A friend has sent me a link with a HDR tone mapping software that deserves some mention for its particular features.
It's as simple as possible: the user has nothing to decide, nothing to choose, no sliders, not even a graphical user interface. You just drag your TIFF, JPEG or RAW files and drop them over the .exe file (no installation required). The program will read the files, process them and produce the output.
Nothing to choose nor configure. If you like the result, then it's OK. If you don't, try other software.
The good thing is that in the few tests I have done it performs quite well: produces a colourful and well globally and locally contrasted image with a realistic appearance. I have seen it sometimes outputs partially saturated pixels producing slightly wrong colours though.
It is called SNS-HDR and some download links (depending on version) can be found in the following sophisticated site: SNS-HDR
I have done an example. A quite high dynamic range scene was shot 3 times at 2EV intervals. The resulting RAW files were processed and optimally fused using Zero Noise
that was asked to produce a series of 5 output replicas at 1EV intervals, so that SNS-HDR could not complain about the input quality:
Those 5 TIFF files were dropped onto SNS-HDR and this was the result:
No visible halos, full dynamic range rendered, just some strange colours (partial saturation I think) under the chair, realistic view.
Here converted to B&W (no colour problems) just taking the L channel on Lab: