Hydra 4.2 — October 4th 2018
- Optimized for macOS 10.14 Mojave.
- Improved support for dark theme & accent color. Accent color now effective throughout the app, in particular ghost selection & various buttons.
- Metal 2 optimisations.
- Other enhancements
- Fixed 8-bit rendering on integrated Intel GPUs that could output corrupt image (Mojave only).
- Fixed 32-bit rendering on discrete GPUs that could output black image when tone mapping was not applied.
Hydra 4.1.2 — July 2nd 2018
- Enhancements & Bug Fixes
- Added support for HEIF file format when exporting pictures (macOS High Sierra or more recent required). HEIF is a modern alternative to JPEG (smaller files for similar quality).
- Workaround for a "stripe artifacts" problem that could occur for RAW images when the legacy rendering pipeline (OpenGL) is enabled.
- Updated crash reporting.
Hydra 4.1.1 — September 29th 2017
- Optimized for macOS High Sierra.
- Fixed some glitches in the user interface (macOS High Sierra only).
- Fixed a bug that could prevent the addition of alignment points.
Hydra 4.1 — June 29th 2017
- NEW COLOR GRADING With version 4.1, we've taken feedback into account and developed a new color grading technique for Hydra. The new color grading technique provides more vivid colors by default.
- New color grading technique
- New 'Vibrancy' color control available in the tone mapper
- Improved local contrast that will now reveal more details in the image
- Fixed a crash occurring on Macs with older discrete GPUs
- Finer-grained GPU memory allocation limits to accommodate with a wider range of Macs
Hydra 4.0.4 — September 29th 2016
- Faster image loading for Mac computers supporting Metal in macOS Sierra.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when updating the color of the hue setting in the tone mapping.
- Fixed project thumbnail selection on macOS Sierra.
- Fixed other layout issues on macOS Sierra.
Hydra 4.0.3 — August 25th 2016
- Improved compatibility and stability with upcoming OS X release.
Hydra 4.0.2 — August 23th 2016
- Improved compatibility and stability with upcoming OS X release.
Hydra 4.0.1 — August 16th 2016
- Minor bug fixes.
Hydra 4.0 — August 11th 2016
- Optimized for Metal.
- Elegant and easy-to-use translucent user interface.
- Automatic or manual image alignment with high-precision live positioning and fine-tuning.
- Manual removal of ghosting artefacts using region delineation tool and per-region output contribution.
- High-precision 128-bit internal format.
- Much improved tone mapping including presets, and live, full-resolution preview.
- Advanced comparison tool of result against original pictures.
- Single or multiple input photos of various formats (JPEG, RAW, HDR, EXR).
- Blazingly fast rendering to various output file types (JPG, TIFF, HDR, EXR) and color spaces (sRGB, Pro Photo, AdobeRGB…).
- Accurate color processing, including support for Deep & Wide Color displays (30-bit, DCI-P3 display of latest iMac 27’).
- Integration with Apple Photos app (input / output).
Hydra 3.3.4 (Website Version only) — February 12th 2016
- Fixed security vulnerability with auto-updating scheme (Sparkle).
Hydra 3.3.3 (Website Version only) — January 7th 2016
- Fixed Activation problem affecting OS X El Capitan users.
Hydra 3.3.2 — October 29th 2015
- Compatibility update for El Capitan.
- Fixes a possible crash / hanging issue when loading images.
Hydra 3.3.1 — November 7th 2014
- Fixed a problem (incorrect image size) when previewing images on Macs with Retina displays.
Hydra 3.3 — September 1st 2014
- Compatibility with OS X Yosemite.
Hydra 3.2 — November 4th 2013
- Mavericks compatibility
- Fixed incorrect preset rendering
- Fixed UI glitches
- Faster real-time previewing of tone-mapped image thanks to improved Mavericks Core Image/OpenCL pipeline
- Integration of Mavericks native image browser, which gives access to iPhoto, Aperture, and iCloud photo libraries
- Other Corrections
- Cropped images are now correctly rendered when app is in trial mode (no more white frame)
- Fixed previewing artifacts
Hydra 3.1.1 — November 22nd 2012
- Added support for exporting image as Radiance (.hdr) file
- Fixed a possible hang problem when operating Hydra as Aperture or Lightroom plug-in
- Fixed a tone-mapper problem: Tone-mapping can now be disabled in new documents.
Hydra 3.1 — October 24th 2012
- Minimum system requirements: OS X 10.7.3 Lion or later
- Support for Retina displays
- Better integration of Mountain Lion sharing services: Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr are now supporting native OS X sharing services.
