DxO Photolab as LR replacement?

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DxO Photolab as LR replacement?

Anyone here experimenting/have experience with using Photolab as a replacement for LR?

I've largely enjoyed using LR6 for some light tweaking of RAWs and general photo management, but I'm getting a bit nervous about Adobe effectively putting standalone LR into end-of-life state. I don't mean to get into another LR rant but between the lack of support for new bodies + lens, and having a tougher than expected time smoothing out noise in medium ISO RAWs from my new D7500 (separate story), I've dabbled with Photolab Elite and am surprisingly happy. NR for RAW is miles ahead of LR, functions like SmartLighting and Clearview take care of 60-80% of light editing work.

The most glaring omission so far is lack of DAM. Design appears to be centered entirely around editing individual pictures rather than comprehensive workflow management (import, cataloging, managing said catalog etc).

Is there an easy way to integrate DxO into LR workflow (so I continue importing in LR, but the RAWs are routing automatically to DxO for NR + lens correction before being deposited back into LR as TIFF or another format for final editing?). If you leave LR entirely for Photolab, what would you use for managing said catalog? Just copy and paste files from your SDcard into your server?

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Olympus E-M1 Nikon D7500 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 +1 more
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