Unified Color has released HDR Expose 3
, an update of its HDR image creation tool for Mac and Windows. An emphasis of v3 is on additions allowing handheld photography, including ghost removal and keyframe-based merge alignment. Other features have been implemented as well though, namely adaptive tone-mapping -- for targeting specific parts of an image -- and a new Image Browser, which helps quickly identify bracketed exposures.
A variety of components have been improved. The maximum brush size in Dodge & Burn has been increased for example, and UC's 32-bit Beyond RGB color space now applies to all actions. The Batch-Merge option has been streamlined, as has the Tools palette, and a greater range of tone-mapping presets are included.
HDR Expose 3 is $119 new, or free for people who bought Expose 2 on or after April 24. The Mac version requires OS X 10.6 or later; critically, UC says it has improved HDR Expose's compatibility with OS X 10.8 and Windows 8.