So glad you posted John...I surely hope C1 doesn't merge with MPro. I think MediaPro is powerful but I do run into trouble with it often enough that I put it on the side burner. And it's execution as well as GUI for certain functions is just clunky.
LR is rather polished, and it has "safety nets" (It doesn't crash..It comes up with ? marks for folders missing or such. It asks questions for functions before it executes. It give options. It even has a start intro on how to use it so you understand its thinking. This is Mature forward thinking...BUT it feels like its specifically aimed at the "Home fine artist". As if thats all anyone uses photography for? Its as if design for the new rush and influx of SLR buyers that need RAW Dev and make family pictures of their kids, or raindrops on window macro novice shots?!! Ok, perhaps more than just that, but really leave all of production out.
LR says I will manage alllll your camera images...Just so you can see them, develop them, and send it off the way I made it for you to who I want. Your image shouldn't be used in other programs like Acrobat, InDesign, or anything else I don't want you to recognize. Further, I don't want you to know what any other imagefiles you may have in your folders.
.... ..and you don't need to know if its 16bit or 8bit, or CMYK or RGB.
ACDSee is still fast and easy to use. Yes it comes off as bit of a toy in some ways, Not always stable....and I wish they would make it network friendly and at least streamline the managing features at least across their ACDSee manager and "Pro". Oddly the manager alone is more a mature product than Pro, as it acts as jack of All. So they cripple it to sell Pro more...I don't like their business model. They were once inovative...now they run where the herd goes.
I'm really surprised how ACDsee or other DAM programs don't look at all the best features of, say LR, or Media Pro, and offer it as a DAM...Maybe IDImager is such ? But I have very limited experience with it and it has a learning curve, and I would be HAPPY to learn it if it had some RAW preview features. Time to give it a trial run!