As a longtime user of Photoshop software, when the latest upgrade to CS6 came with a nice discount on Lightroom 4, I decided to 'get on the bandwagon' that so many other photographers have been 'crowing' about for years. After watching a few 'getting started' videos on LR, I gave it a try. I had thought this program was supposed to be easier than PS, but I actually found it quite confusing compared to PS/BR. I purchased it primarily because of the supposedly superior selection process tools, but later found out that everything has to be 'imported' instead of the easy 'browse' tools that are in Bridge. Since I save all of my original files on external drives, I figured I would have to import a group of images in order to use LR as intended (this, from the start, seemed quite a waste of time and hard-drive space, but I did 'as I was told'). Because I was not sure what LR intended to do and was concerned it may try to 'edit' my originals on my external drive, after importing I disconnected my external drive. I noticed that when viewing the images, there was a notation that the 'original image was offline or missing'. If I had made any modifications to the images, was this software going to edit my originals if I had kept the external drive connected?? Is LR making a copy of the file? Second, I shoot in RAW (NEF) and what I saw on the monitor in LR was horrible. I did some research and it appears I have to set up some profiles or make some setting changes in order to view these files as I can easily do without modification in PS/BR (or ViewNX). I could be wrong on this, but it also seemed like the profile would change the original file in order to speak to LR (and some say if you adjust one thing correctly, it ruins something else). Is this just another program that is trying to be 'in charge' or am I just showing my 'LR Newbie' stripes? thx for all of your comments!