nqjudo wrote in post #18206069
That's one way to look at things I guess. If you look at articles, reviews and general recommendations for HDR software you'll still find that in 2016, Photomatix features quite prominently among the 'best of/recommended' lists. There is still a strong demand for the product and support remains good. Consider that the time between the releases of version 4 and 5 was a little over 3 years. It offers a different perspective in that long periods between releases in the case of HDRsoft may have more to do with not fixing it if it isn't broken rather than giving up the ghost. At the very least it is an indicator that the state of things is no more dire now than it was then. Whether they release another version or not, the present offering still excels at what it does and if one finds it unsuitable, you state the case very well that there are other options available. There's never going to be one HDR software to rule them all and maybe these full 'pro' HDR suites are a little outdated anyway. Choice is good.
Valid points. However, I would disagree on one - the part about not fixing something that was not broke. In version 5 they stuck that adjustment routine in at the end. It has always been my belief that was just a wedge added to the end of their existing program. Instead of changing the way the main program works, they sort of tacked that wedge onto the end. IMHO, a shoddy and cheap way to code. I've never been impressed with it. And every time I use Photomatix and run across those final adjustments, my thoughts are they were just an afterthought.
Alveric wrote in post #18206208
most clients are rejecting HDR images right off the bat:
Not true. I will agree that for the wedding, portrait, etc. photographer, they may not sell. But IMPO that view is myopic - not everybody does what you do.
In the world of fine art sales, they sell quite nicely. I will agree that the images that are over-the-top-tonemapped (clown puke as it were) do not sell. I don't really like the style myself. But images that show no or just a little tonemapping effect actually sell rather nicely.