A couple of weeks ago I attended Matt Kloskowski's Lightroom workshop in Portland and during the lunch break OnOne Software gave a demo/presentation of their up coming Perfect Photo Suite 8 that is scheduled to be released sometime in November 2013. Click here to want to participate in the public Beta of this software (free beta copy).
The Perfect Photo Suite 8 has a bunch of different modules/plugins that each targeted specific photo editing tasks. All of these plugins work from Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or just run standalone.
What dawned on me during the presentation was the fact that two of these plugins (Perfect Mask and Perfect Layers) contain the primary features that real estate photographers need that are missing from Lightroom and Aperture. That is, the only things that real estate photographers need to do that they can't do with Lightroom is sky replacement and layering. It looks to me that with a couple of these relatively inexpensive plugins (inexpensive compared to the on going cost of Photoshop CC) real estate photographers could get by using just Lightroom and the OnOne plugins without needing Photoshop. I am still learning to use these plugins so this is still a speculation, but it looks like a promising speculation at this point. Check Perfect Photo Suite 8 out and see what you think.