I agree universality (is that a word?) is a positive, and I hope that all of the medium format participants continue to strive for this. Slowly, slowly, it is becoming more universal. Not so long ago, none of the file formats from medium format products were compatible with any program but their own.
I also hope they continue to develop their own software programs.
Maybe, but with every Leaf, Phase, Canon and Leica file I have and presently use the files have worked in almost every processor I've tried and I currently use CS1, CS3, LR, RD, C-1v4, so at this stage I wouldn't say, Canon, leaf, Leica, Phase files are an issue with 3rd party converters.
(Well I haven't tried Leaf in CS4 but the rest work as described.)
I know that anytime anyone says anything lately about hasselblad it's considered a big knock and it comes with a lot of blowback from certain people, but my comments are based on working with a lot of experience with varied client requests.
In fact on of the few retail projects we shoot is all processed in house by the retailer's pre press division (and they do a very good job).
They primarily work in C-1, sometimes CS3 and will accept shot settings or side car files for refernce as they try very hard to match the vision the photographer intended.
To have to convert, then process, then deliver to a client like this adds days to the workflow and I think you can see the liability to hasselblads file formats.
Regardless, my point of this is to be constructive because it seems that since hasselblad is chaning their software, the logical step would be to develop a file format that is more universal, rather than proprietary.
I think you of all people know how overwhelmed most of us are with post production and anyting to make it easier is more than a plus, today it's mandatory.
This shoot was with two different cameras and processed mostly in lightroom, some in C1 V4 and I could process the files side by side to match.