My last post about Aurora HDR was at the end of September 2017. Recently, my long-time friend Mistermpnday PMed saying that it was worth a second look and suggested that I should read a recent comparison review of 2018 hdr apps. This whetted my appetite, so I downloaded the latest Aurora trial (v. 22.214.171.1244) and the User Manual - very clear and easy to comprehend.
I am not going to describe the Aurora UI as you can read one of the many excellent online reviews to learn more. What I will say, however, is that though there are more tools in Auroera than any other HDR app that I have used, they were very well laid out and easy to read - much easier than SNS-HDR which is my main HDR engine of choice. I found everything to be very intuitive. My only serious complaint is that the slider bar below the preset thumbnails is very narrow and tricky to lock onto. By comparison, the Photomatix 6 interface looks veryt out of date and, unless you are used to it, less intuitive to use.
My cameras have small noise-prone sensors, so my normal workflow is to pre-process with DxO Optics Pro 11 and save as DNG files before any tonemapping. As Aurora now has built-in lens correction and noise reduction, all the images posted in this thread have been derived from the original RAWs unless stated otherwise.
This screen-grab illustrates how I primed Aurora before processing: