Find the complete list of the updated features, as well as the instructions on how to update.

Today brings our 3rd free update to Aurora HDR 2018. All along the way, we’re fixing reported issues and adding new features (especially to the Windows version). Aurora HDR continues to garner great feedback and we’re looking forward to continuing our pace of free update releases through January, 2018 - about 1 per month.

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At the moment, the Windows version is playing catch-up to its Mac cousin, but will be in sync within the next month or two. This post will be a running “logbook” of those updates. Besides this release, there are 2 more updates planned by the end of January, at which time we expect that the Mac and Windows versions will be virtually identical - stay tuned!

Thanks for being part of the Skylum/Skylum family - we’re glad you’re here!

How to Update

The update is completely free to all Aurora HDR 2018 users, just launch the application to get it.

• Mac – Please, launch Aurora HDR 2018, then go to the Top Menu Bar and choose Aurora HDR 2018 > Check for updates.

• Windows  – Please, launch Aurora HDR 2018, then go to the Top Menu Bar and choose Help > Check for updates.

DECEMBER 20, 2017

This free update brings the following new and improved features to improve your Aurora HDR editing experience:


  • RAW image improvements. Aurora HDR does a better job of detecting noise in a raw file and automatically fixing it when you open a photo.  DNG file support is also improved for easier editing.

  • Save Native files. Be sure to save your editing projects in the native Aurora HDR format.  This makes it easy to come back and make edits. Plus files can be shared between Mac and Windows users.

  • More export control. You can choose to export to the Adobe RGB wide color profile or the ProPhoto RGB color space on export. You can also sharpen an exported file which is great for printing. Plus even more file formats are supported including JPEG 2000, PSD, PDF.  Creating TIFF files? You can control file compression, bit depth, and resolution on export too.

  • Delete presets. You can now delete preset packs if you want to remove a set from your collection.


  • Improved Native files. Save your editing projects in the native Aurora HDR format which makes it easy to come back and edit in the future. Check the Windows compatibility option so files can be shared between Mac and Windows users.

  • Improved workflow with other applications. We’ve addressed several small bugs reported when working with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

  • Work faster. We’ve improved compatibility with OS X 10.10, 10.11 support. The Histogram also updates in real-time. Users will also enjoy Performance and RAM usage improvements. When editing press Cmd+L to quickly access the Filters list as well.

  • Import old Aurora HDR presets. You can now import presets from previous versions of Aurora HDR.

New Cameras Added

The following new cameras are supported by this recent update:

  • Apple

    • Apple iPhone 8

    • Apple iPhone 8 Plus

    • Apple iPhone X

  • Canon

    • Canon EOS M100

    • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

  • Google

    • Google Pixel 2

    • Google Pixel 2 XL

  • GoPro

    • GoPro FUSION

    • GoPro HERO6 Black

  • Hasselblad

    • Hasselblad A6D-100c

  • Leica

    • Leica CL

  • Light

    • Light L16

  • Panasonic

    • Panasonic LUMIX DC-G9

  • Sony

    • Sony RX10 IV (DSC-RX10M4)

    • Sony A7R III (ILCE-7RM3)

For a complete list of cameras – click here.

We hope you enjoy these improvements.  We’re hard at work on more as well as the new digital asset manager for next year.

NOVEMBER 30, 2017

This free update brings the following new and improved features:


  • Added Luminosity Mask feature
  • Added Resize option to export dialog
  • Added hotkeys for main application modes, brush, zoom
  • Improved stability, particularly app crashes on exporting files
  • Improved UI and performance
  • Fixed issue with Adobe Photoshop plugin
  • Fixed image orientation issue


  • Added Luminar 2018 in plugin menu
  • Added “Expand All” feature for filters
  • Added support for Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018
  • Added amount slider for image presets in Batch Processing
  • Improved RAW, DNG support for several cameras including Nikon D850
  • Improved Touch Bar support
  • Improved Batch Processing UI
  • Improved UI and performance
  • Fixed localization issues
  • Fixed several issues related to macOS 10.10
  • Fixed colorspace mismatch issue with Adobe Photoshop plugin
  • Fixed saving issues with Adobe Lightroom plugin
  • Fixed DPI resolution issues on exporting files

Getting the Update

Aurora HDR 2018 is designed to receive all free software updates automatically. However, if for some reason this doesn't occur, or you want to make sure you're using the latest version:

  • For Mac choose "Check for updates" in the Aurora HDR 2018 menu in the upper left-hand corner (near the Apple logo).
  • For Windows choose "Check for Updates" in the Help menu of the top bar menu.
  • If you’ve purchased Aurora HDR 2018 through the App Store, all the updates will happen through the App Store. To check if the update is available, launch the Mac App Store application, and click Updates from the top bar. You'll see a list of pending application updates: find Aurora HDR 2018 and click the Update button.
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