Creaceed ( has released Hydra 2.2 The upgrade addresses a major feature request from the HDR user community: an HDR plug-In for Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom.

All Hydra’s features are from now on available directly in the Lightroom workflow. From a series of regular photographs of the same scene, the plug-in creates an High Dynamic Range image that’s much closer to what your eyes actually see, according to the folks at Creaceed.

Hydra 2.2 works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It’s Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

A time-unlimited trial version of Hydra and the Lightroom Plug-In is available in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese on Creaceed’s web site. The demo version generates watermarked image files. A license key for Hydra 2.x costs US$79.95, and can be used for registering both the stand-alone version and the plug-Ins. The upgrade is free for Hydra 2.x registered users. The upgrade from Hydra 1.x costs $19.95.