I've got a new PC (thanks for the advice Garbz) and have started shooting RAW, great. However, I'm finding it much more complex than JPEG and am wondering whether there is any real benefit. After copying the files from my card to PC, I use Picasa photo viewer, which installed with Picasa, to sort through them and make a selection for processing (uh-oh). When I scroll to an image, for a second or two the image looks good then it morphs into a butt-ugly thing devoid of contrast and saturation. I'm guessing the first image is the one with settings applied that my camera reccomended in the header file, and the second is the "pure" RAW file, if you like? If this is so, I am faced with a problem because this makes selection difficult - instead of being able to see the real RAW file from the start, I see the one with settings applied and have to wait a second to see the real one, unedited. I have no way of comparing side-by-side two files to see which one I prefer. Can someone reccomend me therefore a good image viewer that will let me see the untouched RAW files first thing, and compare them side by side (Nikon .NEF's)? Also, based on what should I choose the file to work on? By the cleanest histogram with no burnt out shadows or highlights, I presume? In that case, I need an app that will allow me to see a histgram. The next part of the workflow is the part I enjoy and find superior to JPG. I import to Adobe Camera Raw 4 to make my adjustments. This part is much easier and the controls are basically like my previous JPG workflow, but all in one place. When I am finished, however, I have 3 options: Save image, open image, cancel, and done. I see that 'done' saves a text file with all changes, without actually editing the file itself, I like that. However, my next step is to make more detailed adjustments in CS3, so I can either 'save image', and export as TIFF, then work on that in PS, or I can 'open image', and work on the NEF in PS anyway. I'm a bit confused here, which is the way to go? I always thought that exporting as TIFFs and editing in PS was what one should do, but now that I see I can work on the NEF's themselves I'm not sure. (N.B. I want the final, end-format to be uncompressed TIFF). After I've worked on the TIFF I save it, and I'm done. So far so good. Then it comes to picking a file to save for web and flickr, and possibly printing. Picasa photo viewer screws it up again. When I look at the files in that, they look completely different to when the same file is open either in PS or the default Windows photo viewer - they are much less saturated and generally don't look as nice. Now I'm wondering who to believe - Picasa photo viewer or PS and the Windows app? I didn't know different applications would render the same photo differently! Any help with this dilemmas would be much appreciated.