy

    Where do you see an apply button? I only see the options to export which creates an additional file on my hard drive and leaves the original exported file unchanged.

  • Stu – SIC

    When you open Aurora as a plugin via Lightroom the Apply/Cancel buttons show and clicking Apply takes you (and the file) back to Lightroom. If the export option is showing then Aurora has been opened as a stand alone app.

  • Editguy

    I only see the apply button when Aurora is launched as a plugin from Photoshop. When launched from Lightroom it is not there. I just uninstalled Aurora and reinstalled running as administrator and I get the same exact results. The apply button is there when I launch from Photoshop but not there when launched from Lightroom where I really need it.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, I’d suggest opening Aurora stand-alone, ignoring the update message then uninstalling the plugin. Next restart Aurora, install the update to 1.0.1 (682) and then install the LR plugin fresh with that version. If that doesn’t work, let the Macphun team know on [email protected]

  • disqus1IsHcTr0ct

    Okay, “Eager Anticipator” here again after doing through some support conversations and file transfers with MacPhun that are still ongoing.

    The Photoshop plugin install crash was fixed with an update.

    The preset package install crash still exists; can’t install the Serge Ramelli presets.

    The export file color distortions problem still exists, but I have found a workaround that is not entirely satisfactory. Here’s the explanation of it I recently sent to MacPhun support:

    “My Windows workflow in Adobe uses 16-bit TIF files and ProPhotoRGB (converted from RAW by Adobe Camera RAW) as the working color space and file format. Displays are accurately calibrated. For reasons I assume you understand, this workflow preserves maximum image detail, best color reproduction, and the most downstream processing options for high-quality printing, publishing, Internet sharing, etc. Most professionals do something similar. All of my applications including Adobe, On1, Topaz, Photomatix, etc., read, convert, and write into this workflow easily and with good color accuracy. Aurora is the first application that’s ever given me any kind of color trouble.

    As noted I’ve found a workaround, not totally satisfactory, to assign sRGB color space to the output TIF file in Photoshop, which doesn’t make sense because the output file properties report as sRGB already. Tried assigning to ProPhoto RGB and makes no difference at all. From this behavior I surmise that that Aurora 2018 can only export 8-bit files in sRGB color space, period, regardless of format. However, that still doesn’t explain why the Aurora sRGB export has distorted colors when interpreted by my PhotoShop defaults. As I said, no other application I use produces any color display inaccuracy in sRGB files. This would seem to indicate there is something non-standard in Aurora’s sRGB export that does not play right with PhotoShop.

    I could be wrong or flawed in my color management conclusions, but in the meantime they lead to this complaint: If Aurora 2018 can only export 8-bit sRGB files, it is hardly a professional tool. It is something for hobbyists and amateurs. Do you have support planned for 16-bit color and large-gamut colors spaces?”

  • Stu – SIC

    Good feedback, I’m sure Macphun will make use of it.

  • Stu – SIC

    Oh, one question… the Serge presets, are they new or were they released for Aurora HDR 2017?

  • disqus1IsHcTr0ct

    I don’t know. The MacPhun site refers purchases to FastSpring, which is a MacPhun storefront function, I think, and they are offered there.

  • Stu – SIC

    That could be the problem. I’m not aware of him having a pack for 2018 (other than the one included in the software) so it may be a 2017 pack, something which Macphun are providing support for soon.

  • disqus1IsHcTr0ct

    Well that’s just freaking great. Doesn’t every other software company in the world make add-ons backward compatible, or at least publish a warning if they are not? No disclaimers, no notifications, just put it out there and see which idiots will buy it? Who are these people?

  • Ben

    I was so excited when Aurora HDR 2018 Windows was announced.
    Bought it, installed it as a standalone with intention to add it to myLightroom workflow when it is more stable.

    My main gripe with it is ” why launch a software with all the wonderful features but has no command to save a work in progress image that can be further enhanced anytime that I want to ?” The File Save button is missing and CTR+S also doesn’t work.

    Until the File Save button is introduced, this software is still a trial version, unusable and I paid for it as an early bird.

  • Bill Ray

    I bought a license for Aurora 2018 a few days ago. like many of you, I was excited to finally be able to run the app on a PC. Did a quick test on a 3 bracket shot I took in Germany two years ago and was pretty pleased with the results. Then I went to use the batch mode I had read about in the owners manual. NO BATCH MODE ON WINDOWS APP!!!! Why wasn’t it mentioned that the Windows version would not have all functionality? I am SERIOUSLY bummed about this. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9cb49194981f4fd63af3b475b36b67a73429b5c2978bb80930f44ed3f5134a48.jpg

  • Bill Ray

    OK. Just went back and looked at the planned updates on the FAQ page
    https://aurorahdr.com/faq (scan down to the scheduled updates in 2017 section)
    Now batch mode in windows is listed by end of year. Still very disappointed that I wasn’t warned about this. Probably would not have paid for a license until Batch mode was available. Note — it wasn’t on the list when I looked at it yesterday. I presume this means I wasn’t the only one who complained and/or entered a ticket.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Bill, the eta on batch mode for PC has definitely always been in the upcoming features list. Although it says by the end of 2017 it will hopefully be much sooner. Cool image by the way. 🙂

  • Nikita

    Another question regarding the handling of raw files, specifically the .DNG ones from DJI Phantom 4 Pro.
    As far as I know, the raw files contain some sort of information to compensate for distortions of the lens which are automatically applied when you import the image into Lightroom or ACR. However, this is not the case with Aurora, which means that I still have to use Lightroom to straighten up the image. I know Trey shoots with the drone often, so I’m sure this should be added as well.

