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Re: Recommended reading

Originally Posted by DerekW View Post
Also when chosing which software you will go with you have to consider how much it will lock you in to the software. Lightroom does lock you in quite hard as you are dependant on the information in the control database to regenerate the images from the Raw files.

The other item to be considered is the DAM - Data Asset Management - make sure that the DAM is open and will enable you to access the RAW files without the main program being available and can be used to migrate to another system if you choose to .
Yes, this is true. Any non-destructive PP tool will store the changes in some sort of non-portable way. That means if you fall out of love with that software it'll be messy to move. There is a weak file standard for storing edits (so-called XMP side-car files), but most tools will do things that XMP doesn't support so not all the edits you make will be transferable.
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