> The tone adjust has the opposite effect on the very distant
> town on the Ebensee. It actually has more contrast with NO adjust.
My first though was that you are completely wrong :-)
But i have found a computer that shows your described effect. Really weird - the only thing i can imagine is, that it is dependend on the graphics card. This should be submitted as a bug report to the development team.
> It is asif HD View overcompensates like it does with a bright sky and
> then the effect looks solarized.
Same as above. Seemengly needs some fine tuning...
> The remaining mystery is how the HD View team shoots the pre-stitched
> on auto exposure. Still not clear at what moment in the workflow these
> images get normalized.
At the moment, you can coose between 2 software packages that are able to "normalize" auto exposed images: Hugin and Autopano Pro - both in their latest beta/alpha versions.