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Ohanaware's logo. Click here to visit the Ohanaware website! PRESS RELEASE: Ohanaware releases HDRtist 1.1 for Mac OS X (Freeware HDR software) with Automatic Image Alignment.

Jhangle, Pingtung, Taiwan (November 11th, 2009) -- Ohanaware, specialists in photo editing software, announced the immediate availability of a FREE update to their new HDR Photography software "HDRtist". HDRtist is a user friendly HDR processor & tone mapper for the Macintosh platform. It's workflow has been designed to be effortless in operation, and to provide visually pleasing results. Version 1.1 not only includes some bug fixes, speed gains but also Automatic Image Alignment.

:: About HDRtist ::
HDRtist is a new Mac HDR photography tool from Ohanaware. HDRtist is easy to use HDR software, that creates HDR photos and tone maps them in a single step. An intuitive design makes it simple to choose from our 4 different tone mapping techniques. Even if you're not into HDR photography, HDRtist is a great tool to have for dramatizing dull photos, livening dark photos and boosting sunsets! We've included some HDR tutorials to help you get started with the amazing world of HDR photography.

HDR Photography is a relatively new type of photography. It involves capturing multiple photos at different exposures, then using software to combine these exposures into a single High Dynamic Range Image. Tone mapping is then required to compress the tones of the image into a range that the computer can display. The reason for this is simple, the High Dynamic Range Image contains far more detail in the highlights and shadows, these can then be used to create an image closer to what the human eye can see, or to create punchy dramatic images.

:: What's New In Version 1.1 ::
The flagship feature of HDRtist 1.1 is the Automatic Image Alignment feature. At a click of the button, HDRtist is able to align images. This feature allows HDR photographers to shoot HDR images without a tripod. HDRtist uses the align_image_stack module from the open source Hugin project. The HDR generation engine has been re-written making it faster and to help it provide richer and punchier results. Other bug fixes include the notorious 'white boxes' bug and the crash that could occur when trying to open unsupported images.

:: Pricing and Availability ::

HDRtist is available today as freeware. The Funtastic Photos promotion is available from today, throughout the month of October 2009. 20% off reduces the price of a single user license even further from $34.99 down to $27.99.

:: System Requirements ::
HDRtist requires a Power Macintosh G5 or Intel based Macintosh computer, running Mac OS X v 10.4 or later. It is recommended to have at least 1 GB of RAM.

Ohanaware's HDRtist software for Mac OS X. Screenshot provided by Ohanaware. Click for a bigger picture!

Ohanaware's HDRtist software for Mac OS X.
Screenshot provided by Ohanaware.

:: About Ohanaware ::
Ohanaware is a family team with a history and passion in software development, in 2007 their games company Ohana Games had a top ten hit with the game Recyclorama. Both Joy Sha and Sam Rowlands enjoy the thrill of amateur photography and sharing their photos with family and friends. Joy Sha has a history in the design industry with experience as a 2D and 3D artist, she also holds a masters in 3D animation. Sam Rowlands has been writing software since 1990. He won his first award in 2004.


product info: http://www.ohanaware.com/hdrtist/

direct download: http://www.ohanaware.com/hdrtist/HDRtist.zip

screenshot: http://www.ohanaware.com/hdrtist/screenshots/yohoBoat800.jpg

icon: http://www.ohanaware.com/hdrtist/HDRtist55.png

(First posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 15:05 EST)

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