HDR Shop 3.1 Features
**Please note that HDR Shop is not yet available for Mac and Linux.**
- HDRShop installer
v3.1 is now distributed as an installer file, which requires installation on target computer.
- Improved smart tiling
v3.1 implements a new Smart tiling algorithm, which features optimized re-sizing and image
- Improved image assembling algorithm
v3.1 implements a new assembling algorithm that repairs issues from 3.0.
- New functions to Java script
v3.1 adds more Image functions for Java script.
void HalfSize(int options) - options:0. fast but less accurate; 1. slow but more accurate
- Auto-update system
Can now automatically look up available online update release at startup and proceed update
with one click.
- Unsharp masking feature
Implements Unsharp masking algorithm.
- Copy as matrix Feature
Implements 'Copy as Matrix' feature so that users can choose to copy a section of an image
and save it in matlab matrix format.
- Derive sun intensity feature
You can now extract sun intensity from 2 HDR images: an image of diffuse ball and an image of
- 'Rectify to' feature
Now provides a way to rectify any quadrilateral in one image to a quadrilateral in another.
- New GUI (developed using Qt framework)
GUI was rewritten with Qt framework for multi-platform purposes.
- New HDRShop virtual memory Management and memory tiling
New virtually memory management and memory tiling, which allows users to load more images than v3.0.
- Cosmetic adjustments(icons, splash screens, etc.)
New icons for easier navigation through the menu and splash screens for startup information.
- New GUI features:
- Color-coded pixel channel display:
The display of pixel channel information can be altered to display values with 3,5 or 8
decimal places or in scientific notation by clicking on a colored pane, or pressing 'Shift+3/5/8'
or 'Ctrl+Shift+3/5/8' for scientific notation, or from the menu by 'View
- Memory report pane showing memory being used by HDR Shop against available RAM.
- Expanded right-click context menu with full cascading menu access.
- Multiple image select/reorder images tool:
See below (3) or 14.13 for more information.
- Quick help window displaying all keyboard and mouse controls in HDR Shop.
- Support for Windows Vista/64-bit
We have tested the latest release of HDR Shop on the Windows Vista platform without any problems.
The software also runs without any problems on Windows XP 64-bit, although we have not as yet
created a 64-bit optimized version of HDR Shop.
- New built-in and external help documentation
Includes this document in PDF or HTML formats, and a new Quick Help window which lists all keyboard
and mouse controls in HDR Shop. Accessed via the 'Help' menu or 'Ctrl+H'
- Improved HDR assembly
HDR Shop 2.0 had two mechanisms for creating HDR images from image sequences - one for LDR images
and one for Canon RAW images. These interfaces have been combined into one new interface, which now
allows you to create HDR images from any LDR, HDR or RAW format using either image pixel values or
EXIF file metadata to guide the assembly. Furthermore, the assembly algorithm has been improved by
the addition of a new dynamic weighting scheme that takes any non-constant change in exposure within
the image sequence into account. See
tutorial for more practical guidelines.
- Improved support for RAW images
Support for RAW images has been improved from HDR Shop 2.0 which only supported a handful of Canon
cameras in the old CRW format. The RAW importer in HDR Shop v3.0 is completely new and supports
all major manufacturers RAW formats including:
- Canon (*.crw, *.cr2, *.tif)
- Nikon (*.nef)
- Kodak (*.dcr, *.kdc, *.dc2, *.k25)
- Fuji (*.raf)
- Olympus (*.orf)
- Minolta/Konica (*.mrw, *.arw, *.mdc)
- Pentax (*.pef)
- Sony (*.srf)
- Adobe Digital Negative (*.dng)
- Casio (*.qvs, *.bay)
- Panasonic/Leica/Casio (*.raw)
- Sigma (*.x3f)
- Epson (*.erf)
- Imacon/Hasselblad (*.fff)
- CREO (*.mos)
- Fotoman (*.pxn)
- Ricoh (*.rdc)
This list is by no means exhaustive, and the RAW importer can read images from somewhere on the order of
300 different cameras.
The new RAW importer:
The RAW importer uses dcraw by Dave Coffin.
See this tutorial for information on importing RAW images.
HDR Shop 1.0 & 2.0 Features
(Jump ahead to HDR Shop 3.0 Features)
- Multi-threaded queuable architecture
- What's New!
HDR Shop 2.0 implemented multi-threaded operations. Multi-threading significantly speeds up work-flow.
Multiple image operations run simultaneously. Sequential operations are queued to avoid resource conflicts.
The program should never 'lock up' when busy. Most operations have progress bars to indicate the current
- What's New!
internal HDR Shop engine to your own custom operations and plug-ins. Basic HDR Shop functionality such
advanced scripting plug-ins can be developed by incorporating ActiveX controls, custom windows, and
- Batch Custom HDR Image Processing
- What's New!
HDR Shop 2.0 scripting also automated repetitive or complex image operations. Simple scripts can be
used to apply the same operation to multiple images, assemble multiple HDR image sequences, and
automatically load and save the processed images.
- Custom File Format Plugins
- What's New!
HDR Shop 2.0 could easily be expanded to support new file formats using dynamically loaded file libraries.
Included with the distribution were two examples of file plug-ins, for Industrial Light & Magic's
OpenEXR file format, and the Canon RAW file format.
- Support for OpenEXR images
HDR Shop can now load and save the OpenEXR HDR file format developed by Industrial Light & Magic via a
plug-in included with version 2.0. The OpenEXR format is documented at
- Load RAW images
- What's New!
HDR Shop 2.0 can load and process digital camera RAW files. Directly using digital camera RAW files can
proved highest quality images for HDR image processing. RAW files are both uncompressed and often have
greater dynamic range than JPEG files. The HDR Shop 2.0 plug-in for RAW images imports the full 12bit
dynamic range of Canon RAW image, while providing control over interpolation and processing. The plug-in
has been tested with the Canon D30, D60, 10D and 1DS. Support for other RAW file formats is also included,
though they have not been fully tested.
- HDR Assembly direct from Canon RAW images
- What's New!
HDR Shop 2.0 can load an HDR sequence of RAW images directly as an HDR image. The plug-in takes advantage
of the file metadata to compensate for changes in shutter speed and aperture.
- HDR Copy and Paste
HDR Shop 2.0 can copy and paste high dynamic range image regions.
- Parameter Copy and Paste
HDR Shop 2.0 can copy and paste numerical values from pixel operations. This eliminates having to copy measurements by hand.
- Spherical Harmonics
HDR Shop 2.0 can generate spherical harmonic test patterns in any panoramic format.
- Panoramic Direction Table
HDR Shop 2.0 can generate a directional lookup table for any panoramic mapping.
- Registry Preferences
HDR Shop 2.0 has user-modifiable settings for specifying the external LDR image editor and file format.
- New math operations
HDR Shop 2.0 offers additional mathematical operators for analyzing and modifying images including
constant addition, division, exponentiation, logarithmic math, color matrices, and normalization.
- New image filters
HDR Shop 2.0 offers additional image filters including:
- Star (lens-flare) Blur
- Motion Blur
- Ward Specular Convolution (approximation)
- Vertical Cosine Falloff (useful for weighting lat-long panoramas)
- Fast Diffuse Convolution (SH-based)