  • Daniel

    crashes … crashes ….crashes… plus a few bugs
    Never had a paid for program with as many bugs and chrashes
    For me the program is currently not usable

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Daniel, have you provided Macphun with details? If not, then use [email protected] and include your system specs and any info on what you have just done when a crash occurs.

  • Stu – SIC

    You can now manually apply adjustments in Aurora using the lens tool… auto fixes, that may happen in the future. 🙂

  • Daniel

    Yes, no solution so far

  • Nikita

    The lens tool allows that to a certain degree, yes, but it’s not perfect… Besides, I still have to manually crop the image after that. Auto adjustment like in other raw-handling software would be a big plus 🙂

  • Nikita

    Any plans to add a sharpening tool?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, HDR Structure (Reduce softness = sharpen) and HDR Details Boost both sharpen your image.

  • Ian M

    Just purchased Aurora HDR 2018, NO BATCH MODE ON WINDOWS APP!!!! It’s in the user guide – I have been deceived!

    Can I get my money back?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Ian, batch processing in the WIndows version will be added via a free update soon. You can see the full list of enhancements coming to both Windows and Mac here: https://aurorahdr.com/faq

    If you still wish to have a refund you can email [email protected] and we’ll arrange that for you.

  • Richard Barrett

    Just bought it after a trial, also picked up your tutorials which led me here. Way better than the hours of dull Photoshop lum mask training I’ve been sitting through, definately unlocks your creativity. Keep it coming & I can’t wait to some of your other training and check out this wonderful site!

  • MumMim

    I am not very impressed yet.
    I can’t scroll along all of the presets..have to click/hold on the scroll bar to scroll thru the presets.
    When save, it does not add a name of a preset to the file like with Photomatrix.
    I can’t drag and drop a photo or photos onto it like with Photomatrix.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, if you click a preset you can use the arrow keys to move back/forward. When exporting the name of the file can be edited to contain anything you wish. With the Aurora splash screen open you can drag and drop images to open them.

    If the above isn’t working for you on the latest version, drop Macphun a mail on [email protected] (You can also submit feature requests there too)

  • MumMim

    Thanks for an updated version. I can drag and drop plus scrolling now.
    To me, automatically adding a name of the style to the exporting image helps to refer back in the future when I want to apply the same style to another image.

  • Ed

    I just bought and tried to install Aurora on my iMac. After clicking on the icon on the install program, it gave me the option to open, which I did. I later could not find the icon in my Applications folder. I searched and it is not anywhere else. I clicked the install again and it opened again. I selected “keep in Dock” on my dock, and it opens when I use that icon, but apparently reinstalls each time. Obviously I’m missing something very simple. Can you tell me what it is?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Ed, the best thing to do is chat to aurora support about this. You can email them on [email protected] or chat to them in their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/skylumsupport

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, you can see the planned updates here: https://aurorahdr.com/faq

    If you need any more specific info then the best people to answer that are Macphun/Skylum on [email protected]

  • Bill Ray

    Now batch processing is listed as a future update for PC — doesn’t seem to even have a goal for release. I am seriously bummed about this.

  • Stu – SIC

    HI Bill, the intention is still to have batch processing implemented as soon as possible. The upcoming list is quite fluid at the moment while Macphun are working tirelessly to get through it (There were features in this weeks patch which were not initially listed).

    If you don’t wish to wait, drop [email protected] an email and we’ll arrange a refund for you.

  • Qwurpy

    Agreed! In addition to the inability to save progress, we can’t even rename layers in the PC version-not to mention all the other issues mentioned here. The fact that we were sold a half-baked product with no warning is infuriating.

  • Joec

    Mcphun cleaned it up. Responsive.

  • Josh

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ced71a37a56e3405e70e3b348875d11093ab33c73d87edf3c3460da42c60c08a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/730c08cc5fa6cdca6d1d6311374534b06156612d1631edb03a223a7af01fc907.jpg

    I got Aurora up and running and love it but ran into at least one shortcoming versus Photomatix. The alignment tool in photomatix allows me to handheld take bracketed shots and combine them without issue. I used the three same images in Aurora that I used without issue in Photomatix and got ghosting around the focal point of the image, which renders it useless. The wall below the focal point is perfectly aligned, which makes me think it’s a very slight rotational issue in the handheld shots. Regardless, Photomatix dealt with it just fine. The results in Aurora aren’t usable.

    The Aurora and Photomatix images created from the same three bracketed images are below (zoomed in on the area of the ghosting in Aurora) for comparison

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Josh, interesting feedback. Send this set of images over to the Aurora support team with your text so they can take a look. (I’ve used handheld fine as has Trey (a lot)) so there must be something quirky with this particular set which Skylum can hopefully work out and fix.

  • Josh

    Thanks for the quick reply! I sent them to them first and kind of got blown off, which is why I commented here. I was hoping Trey might lean on the developers a little to improve the alignment function to at least be on par with Photomatix. They said thanks for the feedback, we’ll pass it along. I love the functions and finished images when alignment isn’t an issue, but like I said, this image is useless. Kind of a bummer.

  • Ken Freeman

    I just bought the Aurora HDR 2018 Express. Is this a trail offer or just with limitations from the full version. If so, can I get a refund on the express and purchase the full version?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Ken, the Express purchase would have been from Macphun/Skylum so you’ll need to speak to them about the options. ( [email protected] )