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HDR Projects 3 (Win&Mac) Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — HDR Projects 3 (Win&Mac)

HDR Projects 3 offers tools to create masterful images for photo enthusiasts.
$149.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 156 (83%) 33 (17%) 84 comments

HDR Projects 3 (Win&Mac) was available as a giveaway on May 23, 2016!

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HDR Projects 3 offers photo enthusiasts the tools to create masterful images. The software generates real 32 bit images, containing all of the brightness information of the real world and not just a part of it, like systematic digital cameras. Aided by innovative algorithms, intelligent presets and high-end filters, you can create images that are beyond inspiring.

Features:

  • NEW! Complete RAW module for best image quality and maximum editing options;
  • NEW! Individual expansion with Add-on system;
  • NEW! Remove sensor spots, level horizons, add vignetting and correct distortions;
  • NEW! Smart Colorspace Adaption (SCA) for the finest detailed color gradation;
  • Informed Optimization Assistant.

If you are a Mac user please download an installation file here (66.9 MB).

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (x32/x64); Dual Core Processor; 2 GB RAM; 2 GB HDD; 1.280x1.024 Screen Resolution; Graphic Card: DirectX-9+-compatible; 128 MB; 32-bit color range; Mac: OS X 10.7 and higher (x32x64); Intel Processor/G5; 2 GB RAM; 2 GB HDD; 1.280x1.024 Screen Resolution; Internet connection

Publisher:

FRANZIS Verlag GmbH

Homepage:

https://www.projects-software.com/hdr/hdr-projects-3-standard

File Size:

69 MB

Price:

$149.00

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#34

Successfully downloaded and installed the software (10 hours before expired); however, I still did not getting the product key via my email.

Reply   |   Comment by Luka  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

I'm so disappointed! I missed the download :( I was helping my mom last night and didn't get it downloaded in time. Will this software be coming up for free download again anytime in the future?

Reply   |   Comment by Christine  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Christine, Judging from previously they went through a bunch of Franzis software before returning to HDR Projects, so it may be a while:
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/category/publisher/franzis-verlag-gmbh/
However the Nik bundle is now free and includes "HDR Efex Pro 2" software:
https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
It installs as a plugin to Photoshop and similar, but can be run stand-alone by just a link on your desktop (or wherever) to:
C:\Program Files\Google\NIK Collection\HDR Efex Pro 2\HDR Efex Pro 2.exe

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#32

I just installed the program with no problems. I had 1 hr. 30 min. remaining to install. I recieved my email in just minutes with all the info and was able to register it with no problems. I sure hope everone finally got to register theirs as well!!! Good luck! I can hardly wait to try it out later this weekend.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Dunn  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ron Dunn, That's not even trying... I registered a copy on my laptop with two minutes to go ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Installed fine on Windows 8.1. Runs well with some nice filters. Always recommend programs like this to my photography classes for those who don't want to get into doing things themselves with Photoshop or Gimp.
Registration was fine. Already had a log-in from previous Giveaway so just logged in when taken to their website and serial number was sent very quickly.
Looking at many other peoples' comments there do seem to be a lot of people who come to GOTD who have very little computer knowledge/skills and seem to struggle with anything but the simplest activation system, so other software companies need to take this into account. Anything but an idiot proof method and we get lots of stupid comments about how it doesn't work, too slow, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by John Marsh  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#30

I just download this. Follow read me -file and all goes well. Thank You!
Couple notes: "registration code" is also "activation code", so you will need that code 2 times. After registration page have been filled, it´s takes about 20 min to get verification link in E-mail (I use gmail).

Reply   |   Comment by CooBer  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#29

Hooray!!! Check your mailbox: new registration keys are coming already!

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

Takes forever to install
Takes too long for email from them

Reply   |   Comment by Jack Kim  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#27

The registration state I would receive a confirmation email but I received a french email instead which I dont understand what it said???

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The reply I got is in German (Franzis is a German company), and Google Translate does an adequate job of translation (for me, at least) for me to know what to do.

Reply   |   Comment by Ronn! Blankenship  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Setup.exe took that long to actually install the program, I ran out of time to actually try and register.

Going back to PSP X8, at least it is already installed on my system, and fully up and running.

Reply   |   Comment by bryan gee  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

bryan gee, It's three hours after your post and the offer is still running (26 mins to go as I write), it's not a European "day".

