so far, I have been using Lightroom as a catalog application and RAW converter. Just recently though, I have come across Iridient's RAW Developer and have to say that the quality of the conversion is just amazing. The level of detail and smoothness of gradations are great. So, going forward I would like to still use Lightroom for cataloging my images, but use RAW Developer at least for converting the best images.
Is anybody using the combination of Lightroom and RAW Developer? Any tips on workflow across the 2 applications? Known problems with regards to ratings and metadata? I would love to hear from you.
Agreed, RD is an amazingly good converter and I've found some areas recently where it really trumped the ACR engine, especially with respect to highlight recovery. I suspect, but haven't tried it, that you could setup RD as an external editor but of course, all the metadata instructions would be "invisible" to LR. so you'd use it as a DAM so to speak, but unless you render out the data from RD, which of course you'd want to do as you'd be using its engine, the rest of LR would be of questionable use. So I could see an "open in external editor" being RD, have it save the rendered TIFF then store that TIFF in LR for all subsequent (non Develop) work.
Oh, here's a side by side of RD and LR in terms of the issues with highlights (I don't think its necessary to label which is which):