Many of the gurus seem to agree on that Raw Developer is the raw converter that can extract most detail, due to the Lucy-Richardson deconvolution. At the same time, I am very concerned about color accuracy and very fond of my DNG profiles created with the DNG Profile Editor.
Raw Developer can take DNGs as input, and in the Input pane, there is a choice of input profiles, amongst others #1-the camera profile, #2-DNG Style Color Rendering Default, and #3-DNG Style Color Rendering (Use file metadata). I had hoped that when I applied my DNG profile in ACR, saved with that profile as DNG and opened the image in RD with input option 3, the profile would be used. But no. I can see a difference between #1 on the one hand and #2 and #3 on the other, but not between #2 and #3. (In ACR, I can clearly see the difference between my profile and the Adobe Standard).
Now I could try to go the other way: try to learn the necessary basic Unix and create ICC profiles with Argyll, then output TIFs from RD and use these in ACR and PS. Question: Would ACR and Photoshop recognize these profiles, or the color changes made by them?
(I would like to go on post-processing in ACR and PS.)
Thank you for your input. - Hening.