Photomatix Essentials is an intuitive standalone photo processing application that
merges bracketed photos to allow a greater dynamic range than conventional digital
photography. It is designed to be easy-to-use but powerful enough to produce
Version 4 introduces a new tone mapping method designed to give realistic looking
results while preserving details in the highlights and shadows of the scene. It
offers presets for one-click access to various styles, as well as manual control of
Other new features include a Finishing Touch to increase contrast or sharpness of
the final image before saving, the ability to undo and redo the HDR result with
other settings, and an option to toggle between the original photo and a preview of
the current settings.
Photomatix Essentials is available for Windows (XP / Vista / 7 / 8) in both 32-bit
and 64-bit versions and for Mac (OS X 10.6 through 10.10). The price of one license
is $39. Photomatix Essentials 4 is a free upgrade for licensed users of any version
of Photomatix Essentials and is free for licensed users of Photomatix Pro.