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

I have HDR Projects 3 Professional. V 3.31.02308
IS this giveaway better than that? I see its version 3.34, so not much different. May not be worthwhile downloading this, for me.

It's a good app. And even if you only have ONE image - say a single .jpg - you can still make a "synthetic" HDR from that. The program adds 2 images with different exposure values (called "Synthetic images") - and you can also add more, if you want to. You can adjust these images. Then you go to the next stage and the program shows you a LOT of variations of the final image. You choose which one you like then save it. Simple really.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Steve, no, it's the standard version, so less good. (For example you should have 81 presets, this has 68.)

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#24

Downloaded and attempted to install. First time the Setup file just kept running without flashing anything on my screen. 15 minutes went by with nothing further happening, so I had to force my machine to shut down. After starting it up again and going to the folder I have it stored in, I tried again, fully expecting the same results. It looked as though I was right to expect that, but after three minutes the Setup file ran. The hoops you must jump through were annoying as well, but I gave it a chance and followed the instructions. It took some time to complete, as Setup contacts the site to get the installer to activate through an email, then yet another email to get the user ID and the Activation code. Then I'm asked to enter the serial number and I have to try both of the numbers I was given. The Activation code is the serial number! Make a note of this is my advice to others going for this application.

I have been playing with the program, and it seems to do what it is meant to do; although I shall need to keep working with it to discover the best way to use it. Still I say this is a keeper!

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#23

Ive been trying all morning and can't get past the extraction. Nothing happens. Looking for some help please.

Reply   |   Comment by karen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

karen, It is possible that the file was corrupted on download - or it may not all have downloaded. I have had this problem a couple of times. Try using a different browser ( no matter which one you are currently using) It may help.

It worked for me. I was using Firefox, but Chrome worked and Ff didn't - go figure.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Steve,
Thank you..took your advice and it worked...sorta. lol. I got about 5 replies..none in English..and after doing a Google translation, got the message. No serial numbers available. What a waste of time.
Thank you again.

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

for product HDR projects 3 Windows - giveawayoftheday
there are currently none available serial numbers available.


Why are we getting this on a FREE download?

The system administrator has been informed.

Once the software vendor has provided us with additional serial numbers, they are loaded to the system and
You will receive, automatically your personal serial number by e-mail to be sent. You do not need to register again to.
Tell us to ask about 2-4 working days to the serial numbers from the manufacturer and einzuspielen in the system.

Reply   |   Comment by Todd F  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Just attempted to download this software. i filled out my obligation for registration support and received an e-mail from fragen@franzis.de. I was told that the publisher ran out of serial numbers and wont have any for another 2-4 days.
Will i still be able to download the program and install????

need some help people!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron F  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

I got the same message but the registration code showed up with about an hour to go before the deadline.

Reply   |   Comment by Ronn! Blankenship  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I just completed my installation 3 hours after GOTD deadline. Setup and activation still works.

Reply   |   Comment by Pia  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

Looks somebody has to go down to the market and get some new serial numbers, hope they get a big bag of them :-)

Get this message by email, which is frustrating - will I still be able to register in 2-4 days, and how can I install the software before the offer runs out, if no serial numbers available :

Please do not reply to this automatically-generated email. For questions, please contact the Support: fragen@franzis.de

Dear Mr
for product HDR projects 3 Windows - giveawayoftheday
there are currently none available serial numbers available.

The system administrator has been informed.

Once the software vendor has provided us with additional serial numbers, they are loaded to the system and
You will receive, automatically your personal serial number by e-mail to be sent. You do not need to register again to.
Tell us to ask about 2-4 working days to the serial numbers from the manufacturer and einzuspielen in the system.

Thank you for your understanding.

Your Franzis Registration Team

Please do not reply to this automatically-generated email. For questions, please contact the Support: fragen@franzis.de

Reply   |   Comment by rjh  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

rjh, I've received the same email, and about 9 hours later, I've received the registration information in my inbox.

Reply   |   Comment by Your Teacher  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Your Teacher,
Yes! I'm happy to report that I received all the necessary registration information early this morning (Tuesday) and it works! Looks like a really nice program. Thank you so much, GAOTD and Franzis!

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

This is my second message to Franzis today, my forth since last week. I don't seem to be able to get a response from Franzis other than in a public forum. My issue is simple. When I submit my email address to Franzis a box opens that tells me that I am already registered and I am asked if I have forgotten my password and I answer yes. I am told it will be sent to me shortly and it never arrives. I did receive one bit of information from Franzis and they sent me a link to their site which handles contact with the company but as I told the person in the letter I received I have already written to Franzis through their site and they have still failed to contact me.

Their must be someone smart enough at Franzia to figure this problem out. I hope there is.

Will someone at Franzis please help me.

Reply   |   Comment by rookie565  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#18

downloaded and installed, but on starting product it still say "trial version".
Entered all numbers during installation and it still says "enter Serial Number",
any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Charles  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#17

Took a long time to open zip file. However, the installation stalled. Windows 7 64 OS. Never have installed a program for both PC/Mac.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#16

Confused....I bought HDR Project 3 elements....is this the same thing or is it different????

Reply   |   Comment by unruly  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

unruly, I believe this is the standard version, as it has 68 presets and not 43 (as per elements), so you probably want it...
https://www.projects-software.com/compare/1/7,6/hdr-projects-3-elements-vs-hdr-projects-3-standard

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

BTW 80 second getting Started tutorial...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0s791WVbM

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#14

HDR Projects 3 Std. is currently sold by Franzis for € 69, its first release dating from Sept. 2014
Download was no problem, however the requested and confirmed email with registration code took quite some time to arrive. Plugin for Photoshop CC 2014 was offered during installation process, but as I'll be finally soon getting rid off my old CC version I did not bother with the plugin.
Will the software ever grow on me? Possibly not so much, at least not with the given presets.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sigrid.DE, The version you get is 3.34, dated March 2015

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sigrid.DE, Its nice to know that im not the only one waiting for hrs to get the registration info the setup exe did the same for me until i finally just let it got for about 5 min then it finally worked but have been waiting for the reg. info for almost an hr now.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff Hill  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Jeff Hill, I'd check (ignore me if you already have) your Junk/Spam folders, as mine came quite quickly (about 7 minutes).

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#13

The download only has Windows version. How do we get a Mac version.

Reply   |   Comment by Pete  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

Pete , Scroll up this page to where it says:
"If you are a Mac user please download an installation file here (66.9 MB)."
Then click on the link...

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#12

Tried twice on d/ls. Extracts 2 files. The main one setup.exe has a sort of ghosted icon. It finally filled in with a usual kind of icon image other than just a white blank on second d/l attempt & extract.
Well both attempts, when click setup, results in a spinning blue cursor. Killed them w/ task mgr.
Then I see the pop up box to request code before install will continue. Geez.
Guess try third time. Had tried prior version 2 from elsewhere. Most of these guys stuff does install in
the end. Oh beware of a ton of emails from them hawking many more of their photo programs. Tried to get off email list & no go using Yahoo email & their German site. Click bottom of email in Yahoo to unsubscribe and they keep coming. Spam click will just fill the spam folder at Yahoo. Just saying nuf already.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#11

Will this be able to work with 3 hand held shots? In my mind, 3 hand held shots taken between changing exposures will be way too different to ever be able to combine into one. If these shots must be taken on a tripod it won't be practical for someone like me who doesn't carry a tripod where ever I go. Or am I not understanding the process?

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Carl, usually cameras have a setting for Exposure bracketing.
So before you shoot you select how many shots and the +- exposure values. Then you can easily take 3 to 5 shots manually because you just press the shutter (depending on camera once or 3 to 5 times) without taking the camera away and changing the exposure values.
So you will have small alignments to do but they are possible with this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Barcud Revnik  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Carl,

"Will this be able to work with 3 hand held shots?"

From the app's web page: "To make sure that it works, I shoot a bracketing series of at least three shots. HDR projects does the rest for me."

" If these shots must be taken on a tripod it won't be practical for someone like me who doesn't carry a tripod where ever I go. Or am I not understanding the process?"

By taking 2 or more shots, e.g. one darker & one lighter, you can get more data than with a single shot in the middle range. HDR Projects 3 combines that data for you so you get a single image. For that to work well the content of the 2 [or more] shots needs to match -- the more closely they match the better.

Now with that in mind, there are loads of variables that come into play when you take one, let alone 3 bracketed shots. Does your camera let you shoot bracketed shots automatically -- if not, you probably need some way to keep it's position fixed while you change settings & take another shot. Do conditions allow you to use a faster shutter speed -- if not, you could have blurring from camera motion with just one shot, or a bit softer image from motion compensation, & 2 or more shots would tend not to match exactly, even with the camera's position fixed if your subject is moving.

