Photomatix Pro is an application that lets you make some touchups to your image files.
Installing this program should be easy. Just keep in mind that Photomatix Pro offers to install a plugin that it needs in order to fully function (but which is not essential).
The interface of the program is plain and simple. You can import images by using the file browser or the "drag and drop" method.
So, you can apply tone mapping and select one of the preset thumbnails - "Enhancer" (default, painterly, grunge, smooth, black or white) or “Compressor” (default or deep).
You can adjust the color strength and saturation, luminosity, detail contrast, brightness, tonal range compression, contrast adaptation, white point and black point.
But you can also set the temperature, smooth highlights, gamma and lighting adjustments (optionally enable lighting effects mode), as well as use a loupe to view the level of details in the enhancements.
In addition, you can use batch processing and batch single files, crop, resize, rotate and sharpen pictures, reduce chromatic aberrations and noise, unwrap the mirror ball, zoom in and out, and more.
The program uses a high amount of system resources and includes a complete user manual, tutorials and a FAQ page. So, we can safely say that beginners are welcomed to experiment with this program. No errors have popped up during our tests and the general response time of the program is very good. However, the demo version has some harsh limitations. Otherwise, we definitely recommend Photomatix Pro to all users.