How to Make Photoversity Presets Work in Aurora HDR 2017

If you're using Aurora HDR 2017 and downloaded the free Photoversity presets, you may be wondering where they disappeared to. Macphun changed the filename extension for Aurora HDR presets with the 2017 version. The presets still work just fine, but Aurora HDR 2017 can't see them.

I've updated the files for new orders, but if you already have the presets, you can make the fix yourself pretty easily.

If you've downloaded the presets for Aurora HDR 2017, do the following:

  1. In the folder of items you downloaded, locate the files that end in the extension .mip2.
  2. Rename the files from .mip2 to .map.

If Aurora HDR 2017 is open, it recognizes the presets within a few seconds. You'll find them by clicking the Custom preset category, or the All Presets option.

If you installed the presets for Aurora HDR (version 1.x), do the following:

  1. Open Aurora HDR 1.x.
  2. Choose File > Show Presets Folder. Keep that window open in the Finder.
  3. Open Aurora HDR 2017.
  4. Choose File > Show Presets Folder.
  5. In the Finder, hold the Option key and drag the .mip2 files from the Aurora HDR 1.x Presets folder to the Aurora HDR 2017 Presets folder. (Holding Option as you drag makes a copy.)
  6. In the Presets folder for Aurora HDR 2017, rename the filename extensions from .mip2 to .map.

If you have trouble, or you no longer have the original Photoversity presets, contact me at support@photoversity.com.


Aurora HDR 2017 Is Coming in September

[Update: Aurora HDR 2017 is now out! See updated pricing below.]

Macphun has announced the next version of Aurora HDR, and it looks like a great update! New features of Aurora HDR 2017 include:

  • Improved tone mapping
  • New tools, including an adjustable polarize filter and a radial masking tool
  • Batch processing
  • An updated interface

Take a look at the new features and sign up for Macphun updates that come up between now and the release. Pre-orders will kick off September 15, and the update will launch September 29.

A range of pricing is available. [Updated]

  • Current users of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 for $59
  • Current users of the standard version of Aurora HDR can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 for $79
  • New customers can order Aurora HDR 2017 for $79

Want to save some more? Use the coupon code PHOTOV17 to get 10% off Aurora HDR 2017, Creative Kit, and Macphun's current selection of software.

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this release and updating my book to cover it!