"Would you mind exploring workflow as it applies to the busy professional. Lightroom is nice but other programs like ACDSee Pro are more functional and much faster with RAW files. I would particularly like to see what the well established real estate photographers are using to speed workflow"
Well I don't claim to be the last word on workflow but I know there are plenty of well established real estate photographer readers that will help me explore workflow.
Let me start out by saying that Lightroom to me is the biggest (and best) thing that has happened to work photographic workflow since I started shooting digital in 1999. The ability to fine tune images with sliders (works both with RAW and JPG) is awesome! I'm still spending time learning how to best use Lightroom. The two resources I like best are the Lightroom videos at lynda.com and Scott Kelby's, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book My only complaint about Lightroom is that I still need to leave Lightroom to make sure all my verticals are vertical. If I could just always keep my camera perfectly level I could eliminate this step.
A second important piece of fast efficient workflow is DXO. I know that many PFRE readers use DXO and like it. I don't use it yet but I'm thinking seriously of taking advantage of the 20% discount available through June 10, 2007 (Ues promo code 3YRSDXO to get the 20% at the DXO online store). DXO allows lens/camera distortion correction in batch mode and thus allowing you to improve the quality of your images with very little work. You can do all these things in Lightroom but not automatically. You "tell" DXO what kind of camera and lens you have, then DXO does the rest.
Now lets hear from the rest of you that want to say something about workflow. Anyone else out there use ACDSee Pro?