IMHO!!! Get the best out of your hardwares, then spent little time manipulating your shots with softwares....
Pierre Daigneault: Good article and great read. For me software is a bit like hardware. There are so many options but in the end it is the person who knows his hardware the best that will get the best picture. I think that most of these packages will do a good job. My advice...pick one, and learn it back to front. I have seen people do amazing things just by knowing exactly how to drive the software. Of course if you don't want to put the investment into knowing the software (we would all rather be taking photos than spending hours processing them) then some of the more expensive software does cut down the processing time.....
Very good comment!!! Cheers!!!
bigdaddave: A very nice review, thanks.
I've been using LR4 today and my only real comment is it's quite a bit slower than LR3 on a decent Win7 pc
marika: Considering I bought LR3 last week and still haven´t received the package yetI´m very, very, VERY dissatisfied as I payed $70 more for an older version. And Adobe is not the the easiest company to send an e-mail to...Very bad Adobe, very bad.
People seems to have fetish in buying things when in fact they haven't explored all the possibilities of the softwares that they currently have. Well, if money don't matter to these individuals, they can spend as much as they want. Just being practical.
Dan4321: Too much fluff, I really just want something to develop the raws in the least amount of time and with the least amount of 'tweaking' required. Book mode, map mode, print-to-whatever mode, all those things are totally lost on people like me and probably 95% of the users out there. This is why a lot of people still use Digital Photo Professional over adobe camera raw for 99% of the photos out there. Make the raw development engine quick and intelligent with as much automatic setting as possible and only then will people like me be willing to pay that much for it.
Try Dxo Pro 7 it's an amazing tool IMO.I'm using LR too. Whatever my preferences are, I switched or choose between the two.