- Improved previewing: previewing of HDR image now remains at full resolution (no low resolution toggle) when editing settings in Develop mode. Previewing is also much faster than previous version.
- Faster processing of HDR image: transition from Prepare to Develop mode is now up to 4x faster, thanks to improved Grand Central Dispatch-based multicore method.
- Better version checks when operating as an Aperture / Lightroom plug-in: Hydra will now report if the plug-in is too old, or if Hydra itself must be updated.
- Refined design for empty document window and tool interface.
- Document reopening improvement: a previously developed HDR document now reopens in Develop mode. Feedback is provided during the reopen process.
Hydra 3.0.3 — August 29th 2012
- Sandboxing: Hydra is now fully sandboxed for better user security
- Plug-in version check: when Hydra is operated as a plug-in (from Aperture or Lightroom), it checks that the plug-in version is compatible with the app
- Fixed insertion of alignment points: inserting alignment points now keeps the window in focus
- Fixed ghost zone drawing problem: ghost interface now always appears when editing ghosts
- Fixed image processing probe deletion: removal of probes now works as expected
- Fixed incorrect window texture: document window no longer appears flat
Hydra 3.0.2 — January 3rd 2012
- UI localized in Italian
- Fixed a crash when importing images on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Hydra 3.0.1 — October 31st 2011
- Auto-alignment is no more proposed for single image documents
- Batch jobs can now be removed with backspace (delete) key (Pro version)
- Fixed Import action behavior (File menu)
- Fixed a crash for image import on Lion
- Fixed a problem that would prevent correct display ghost checkboxes, sometimes related to fullscreen mode
- Fixed a problem affecting probe removal (Pro version)
Hydra 3.0 — October 6th 2011
- Completely new user interface
- Additional features available in the Express version (image processing features, plug-ins...)
- Localized in English, French and German
- Better interactive visualization:
- Full resolution image, fast display
- Interactive adjustments
- Overview/manipulation of displayed image area within the whole image
- Mouse scrolling and zoom in/out
- Optional flashing low/highlights alerts
- Better fullscreen support
- Improved display of photo information
- Image processing:
- 2 modes of operation: Photo Preparation, and Photo Development
- Better camera response function estimates
- Automatic or zone-based ghost removal (due to moving objects in different exposures)
- Image alignment:
- Much improved automatic alignment, even for farther apart exposures
- Interactive point placement, with increased contrast display for easier manual matching
- Subpixel point matching with subpixel user input
- Reset button for individual alignment points
- Better support for low contrast/less textured images
- Tone mapping:
- Entirely rewritten tone mapper
- Full 32-bit floating point pipeline (per color component)
- 32-bit EV histogram and 8-bit tone-mapped histogram
- Realtime adjustments on full resolution image
- Reset of any slider by double-clicking it
- Better central exposure determination
- Better quality & user control
- New controls - adjustable per scope: Overall exposure adjustment, shadows & highlights enhancement, details enhancement, hue, saturation, brightness, contrast
- 12 presets available
- User presets can be stored per document (snapshots)
- Scope-based adjustments to target only bright or dark areas, red, green, or blue tones
- Probe-based adjustments (Pro version only)
- Probes are used to select areas based on distance/color/brightness tolerance (Pro version only)
- Interactive probe placement (Pro version only)
- White frame
- Workflow - Batch processing (Pro version only):
- Drop files and folders, Hydra groups them as exposure sets
- Photo sets can be modified by user (add/remove photo, split set)
- Photo sets can be given different processing options (tone mapping preset, automatic alignment, ghost removal...)
