Aurora HDR Is Coming In September. For Mac & Windows!

Aurora HDR 2018 is Coming. For Mac & Windows! Yes! All the Windows users out there can finally experience this software. You've most likely heard about Aurora HDR. Macphun co-designed the software with Trey Ratcliff, HDR master extraordinaire. 

Aurora HDR is a tool I have in my kit that I'm so glad is there when I need it. I find it a better tone mapper than Lightroom's HDR merge. I used Aurora HDR to blend 6 exposures to create this photo of the Fort Ross Armory. I may not produce a lot of HDR work, but when I do I turn to Aurora HDR for great results. I sound like one of those "Most Interesting Man In The World" commercials... strange... 

Well... Aurora HDR 2018 is coming in September. And you can save money with a pre-order. Current users can pre-order the upgrade for just $49 USD. For new users, like all the Windows users chomping at the bit, the pre-order price is $89 USD. What's coming in the new version? Let's have a look at the press release.

Press Release

San Diego, CA August 15th, 2017 – We are excited and proud to announce our latest iteration of our award winning HDR software, Aurora HDR 2018. Aurora HDR 2018 will be available for both the Mac and PC, which marks a first for Macphun.

Aurora HDR 2018 will be available for pre-order on September 12th, and released on September 28th.

Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging brackets: it brings countless options to create perfect HDR photos - from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction and powerful luminosity masking controls. 

A sneak peek into what’s new in Aurora HDR 2018:

  • Lens Correction Tool - The new Lens Correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel and pincushion to chromatic aberration and vignetting. 
  • New User Interface - Redesigned from scratch, the modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
  • Speed improvements - Up to 4x improvement in RAW image processing, and up to 200% faster merging and masking performance means that Aurora HDR 2018 is dramatically faster than the last version.
  • Cross-platform version - Aurora HDR 2018 will be available both for Mac and PC users with interchangeable files, enabling mixed-computer households to share the same product key.
  • A complete list of new features will be announced concurrent with the pre-order.


Aurora HDR 2018 will be available for pre-­order on September 12, and released on September 28. To sign up for pre-order announcements and more, please visit          


Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC that can be activated on 5 devices.

  • Pre-order:
    • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre­-order price of $49
    • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 at a special pre­order price of $89 
    • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase
  • Retail price:
    • $59 for current Aurora HDR users
    • $99 for new users

So there ya go. If you're a Windows user and have been waiting for this... it's a happy day. And for the rest of us, new features are always welcome, right?