Andrew....you are correct...I missed an 'un', which I think makes it clearer
I guess you never have any desire or need to go back an modify a wip image, rather than restarting the raw or modifying the unflattened tiff. As you know, things like sharpening or blurring in a flattened cannot be easily fix, but are easy in the layered version.
First, the above sentence is in severe need of editing and clarification. I don't know what a wip image is. That said, I can count on one hand the times I've gone back to the original raw and started from scratch. And I've been processing images since 1990! Both for myself and others (for a few years as a service bureau). How's that as a start.[/quote]
So...never go back to the RAW..OK. Go back to the layered TIFF(PSD)?
I think that's what everyone is afraid of losing. I would be more than willing to get "on the (rental) train", if when I wanted/needed to get off, I could retain the processing I had.
Even if it was just allowed only once. Would some abuse it, sure....but there's a lot of pirates out there that are doing much worse.
It also would not be Adobe's big money customers. It would be the small guy, like me and many others. People they might lose completely without this option. Lemme see....I can have none of the pie (Joe average photographer), or a real small part of it....or, I can have a bigger piece of the pie, just by allowing an one time exit strategy.....hmmmm
Actually, truth be told, it is like a breakfast of ham & eggs....the chicken is involved, the pig is committed. Where I am heading is that while I am quite concerned about PS, I am scared "shyte-less" about the possible/probable direction of Lightroom