Ok, I am ready for starting to shoot RAW, at least for my landscape shots --I have realized how limited JPEGs are. I have been using iPhoto to massage the JPEGs on my MacBook Pro. Lately I have been experimenting with Pixelmator as it has a higher level of control. I would like advice/guidance/words of widsom on what PP software to use. I have read (and watched tutorials) and find it a bit overwhelming ...and I am reluctant to buy LR just because it is the big player and that Aperture apparently hasn’t been updated since dinosaurs roamed the earth. It appears that LR offers more tools/control while Aperture might have a more familiar workflow/organization. Is DXO Optics Pro another option? I get the impression that it is a stand-alone PP software and not just a RAW converter with corrections for certain camera/lens combos and elaborate NR algorithms. Has Apple abandoned Aperture? Will third parties continue plug-in support? Sorry about the rambling post and lack of specific questions, but I don’t know where to start.