Nik Software has just unveiled version two of HDR Efex Pro, the popular HDR compiling application. New with this version is an overhauled UI, more controls, history browsing to allow you review adjustments, and most importantly, an improved tone mapping engine. Hopefully the changes will help minimize that characteristic glow we've come to associate with automatically generated HDR images.
The official list of new features and tweaks is:
- NEW: Improved Tone Mapping Engine — Develop superior results with better color rendering and improved natural styles
- UPDATED: Interface, Interaction, and Workflow — Benefit from improvements to the merging interface, tone mapping and enhancement controls, visual presets, and more
- NEW: Depth Control — Enjoy added depth and realism in images with the new and proprietary Depth control, which helps counteract the flattened look commonly associated with HDR images
- NEW: Full GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization — Gain even faster performance with GPU processing that takes full advantage of the processors found on modern display adapters
- UPDATED: Ghost Reduction — Improved ghost reduction algorithm ensures that artifacts created by moving objects are removed with a single click
- NEW: Chromatic Aberration Reduction — Reduce color fringes around objects
- NEW: Graduated Neutral Density Control — Access the full 32-bit depth of the merged image, providing a natural effect especially on images with a strong horizon line
- NEW: Full White Balance Control — Take full advantage of the white balance in an image with a new Tint slider, which along with the Temperature slider, can be applied both globally as well as selectively using U Point technology
- NEW: History Browser — Easily review adjustments and different HDR looks via the History Browser which records every enhancement used in an editing session
- NEW: Extended Language Support — International users benefit by the addition of Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) to a list of languages that includes English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese
HDR Efex Pro 2 is available to download immediately from Nik Software's website. Full retail price is $99.99, but owners of the original HDR Efex Pro can get it for $49.94 — and if you bought the original after June 9 of this year, the new version is free.