I completely agree with this. I even filed a support request about it, but haven’t received any reply yet other than it will be sent to the appropriate people.
PureRaw is extremely good for the objective things that it does, like remove demosaic artifacts, noise reduction, and lens corrections, but it over-sharpens and with too large of an effective radius. Sharpening is subjective and will vary among photographers and from subject to subject. For most people, this much sharpening (or any sharpening for that matter) should not occur this early in the workflow. I hope more people bring up this issue.
I understand that DXO are trying to make this a 100% “push the button” tool, and it works great for the objective things, but there absolutely needs to be an option to disable sharpening!
As a work-around, I have found that I can use the “contrast by detail level” tool (essentially contrast by wavelet level) in the RAW tool that I use to mostly undo the over-sharpening, but it’s not 100% perfect, and most importantly, I shouldn’t need to add this extra step after using a tool that is supposed to make the workflow easier.
Please, DXO, add the ability to disable sharpening in this tool!