So to the question, do you need to use a tripod? Maybe. It depends on how steady you can hold the camera, if you move it pressing the shutter button, what the conditions are, what you're shooting etc. And remember, there are all sorts of alternatives to a traditional tripod to hold a camera steady.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Barcud Revnik, OMG! I had no idea that my camera could do this! OK, I've taken 3 shots but it looks like I will have to study your tutorials to figure out how to use this software. Thanks for you input.

Carl

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Carl,
You can also use just ONE image with this app. It will create 2 (or more - if you choose to add some) "synthetically" bracketed images. These come out okay too. So it's not absolutely necessary to have 3+ bracketed images - as long as you didn't blow out the light or dark areas too much: and have enough detail in the original...

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

As a digital artist I often use HDR images in my work to provide realistic environments with real world type lighting. In some (if not all) 3D applications, such as Bryce 7.1 Pro and DAZ Studio, HDRs are used in this way. If you have reflective surfaces, such as eyes that you wish to look alive, this is one way to do that, as the HDR can provide the environment that is reflected by the cornea and sclera of the eye.

All of that said, I am not sure whether this can be used to create photographic HDR images that can be used in this way, but I shall certainly download this one and give it a try.

Thanks in advance GOTD and Franzis.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#9

During installation it said that it could not find Photoshop on comp and that plugin can be installed later. But could not find plugin folder and on the web there is only plugins for version 4.

Where can I find Photoshop CC plugin for HDR project 3?

Reply   |   Comment by Trebor  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Trebor, It only installs as an "Export" plugin (a .8be file), not a Filter, so you're not missing much...

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Trebor, It will install as a plug-in IF you have these programs installed. If you don't, it doesn't matter. It is a "stand alone" program.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

* I can't just drag three images into the program? Annoying. People don't view their images in windows explorer, they view them in Adobe Lightroom, Picasa, etc. You should be able to drag and drop images from these programs into yours.
* The "Exposure Bracketing Browser" groups most photos incorrectly and is slow, so I find this useless.
* Some of the spelling is for English is incorrect (optimisation vs optimization)
* The HDR Algorithms text could be replaced with thumbnails.
* The HDR Algorithms should include more presets with more dramatic options, none of the images "pop" with processing. The HDR image just looks like the brightness and contrast was slightly adjusted rather than properly done. I would not buy this software or recommend it and I process tens of thousands of HDR images a year. If I bought this I would want my money back.
* Go play with Photomatix and you'll see a lot of good features and presets you lack.

Reply   |   Comment by Darrell  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Download link arrived almost instantly, as did the activation code. So aside from an extra hoop to jump in order to get them, downloaded and installed fine on my Win7 laptop. It appears to be a tool to adjust exposure, which is my most common problem to want to fix - but I'm not sure of any other editing features it may have. I will have to play with it more, but it seems to be a one trick pony that does its one trick very well.

Reply   |   Comment by sheamurai  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Oh, if anyone doesn't know what HDR is, it stands for "High Dynamic Range" and is usually used to combine differently exposed photographs of a scene to end up with an image capturing a greater range of brightness than the camera can. The classic example is being in a dark room looking out on a brightly lit scene. The camera can show the detail in the room, with the Window solid white, or the detail outside the window but everything in the room is black. But taking a set of (typically three) exposure-bracketed images of the scene you can then combine them in some HDR software and have room and outside both visible in the picture.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#6

Update to my previous post:

To add raw support for more recent cameras download this:
http://transfer.franzis.de/projects/...ects_Win64.zip
and replace C:\Program Files\Franzis\HDR projects 3\FreeImage.dll with it.
If you’re on a Mac I don’t know the link I’m afraid, but I guess that (i) it uses the same library and (ii) an updated version is out there somewhere.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry, should have said, if you're not running the 64-bit version, i.e. your computer doesn't have a directory "C:\Program Files (x86)" then the file you want for upgraded raw support is: http://transfer.franzis.de/projects/RawImageDll_projects_Win32.zip

Plus of course you extract the dll from the zip file, you don't use the zip as it is.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

