Hi BB Since joining the forum a few weeks ago I have been following many threads but your question struck a chord with me. My problems began when I moved from film to digital and it quickly became apparent that I needed some way to catalogue all my image files. For me this was the primary requirement simply to keep track of a rapidly expanding collection. I tried out quite a number of different solutions none of which seemed to be entirely satisfactory. Then along came Aperture and Lightroom almost at the same time. I finally settled on Lightroom but as far as I am concerned both LR and Aperture are excellent. What appealed to me most was the fact that I could catalogue, convert RAW to jpeg and make minor adjustments (colour temp', exposure, cropping etc all in one piece of software. I have Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac (I think it was free with my E-P2) but haven't used it much - although I may in time. Your suggestion of a thread for LR, Aperture etc is a good one. I've been using LR since it's first Beta but probably only understand 10% of it's features properly. (Being a Forum newbie I'll leave it to others to start this). Thanks to everyone for their input on this thread, it's given me food for thought i.e Nik plugins for LR. Jim.