- Can create final images and/or Hydra documents for later manual editing
- Display of batch processing progress
- Improved export to iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom
- Export to Flickr
- Export to Twitter
- Export to Facebook
- Export to Mail
- Better EXIF information handling
- Copyright information added to EXIF data
- Optimized for Lion:
- Fullscreen Mode
- Autosaving and Versioning
- Automatic Termination and Restart
- Improved Aperture plug-in
- Improved Lightroom plug-in
Hydra 2.3 — January 14th 2011
- Product Line Split
- Hydra Express available on the Mac App Store
- Hydra Pro available on Creaceed's website
Hydra 2.2.1 — November 26th 2010
- Lightroom 3 compatibility (plug-in installation)
Hydra 2.2 — February 23rd 2010
- HDR Plug-In for Lightroom 2
- Improved User Guide
Hydra 2.1.5 — February 13th 2010
- Better default value for Perceptive tone-mapper
- Improved automatic alignment
- Fixed Mach-bands issue in Aperture plug-in preview rendering
- Fixed Alignment panel refresh problem
Hydra 2.1.4 — February 11th 2010
- Aperture Plug-In: Support for Aperture 3 (64-bit architectures)
Hydra 2.1.3 — August 31st 2009
- Fixed Automatic Alignment Crash in Snow Leopard
- Fixed Fullscreen Mode in Snow Leopard
Hydra 2.1.2 — August 28th 2009
- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility
- Support for 64-bit architectures
- Improved performance under Snow Leopard (final rendering up to 2.5 times faster)
- Use of sliders with real-time feedback
Hydra 2.1.1 — June 10th 2009
- Reference points can now be deleted with the Delete key
- Navigation through reference points with Tab key
- Loupe availability now coherent
- Fixed disappearing document window when importing image with no EXIF tag
- Japanese localization (stand-alone application, Aperture plug-in and user guide)
- Italian localization (stand-alone application and user guide)
Hydra 2.1 — March 11th 2009
- New feature: Source image thumbs can now be clicked for smooth overlay. This makes it easier to compare the tone mapping output with any source image, or to compare source images together.
- New feature: Accurate dual histogram display (LDR/HDR). The HDR histogram represents the merged, 32-bit image before tone mapping in a logarithmic scale (EV). The LDR histogram represents the currently displayed preview, it is a regular 8-bit histogram with a 0-255 scale. Histograms are computed in a separate thread to keep overall interactivity.
- Improved: Faster rendering pipeline when previewing (up to 5x), especially true for RAW input images.
- Improved: Incremental rendering as tiles is implemented.
- Improved: Changing GPU setting in the preferences does not require Hydra relaunch anymore.
- Improved: Faster window resizing.
- Improved: Cancel rendering is now immediate when not using GPU acceleration.
- Improved: The sharpen filter is now scale invariant, meaning that the preview rendering accurately demonstrates the effect as it appears in the full resolution output.
- Improved: Automatic update is now signed for improved security.
- Improved: Import progress sheet for images is displayed.
- Aperture Plug-In: Fixed cancel import problem.
- Aperture Plug-In: Fixed hang when exporting back to Aperture.
- Aperture Plug-In: Smart Aperture projects do not cause a hang anymore, option to save to the Pictures folder when project is read only.
- Aperture Plug-In: 16-bit TIFF rendering is now supported, 32-bit removed (use stand alone Hydra if OpenEXR format is needed).
- Aperture Plug-In: Shift key can be used to import modified versions of images into Hydra. This way, any modification in color temperature, contrast, etc. is made available to Hydra Plug-in. This remains an optional behavior as it has an impact on rendered image, and it can make the initial import process longer.
- Aperture Plug-In: Auto updating of the Plug-in when a new version is posted.
- Fixed bug: Importing images of different pixel sizes does not cause a crash anymore.
- Fixed bug: Removing/adding images now resets reference points.
- Fixed bug: About panel now scrolls properly.
Hydra 2.0.1 — January 26th 2009
- RAW: Full dynamics support, with additional control (boost, shadow, tint, sharpening)
- RAW: Single RAW image tone mapping improved
- Decreased default requirements (preview size, GPU acc.)
- Loupe will not pop up anymore, only on user request
- Fixed activation process error
- Dropping image on app icon in the dock now imports images
- Fixed Loupe for portrait images
- German Localization (user interface)
Hydra 2.0 — January 6th 2009
- General: Improved image processing pipeline - faster, higher quality
- General: Now provides default values for missing exif tags
- General: Additional keyboard shortcuts for common operations
- General: Additional display of image information (EXIF tags)
- General: New document examples
- General: New welcome screen
- Stand-alone: Output display in Preview, export to Aperture or iPhoto
- Aperture Plug-In: New interface, more inline with the stand-alone version
- Alignment: New homography based method, in addition to the unconstraint one
- Alignment: Notification of disabled homography due to too few points
- Alignment: Can be disabled without requiring to remove all the points
- Alignment: Special image border handling (mirror)
- Alignment: Display of point deviation to easily identify erroneous reference points
- Loupe: New real-time 1:1 full quality preview
- Loupe: Adaptive exposure compensation when previewing HDR
- Loupe: Display of transparent image frame when navigating through
- Loupe: Synchronized with alignment window when control-dragging points
- Loupe: Degraded rendering when manipulating to preserve responsiveness
- Tone Mapping: New Perceptive tone mapper, for more natural images
- Output: Choice of file name and directory
- Pro: New Settings Stack to quickly try different effects and revert to the preferred one
- Pro: Point coordinates display
- Pro: Exposure Value Calculator
- Pro: Additional image processing options
- Pro: Input filters, contrast, sharpness, color temperature
- Pro: Output filters, saturation, sharpness, brightness / contrast
- Pro: Apply to all, reset
- Pro: Export of individual aligned images, before merging process
- Pro: Enabling or disabling of GPU processing to better tune on each machine
Hydra 1.6.2 — December 29th 2008
- Aperture plug-in: fixed Aperture import hang-up
- Stand-alone: added support for Pentax .PEF raw images
- Fixed bad color profile for JPEGs (Hydra output)
Hydra 1.6.1 — August 2008
- Aperture plug-in: added image size check
- Aperture plug-in: check IPTC tags and EXIF
- Aperture plug-in: fix missing lens model
- Aperture plug-in: fix missing progress bar animation in import
- Aperture plug-in: fix import sheet freeze
- Stand-alone: fix re-opening preferences window crash
- Stand-alone: new option to choose 8/32-bit depth for TIFFs
- Always display computed EV offset in import panel
- Fix missing ISO information
- Make more robust handling of ISO / exposure time / FNumber (Zero, fractional numbers, missing info)
- Keep camera model unchanged (add Hydra as another tag)
- Choose better tone mapping default values
- Moved to Karelia's media browser v1.1.1
- Accelerated final rendering processing speed
- German localization (stand-alone application, Aperture plug-in and user guide)
Hydra 1.6 — July 2008
- Aperture plug-in: Installable package
- Aperture plug-in: better viewing window (resizable)
- Aperture plug-in: shift-click Save, saves one image but stays in the plugin
- Aperture plug-in: stacks output image to inputs as an option
- Aperture plug-in: add a render sheet with cancel button
- Aperture plug-in: output file format options (before Aperture import)
- Aperture plug-in: remove temporary image from disk
- Aperture plug-in: add license support
- Review localization (plugin and s/a app)
- Updated User Guide
- Updated French localization
- Fix colorspace in output
- Fixed bug in Canon Eos 10D images (check)
- Fixed bug in DNG image processing, leading to no output
- Fixed bug in match checkbox (manual alignement panel)
Hydra 1.5.3 — June 2008
- Italian localization
- Fix final rendering coordinates system
- Aperture plug-in: rotated 90° images support
- Aperture plug-in: coordinate system based on correctly oriented image
- Aperture plug-in: fix Match View drawRect:
- Aperture plug-in: bring back alignment panel
- Aperture plug-in: automatch
- Aperture plug-in: manual match
- Aperture plug-in: move / create point tools
- Aperture plug-in: density setting in settings sheet.
- Aperture plug-in: add tag to identify HDR outputs
- Aperture plug-in: PPC support (>= G5)
- Aperture plug-in: 3D perspective view as an option
- Aperture plug-in: support for setting preferences
- Aperture plug-in: quality of preview
Hydra 1.5.2 — May 2008
- Fixed Intel GMA chipset bug + PPC for Aperture Plug-In
- Single image processing added (tone mapping RAW)
Hydra 1.5.1 — May 2008
- Fixed Intel GMA chipset bug + PPC
Hydra 1.5 — May 2008
- Better UI concepts
- Better fullscreen handling (HUD for window controls)
- HUD for zoom and image navigation
- Import from Aperture
- Export to Aperture
- OpenEXR output
- RAW import
- Improved warping quality
- EV histogram representation
- True Tone-mapping implementation
- Tone Mapping: Local Adaptation
- Tone Mapping: Highlight Compression
- Support for presets
- Increased speed final rendering
- More than 4 images
- New reference point image
- Examples added
- Aperture Plug-in Beta
- French localization update
- Documentation update
Hydra 1.0.4 — March 2008
- French Localization
Hydra 1.0.3 — February 2008
- More accurate and faster automatic image alignment
- Added an option for controlling the density of ref points
- Alignment made by default when importing images (can be disabled in Hydra Preferences)
- Updated User Guide
Hydra 1.0.2 — February 2008
- Added TIFF Output
Hydra 1.0.1 — January 2008
- Fixed crash when quitting Hydra
- Fixed bad labels in Welcome window
Hydra 1.0 — January 2008
- First Release
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