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MacPhun Aurora HDR named best MAC App of 2017

Aurora HDR

MacPhun Aurora HDR has been named best Mac OS X application of 2017. And that’s for a good reason.

Aurora HDR is a powerful editing software for your Mac. Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction and powerful luminosity masking controls.

You can purchase both Luminar and Aurora HDR and and get a $10 discount with code WATCH.

The code does not expire.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PatB

    Interesting. I searched online but could not find anything confirming that Apple had selected Aurora HDR as Mac app of the year. Makes me think that this is self-promotion by MacPhun. I’m sorry to say that this doesn’t build confidence in the credibility of Canon Watch.

    • whensly

      Aurora is not a bad app hardly essential and doesn’t do anything you can’t do in LR or PS. Skip Luminar as it’s slow as snails on holiday. All the MacPhun stuff is getting marketed to piece but that doesn’t mean it lives up to the hype. It’ doesn’t.

    • CW Steve

      The whole tech world is reporting it :-)

      Here is Apple’s statement

      Hope that helps to “build confidence in the credibility of Canon Watch”.

      For more results do a search on Twitter or Google.


      • PatB

        Thank you for the link. Yes, your credibility is restored and I offer my apology. I did two searches yesterday on Google and could only find app awards for iPhone and iPad.

        • CW Steve

          No worries. We got it as hint before it was official, so there wasn’t much of coverage when we posted.
          Feedback is always welcome.

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