JohnL,

That link seems to be dead. It is taking me to a File Not Found page.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim D.  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Jim D., You're right, it seems to have got shortened somewhere along the way, my apologies.
For the 64-bit version you want:
http://transfer.franzis.de/projects/RawImageDllprojects_Win64.zip
The 32-bit link above is correct. I checked the original I cut and pasted from and that's correct, so no idea how that happened.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

Am i right in thinking, this is only for raw images, and not photos taken with a cheap camera or mobile phone camera in jpeg format etc ? thx

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Chris, You can use it for raw images, but you could also use it for cellphone cameras. What it really wants is a set of bracketed images, i.e. shot at different brightness (strictly exposure) levels. If you hold a cell-phone steady on a wall (or something) and take three images, the first with the brightness (for the photograph, that is) set really low, the second with it at a normal level and the third one with it set really high then you could work with those images. You can do in-camera HDR on many phones, if that has an option to store the original images it shot then you'd be good-to-go.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Chris, I was able to open jpeg file.

Reply   |   Comment by sheamurai  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

JohnL, Thankyou very much for your reply and info, cheers

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

sheamurai, Ok, cheers

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Chris,

"Am i right in thinking, this is only for raw images"

IMHO HDR may be more necessary when the image isn't captured RAW. When you take a picture the data from the camera's sensor can be saved, more or less as-is, which would be RAW, or it can be processed into an image, losing some of the original data. So with a RAW image the data you want/need may be there in a single shot, but be missing from the image once turned into say a jpg.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

mike, Thx for info, cheers

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

Here:

https://www.projects-software.com/hdr/comparison

you can compare this giveaway with any older or newer version you have already or consider buying.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#3

Thank you so much for giving away another Franzis tool, they are probably my favourites from the give-aways. Also after you gave away Silver Projects I purchased BW Projects from them, so they are hopefully working for Franzis too.

The Projects software is a set of (basically) stand-alone photographic processing tools, they do install as Photoshop plugins, but under File->Export, not as Filters, which IMHO doesn’t really count.

With the HDR software in today's give-away you have an additional step beyond just opening a photograph, you have to select the images to combine and choose some options. I was very pleased to see it has support for Raw file import, although as a 2015 program I don't know how it will do with the very latest cameras.

Once you’ve imported the images (i.e. clicked on post-processing) it works in basically the same way as the other Franzis Projects software. Here’s what I wrote as a quick-start guide before and it’s generally applicable to the HDR software (which I’ve only just started playing with).

The thing to get your brain around with the Projects software is they are a huge pile of image processing tools, which are gathered together into presets in the left pane. All those options do is select a bunch of processing tools and choose options for them, so they are infinitely tweakable.

After you've loaded the image(s) you want to work with you can then play with the canned effects on the left side, play with assorted things on the right side panel (which should start on the “Finalise” tab). Changing to "Expert" in the right panel you can add filters from the list at the top, select them in the middle of the panel and tweak their effects at the bottom (may need scrolling down). The boxes at the top of the left panel filter the effects that are listed in the panel, so ignore them initially. On a faster computer you can use the Eye icon on the toolbar to disable the preview mode and show the final image in the main window, which IMHO is worth doing.

When saving the final image note that the first dialog, where it asks for the title, is going to write that over the image, it isn't the file name. The main disadvantage is the lack of Undo operations.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

JohnL,

definitely nice efforts on your part to provide a helpfile on this Franzis software.

The German fotocommunity.de also has a very industrious sales engineer/photographic adviser who is overflowing with HDR delight (mentioned in the credits).

Anyhow, YT has a real bunch of Franzis tutorials, also in English
(https://www.youtube.com/user/al2copy)

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#2

To FRANZiS People,

Question: Do you have any discounted deal(s) to BUY ... HDR Version 4

Thanks for Version 3, if I do not see a reply from you

Reply   |   Comment by Peter C1  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Peter C1,
start the software, far left klick on "News" and you are invited to upgrade to #4 for € 75.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Peter C1, The best price I see currently is 64% off here:
https://www.projects-software.com/hdr-projects-4-special-offer
Although is was 80% off about a week ago.
Both of those are for the standard version, I haven't seen a good deal on the Professional one.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

I have version 2 of this software and have been impressed with the results. It does a lot of the work for you by offering many presets to choose from, as well as more granular settings for fine tuning. If you want your photos to pop and stand out from "ordinary" photos this software is recommended!

Reply   |   Comment by shegeek72  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
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