jon404: Just downloaded an Aftershot trial. Looks like a good program, runs OK on my little Acer netbook.
Maybe it's just me, but I'm off Adobe bloatware.
In the heavy tank way :) Seriously, if comparing Lightroom vs. Aftershot in terms of speed and efficiency, Aftershot literally blows Lightroom and leaves it in the dust miles behind. Lightroom feels very sluggish and catalog workflow is a real pita mildly said. Why not having just xmp + raw for all the data? And the ability to assing RAW files to LR for opening directly, with no crappy importing? Data would be much more portable and workflow would be more logical, transparent and faster. LR is a heavy tank, but I still have to prefer this tank to blazing Corel supercar, because it still gets the colors better and has a better image output overall imho with NR being more gentle to details. And thats what matters to the client. Hope Corel gets this right in the next version as Id be more than happy to switch to speed from LR.