I have searched a few postings on this matter but did not find a clear answer to my needs so I am posting it with my own perspectives. Hope you don't mind. I have a D80 and shoot RAW. I have PS CS2. I also have two Nikon's free softwares, "Nikon Transfer" and "Nikon View," which can transfer and perform some basic editing to NEF files. I do not like PS because the NEF files that it processes are not as sharp as those cprocessed by the Nikon softwares; furthermore, the images processed by Nikon are slightly warmer and more pleasant to look at. The PS processed files are more subdue in color. While the Nikon free softwares serve me well so far, it does have two major issues. The first one is obvious for a free software that it is limited in its ability to edit NEF files. It can only adjust exposure, WB, D-lighting, and saturation. I can live with these since these are very useful, and I can always use PS for more advanced editing. The second issue is the speed with which it converts files into JPEG. In my iMac G5, it takes several min to convert a NEF file to a "good" JPEG. I could address this by batch convert them so I can walk away to watch TV. Thus my question to you is what is your favorite softwares to process the NEF files with respect to the issues that I raised? If I buy the Nikon Capture software, will it address my two major problems in a cost-effective manner? Thanks.