October 8th, 2008
I’m glad to see that the 3.1 version of Photomatix has added a Lightroom export plugin. Photomatix 3.1 is still in Beta. I’ve been using the Beta 8 version of Photomatix for several days and I like being able to use Photomatix from Lightroom.
The only downside that I’ve found to the current export plugin is that it does not re-import the final tonemapped or blended image back into Lightroom like LR/Enfuse does. To me, it makes a great deal of sense to keep both the final image stacked with the RAW images that when into make the final image.
When I suggested this to HDRsoft their reply was as follows:
Thank you for your suggestion.
I asked one member of our team who is using Lightroom
on a daily basis tohave a look at this idea. He discussed
this with another LR user, and they both say that they do
not like to have their processed image in the same
location as their RAW file, and do not think this is a good
thing. They systematically separate both, and thus prefer
the ability (as implemented in Photomatix Pro 3.1beta with
the option on the Save dialog) to import the final processed
image in Lightroom the way they want.
We could make it an option to have the saved image automatically imported back in to the source folder, but we will see first if we received more requests
for it before working on it.
So what do you think? If you agree with me about grouping everything together send hdrsoft an e-mail (support at hdrsoft dot com) an let help me convince them.