In a recent thread: http://www.photo.net/digital-darkroom-forum/00cEgH I complained about some of Lightroom's behaviors and asked for suggestions. Some of you provided some helpful information and perspectives--thanks!--but I have some follow-up questions (and the original thread got rather long and sidetracked). Let me phrase my main questions / concerns this way: (1) Is there a raw converter that (a) delivers top-quality results; (b) includes high-quality, automated lens-correction with readily-available profiles for most lenses; and (c) is available for no more cost than Lightroom? (2) Does the version of ACR that comes with Elements include all of the tools (like lens corrections and curves) that come with Lightroom and the version of ACR that comes with PS? I find Lightroom's required workflow (import-export process) bureaucratic and nanny-ish for some purposes, but I could live with it to get the results I want. The high-quality lens corrections (particularly geometric distortion and chromatic aberration) through automated profiles available for my main lenses were the big draw. But high-quality basic raw conversion is a must, as is reasonable curves, white-balance, and color-correction functionality. And Lightroom's perspective distortion tools (to sort-of mimic, e.g., front rise) and noise-reduction options are a great bonus. In the prior thread, several other programs were suggested, but for none was it clear to me whether they met the basic functionality discussed above. So, if you have any further suggestions, I'm all ears. Thanks!