As a raw image developer, RAW Developer kicks ass major big time! Really. It handles every kind of RAW file I throw at it better than Lightroom and even the manufacturers own softwares...
Especially the new processing pipeline for Sigma X3F files are much appreciated. Extreme quality, both color-, noise- and monochrome-wise.
I wish the more workflow related features were a bit more robust though. As is now, I can mark select images, but no way to work through a shoot fast, delete the bad shots, sort images into different folders. And I also wish I could rotate the thumbnails!
Well, I know RAW Developer is not a Lightroom or Aperture kind of app, but more a high quality developer. And I dig that. I just feel Lightroom is overkill, and that with a little expanded "workflow" functionality, my mind would enter a zen mind state, doing less, to accomplish more. Lightroom and Aperture has catalogs and databases. I don't want that, I just want a folder hierarchy. I feel tied up with database structures.
So what do I propose? A grid view of the opened folder, and a folder hierarchy like found in Capture One 3.x series. Now that Phase One has blown their nasty version 4.0, I guess that a lot of ex Capture One users would go with RAW Deveoper if a Capture One file workflow could be done in RAW Developer. To a lot of photographers, Capture One has been more than enough to allow great productivity. I just need my shots in, work, out, next. Then have some keywords / IPTC / metatags / Spotlight tags to find a certain image again, should I need it.
Brian the developer is a great developer, answers emails thoroughly, so maybe he will consider the above? Would be way cool. The world needs less-fuzz-solutions instead of all the crowded, bloated busy-stuff.