Ah the following is from http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/...room-tips.shtml
Just scroll down the page.
Beta One of Lightroom only allows there to be one Library active at a time, and has no ability (yet) to merge separate Libraries. This is problematic if you have both a desktop and a laptop computer. You come back from a shoot with your new shots having been worked on within Lightroom while on location, but have no way of using the laptop's Library as part of your main Library. What to do?
My solution was to move my Library to a small portable hard drive ( an 80GB Firelight ). This is now where my Lightroom Library lives, and will remain until a version of the program appears that is able to merge separate Libraries. It makes taking my entire Library with me at all times simple, and I plug the drive into whichever computer is needed at the time. Just make sure that each computer's copy of Lightroom points to the same external drive
The above referrs to LIGHTROOM .... unless they had a typeo or something. Or it was/is being corrrected in Beta2 .. ?
One free program I use is RawShooter Essentials 2006. Simple yet effective handling of Raw. I will be getting the Pro version for it has more features and is still reasonable.
Yes I know Lightroom is in developement and not done. It is sorta nice that Adobe is letting mere mortals as myself "pitch in" and "develope" the program, I mean after all it doesn't cost them anything, all this FREE input, it is the least they can do is not charge for it at this stage
AND Apple charging dearly for their program, what is it? somethilng like $500.
Did I miss something? Yes graphic artists use Photoshop, however as a photographer, IMHO photoshop has all but replaced by wet darkroom.
Now if the powers that be can just agree on the raw format so that down the road I can still make "prints" from the electronic data.
Meanwhile I still shoot as much film as I can, untill at least film goes the way of "stone Lithography" and only used by "fine artists", on important money jobs.
Now don't get be entirely wrong. I really like the new technology. I can do things with my photos that was either IMPOSSIBLE or VERY difficult and TIME consuming to do.
Masking, dodging, burning, zone system, intensifying, all have been around since the start of photography, only now it is much easier and faster to do. I plan to be a working photographer untill I end up as dust under someone bed.
Oh another program that was free at first, (you can still find it in a used book store if you are lucky and the cd is still attached) was the forrunner of Genuine Fractals up rezing and have (more or less) loss-less compression.
The very best thing about Photoshop is the feature of plug-ins.