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Tiffen’s not the only plug-in maker jumping on the Aperture 3 bandagon:
Are you an Aperture 3 user that digs this HDR stuff? If so, then you now have a plug-in alternative to Photomatix Pro. Creaceed announced that it updated its Aperture HDR plug-in to a 64-bit version ready to work with Aperture 3, though it is backwards compatible with the 32-bit Aperture 2.
Full press release:
Mons, Belgium – Creaceed is pleased to announce the immediate release and availability of an update to its Aperture HDR Plug-in. After the release of Aperture 3 by Apple on Tuesday, Creaceed responds to customer expectations about 64-bit HDR Imagery by releasing Hydra 2.1.4, the first Aperture HDR Plug-in supporting 64 bits.
The latest version of Hydra’s HDR Plug-In supports both Aperture 2 (32-bit architectures) and Aperture 3 (32-bit and 64-bit architectures).
Hydra goes beyond the physical limitations of camera sensors. From a series of regular photographs of the same scene (some overexposed and some underexposed), Hydra creates an High Dynamic Range (HDR) image which is much closer to what your eyes actually see.
* Up to 10 Input Images
* 2 Image Alignment Techniques
* 3 Tone Mappers
* The Loupe for previewing the HDR Image in 1:1 full quality
* Pro Options for tuning every step of the image processing pipeline
* Fullscreen Mode
* Plug-In for Aperture 2 and 3
* 32-bit and 64-bit Support
* HDR Image Rendering from a single RAW photograph
* Real-Time Preview.
* Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later
* Any Intel Mac or a PowerMac G5 with at least 64MB of VRAM (GPU) required
* Highly recommended: Mac with Intel processor and at least 128 MB VRAM
Pricing and Availability:
A time-unlimited trial version of Hydra is available in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese on Creaceed’s website. The demo version generates watermarked image files. A license key for Hydra 2.x costs $79.95 (USD), and can be used for registering both the stand-alone version and the Aperture Plug-In. The upgrade is free for Hydra 2.x registered users. The upgrade from Hydra 1.x costs $19.95 (USD). Media licenses are available for members of the press upon request.
Creaceed, a Belgian company with a passionate team experienced in signal and image processing, provides intuitive and easy to use creative applications to Mac professionals and consumers: Hydra, for HDR image creation from regular photos; Morph Age, for morphing and warping images and movies; Elasty HD, for adding special effects to QuickTime movies with motion-tracking features; and Prizmo, for scanning documents with a digital camera. Creaceed also provides Vocalia, a speech recognition application in 6 languages, to iPhone users, and a speech recognition SDK to iPhone developers. Copyright 2008-2010 Creaceed. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhoto and Aperture are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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