This thread is a bit misleading. The titles is only about HDR, but focus stacking and pano are discussed as well.
I would love and need these blending abilities. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro or not. Really.
Focus stacking (or bracketin) is really important in macro, but also in landscape photography. Suggesting to use other programs is not good at all, because this requires to create a TIFF file that you transfer from DxO to another program and vice versa. You then loose all the flexibility of DxO RAW processing. And processing the images before exporting them to another program is poor workaround. I want my focus stacking to be done before I do my exposure adjustments, conversion to B&W, so on and so forth.
Same for panorama. I don’t want to break the RAW processing chain by exporting TIFF files.
And same for HDR, I want to remain in my RAW workflow at all times.