Macphun Pre-Announces Aurora HDR 2017

Get a Sneak Peek at Aurora HDR 2017

It's coming - and it's coming SOON people!  

I'm really fired up about this.  You know by now that I am a HUGE advocate for Aurora HDR and use it on every photo.  Well Macphun just announced a new version of the software and it's going to be AWESOME!  There are a ton of new features, and they are great!  

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I have been using an "early beta" version of Aurora 2017 for a few days now, and I love it.  It's got a lot of great new stuff in it and I am still working my way through it all and trying to digest it.  This is more than just a dot release - it's a full-on upgrade, and I am sure you will want it when it's available!  

A couple of quick thoughts after a few days with Aurora 2017 (note: this is early beta, so things may change):

  • The interface is updated and cleaner, even though the current version is clean in my opinion.  But it looks more "modern" if that makes sense.  A few things have been moved slightly and more real estate is given to the image, which is great.  However, it will feel instantly familiar to anyone using the current version.
  • The polarizing filter is a GREAT addition and works beautifully.  It's an adjustment slider on the right hand menu panel.
  • The Top & Bottom Adjustment slider has been updated to include further control over how it impacts the image.
  • Aurora now has HUE on the Saturation and Luminance sliders - which is great!
  • The Radial Gradient tool is going to come in really handy.  I love having it there, very convenient.
  • It appears that Luminosity Masking has been updated, reworked and expanded - more on that later as I get deeper into it.  But it appears to offer much finer control than the current version. 
  • The Blending Modes have been expanded as well with more options.

I will be sure to let you know all about it in the coming weeks, once it's fully available and ready to go - and yes, I plan to create a BUNCH of videos, too.

Here are a couple of quick screenshots to whet your appetite!

Here's a screenshot

 Hue view + Polarizer

Hue view + Polarizer

 Top & Bottom Lighting

Top & Bottom Lighting

Radial filter preview

Looks cool, right?  I know you are going to love it.

Here's the official Macphun announcement information:

Aurora 2017 introduces a number of new tools and improvements including batch processing, a reworked tone mapping and bracketed image merging technologies, a polarize filter, plus a bunch of new presets created. The official launch of Aurora 2017 will be on September 29th, and will be available for pre-order starting September 15th.

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New Features and Improvements:

  • New Batch Processing
  • New Tools, including polarize filter and radial masking tool
  • New presets by Trey Ratcliff and other recognized pros
  • Reworked tone-mapping and bracket merging technology for more realistic looking HDR images

In all, Aurora 2017 will come with over 20 key improvements and new features. More details will be released soon, so I encourage you to sign up on the Aurora 2017 page so you do not miss anything.


  • Aurora 2017 will be available for pre-order September 15th and will officially launch September 29th.

Upgrades and Pricing

  • Current users of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order price of $49
  • Current users of the standard version of Aurora HDR can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order upgrade price of $69
  • New customers can pre-order Aurora HDR 2017 for $89
  • Pre-order customers will also receive special bonuses that will be announced soon
Are you as excited as I am?  Good!  Sign up at and get ready!